The order developed out of a decade-long effort by the Sri Lankan Esports Association (SLESA) to see esports legitimised. Esports previously made an appearance at the 2018 Asian Games as a demonstration sport, leading to the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka (NOCSL) aiding the effort to approve its official status as a sport. Esports is a flourishing sport in Sri Lanka and is set to make its inaugural appearance as a medal event at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, which takes place this December in the Philippines.
Esports Insider says: Sri Lanka leads the charge in South Asia by elevating esports to an officially-recognized sport. The Southeast Asia Games will give esports another official platform in the region and it simply seems like a matter of time until more countries follow suit.