Global Partnership Creates Esports Venue Design Standards

The International Esports Federation and DLA+ Architecture & Interior Design are pleased to announce their strategic partnership and creation of Esports Venue Standardization Guidelines

Busan, South Korea & Pittsburgh, PA – November 30, 2020 – The International Esports Federation (IESF) and DLA+ Architecture & Interior Design (DLA+) are pleased to announce their global partnership, combining IESF’s promotion of Esports and its global member network of national governing bodies with DLA+’s expertise of Esports venue planning and design. This partnership will establish the guidelines for the design of Esports venues and DLA+ will become an exclusive Certifying Agency for Esports facilities on behalf of IESF as well as an Official Advisor to IESF.

All over the world, more and more governments and sporting authorities recognize Esports as a competitive sporting activity. Esports were featured at the 2018 Asian Games as a demonstration event and are being pursued for inclusion as a full medal event at the Asian Games and Olympic Games in near future. 

The Esports Venue Standardization Guidelines will support this movement by defining spatial and technical requirements of Esports facilities and establish regulations and procedures for Esports venue certification. The focus is to satisfy the needs of fans, players, media, and operators, as well as identifying requirements to promote efficient, functional, and safe environments for Esports events. The certification and inspection processes will include qualifications, requirements, testing and evaluation methods, schedule, documentation, and fees based on each classification of the Esports facilities.

“The DLA+ IESF partnership will explore the unique characteristics of Esports activities and environments, both technical and physical, and leverage those qualities to promote this fast-growing sport. As sports and entertainment venue design experts, we will establish standards which will offer an efficient process and clear guidance to create a positive experience for fans, players, media, and operators. Our goal is to ensure that all Esports venues provide the conditions necessary for high-quality competition, production, and presentation of Esports games and events, both in-venue and through various forms of media,” said Sung Jung, DLA+ Associate and Sports Practice Leader.

“We at IESF are excited to provide our members with the Esports Venue Standardization Guidelines to aid them in their consideration and design of Esports facilities for fans and players. The guidelines will be a significant resource for our global members and will also help our efforts creating an international standardization in various disciplines alongside the stakeholders of the Esports ecosystem” said Vlad Marinescu, IESF President.

The partnership and Esports Venue Standardization Guidelines come at an important time as global Esports revenue is expected to grow to roughly $1.2 Billion in 2021.

Source: https://ie-sf.org/?p=5121
Originally published on: Mon, 30 Nov 2020 07:03:38 +0000

GEES20’s Hybrid Online/Offline Format Achieves Excellence as IESF Adapts to COVID-19

The two-day Global Esports Executive Summit delivers big on the pressing issues in the Esports world in its 5th annual event.

The two-day Global Esports Executive Summit delivers big on the pressing issues in the Esports world in its 5th annual event.

GEES20 came to a close today in Busan, South Korea, after two days of engaging discussion with some big names in the Esports world. This year’s hybrid online/offline event offered a new set of challenges to IESF as the format adapted to the challenges posed by COVID-19. They say that “necessity is the mother of invention,” and many of the innovations put to use at GEES20 could remain valuable additions to future GEES and IESF events, as many presentations and speeches were given via pre-recorded message, and panelists participated in discussions from around the world via Zoom.

Hosted at the brand new Busan Esports Arena, GEES20 had a great stage and all of the bright lights you would expect at a GEES conference, but there was minimal audience in the venue this year, and questions for the Q&A periods and panels were harvested from the IESF Youtube channel.  We can’t express enough gratitude to all of the viewers for making such a valuable contribution to GEES20. If you weren’t able to watch live, be sure to check out IESF’s Youtube channel for videos of the event in the coming days!

There were four sessions at this 5th annual Global Esports Executive Summit, each with an impressive list of speakers and panelists. Take a look!

Esports and Traditional Sports Convergence Philippe Gueisbuhler , General Director, Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) Byoungho Kang , Esports Manager, K LEAGUE Roy Hessing , CEO, Maccabiah, Maccabi World Union Lisa Ghil , Education Manager, Korea Anti-Doping Agency (KADA) Yong-Chul Yun , CEO, Prime Sports International (PSI) Samart Benjamin Assarasakorn , Chief Executive Secretary, Thailand Esports Federation (TESF)

Diversity Marketing and Esports Keshia Walker, Founder & Chairwoman, Black Collegiate Gaming Association (BCGA) Nalain Naidoo, Head of Business Development, International Academy of Sport Science and Technology (AISTS) David Halegua , Experiential & Activations Manager, The Coca-Cola Company Mark “Garvey” Candella, Director of Student and Education Programs, Twitch Niles Heron, Chief Strategy Officer, Loaded Samy Ouerfelli, Head of New Business, Freaks 4U Gaming

Esports in the Time of COVID-19 Ido Brosh, Board Member, Director of Events, International Esports Federation (IESF) Ralf Reichert, Co-CEO, ESL Gaming Remer Rietkerk, Head of Esports, Newzoo Serhat Bekdemir, Founder, Collegiate Esports League (CEL)

New Frontiers in Esports Technology Kim Seongho, Vice President, LG Electronics Olcay Yilmazcoban, Co-founder & CEO, SenpAI.GG Sunghoon Jung, Sports Practice Leader, DLA+ Architecture & Interior Design Saad Khan, Founder & CEO, Gamershub Middle East

IESF extends our sincerest gratitude to our esteemed delegates, and we look forward to working with you all again soon. We know that your contributions will inspire a better world for the future of Esports. We want to thank everyone who participated from the production team to our viewers online. GEES20 was awesome! We can’t wait to do it again next year!

