A new association has formed with the aim of growing and further legitimising esports in Australia and New Zealand.

The Esports Games Association of Australia and New Zealand (EGAA) says it will act as a unifying peak body for the esports industry.

The EGAA plans to work with players, teams, managers, organisers and sponsors to set and improve the structures and standards for the whole industry, and help advance the local esports scene.

Its vision is for a unified, supportive scene that nurtures stability, growth and fairplay for esports in ANZ.

As one of its first initiatives, the EGAA is organising an esports conference, and will act as an official partner capacity to help support MCV Pacific with the Esports Pro Oceania Awards night on March 14, 2018.

It will initially provide members with access to an industry conference; facilitate communication, networking, professional development and education; provide an avenue for engagement in esports for members with government and business; assistance in league and organisation structure; and more.

The EGAA board is: Chris Smith (Corsair), Daniel Chlebowczyk (CouchWarriors), David Harris (Guinevere Capital, Dire Wolves), Jason Spiller (HP New Zealand), Nick Vanzetti (ESL Australia), and Josh Edwards (ViewSonic).

Eranga De Silva is in charge of member services manager and operations, and Mathew Jessep (Jessep Entertainment & Sports Lawyers) is interim CEO.