AESA is an international organization headquartered in South Africa, with Registration number: [pending]. It was established to promote the development and adoption of Electronic Sports (Esports) in Africa.
AESA is an independent non-profit organization which seeks to break down the barriers of entry to Esports for the youth, particularly the less fortunate. AESA in parallel, strives to increase the standards of Esports in society, by empowering youths, local ecosystem partners and align Governments and Ministries for a new industry. It also seeks to empower youths in 21st century digital skills development by encouraging learning through Play/Gaming, Programming/Coding and Robotics. We are also deeply involved in capacity building for industry 4.0 with a mindset of getting the African continent ready for the 4th industrial revolution.
So, what we intend doing at AESA is multi-pronged whereby it will bring formal and strategic interventions to build and align the grassroots of Esports with already established ecosystem partners to ensure cohesive growth in the sector whilst maintaining a strategic approach to the grass-root level at basic and higher education.
At AESA we believe that the introduction of Esports at an early age with formal policies will help youths on several levels, like digital skills development, social development, community building, to name a few. We believe once youths are placed on the right track, and they are given the access and the needed support and platforms, there is no limit to what they can achieve for themselves and for the nation.
The youth of any country cannot be ignored in the development and advancement of the country, which is why we are leveraging on our experience in governance and industry, to get as much youth connected and learning through play throughout Africa.
The founders of AESA are people with robust experience in governance, enterprise development, social work and legal matters, amongst other fields.
The founding members are Mr Ryan Macquet, Mrs Thembi Chagonda and Mr Simon Kwete.
Mr Ryan Macquet: With over 20 years of experience as a Gamer, Professional Esports competitive player and 9 years ICT experience working for Intel Corporation in both retail and the Education Sector.
Mrs Thembi Chagonda: Mrs Chagonda sits on several boards in South Africa and is the managing director of Global Business Solutions. She is involved in several community development projects touching on youth, education and disability.