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Iceland’s Social Affairs Ministry, in partnership with the Icelandic esports Association, launched a new training programme in esports coaching. Persons interested in esports coaching can attend the programme and potentially get a job as esports coach.

Iceland’s government has pumped in ISK 10 million ($78,000/€64,000) for implementing the six-month coaching programme, which intended for those who currently jobless.

Ásmundur Einar Daðason, Minister of Social Affairs and Children, said: “I am very excited about this collaboration with the Icelandic eSports Association, where we are hitting two birds with one stone. Create exciting opportunities for unemployed individuals and at the same time strengthen eSports infrastructure. There is a lot of strength and growth in eSports in Iceland, but the industry is young and therefore the infrastructure in clubs is often lacking. There has also been a lack of individuals who have experience in training young people, and it is very important that we get individuals with skills and experience into [the eSports industry].”

Ólafur Hrafn Steinarsson, chairman of the Icelandic eSports Association, added. “This project is extremely important for eSports in Iceland and a great recognition of the excellent work that has been done for eSports in recent years.”