GEES

Since 2015, GEES has gathered key Esports stakeholders from around the globe to create an environment for discussion, education, and action towards Esports development through conferences, exhibitions, academic lectures, and networking events.

GEES20 is supported by the City of Busan and the Busan IT Promotion Agency.

Source: https://ie-sf.org/?p=5133
Originally published on: Mon, 30 Nov 2020 16:01:24 +0000

The First Day of GEES20 Brings the Esports World Together – Virtually!

The Global Esports Executive Summit’s online/offline format ushers GEES into the future.

The first day of GEES20 had a new flavor today as the event kicked off at the brand new Busan Esports Arena in Busan, South Korea. But it wasn’t just the new venue— this year’s hybrid online/offline event also offered a new set of challenges to IESF participants as the format was adapted to the restrictions and challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. An old proverb states that “necessity is the mother of invention,” and after the first day of GEES20, it became clear that many of today’s GEES20 innovations have the potential to remain valuable additions for the future of GEES and other IESF events.

As in previous years, the venue was bright and full of activity as IESF staff and production team members rushed here and there. However, while domestic delegates like K-League’s Byoungho Kang and the Korean Anti-doping Agency’s Lisa Gihl were there in the venue, this year’s hybrid online/offline format meant that most presentations and speeches were given via pre-recorded message, and panelists participated in discussions from around the world via Zoom. The lessons learned today will be valuable into the future when VIPs wish to participate in GEES but are unable to attend in person.

Questions for the Q&A periods and panels were harvested from the IESF Youtube channel , and while some of the questions were pretty tough, we are grateful to all of the viewers for making such a valuable contribution to GEES20. THANK YOU! Today’s sessions on “Esports and Traditional Esports Convergence” and “Diversity Marketing and Esports” provided meaningful discussion on two important esports issues.  If you missed it, be sure to check out IESF’s Youtube channel for videos of the event in the coming days!

Tomorrow’s sessions are titled “Esports in the Time of COVID-19” and “New Frontiers in Esports Technology.” Tune in to IESF’s Youtube channel for live coverage and to participate by submitting your questions, which you can ask beforehand through the website of GEES20 or in real time on YouTube, to be delivered to our GEES20 speakers.

There will be two special announcements at the beginning of GEES20 tomorrow, which will bring the Esports communities together for the betterment of Esports!

Stay tuned and see you tomorrow!

GEES

Since 2015, GEES has gathered key esports stakeholders from around the globe to create an environment for discussion, education, and action towards esports development through conferences, exhibitions, academic lectures, and networking events.

If you would like to hear more of GEES20, either live or as an online delegate, you can register for free here .

GEES20 is supported by the City of Busan and the Busan IT Promotion Agency.

Source: https://ie-sf.org/?p=5125
Originally published on: Sun, 29 Nov 2020 12:23:15 +0000

GEES20 Ushers in a New Era for Esports and IESF!

The 5th Global Esports Executive Summit gets underway in Busan and online worldwide!

The day has finally come! GEES20 opens its doors tomorrow in Busan, South Korea and online around the world! This weekend’s (November 29th and 30th, 2020) 5th annual installment of IESF’s Global Esports Executive Summit aims to set a shining example for the COVID-19 era with its innovative online-offline format.

As IESF faces the challenges posed by COVID-19 head on, plans have been made this year for delegates to participate and contribute both live at the venue, and online, including lectures and presentations that will be broadcast live on IESF’s Youtube . GEES20 is shaping up to be a truly unique and groundbreaking event.

This year’s theme is Evolution and Expansion ! The agenda consists of four sessions, each covering a different topic, and including the participation of honored guests who will give keynote addresses and engage in panel discussions at the venue and online around the world. 

The GEES20 Sessions:

Nov. 29th

Esports and Traditional Sports Convergence Identifying Opportunities for Collaboration Developing Opportunities for Collaboration Bringing Our Communities Together Diversity Marketing and Esports: Developing Future Brand Partners Marketing to Esports Diversity Expanding Market and Brand Partners

Nov. 30th

Esports in the Time of COVID-19 Recognizing Opportunities for Esports The Unique Position of Esports New Frontiers in Esports Technology Display Technologies in Esports Exploring New Esports Technology

See the full list of speakers here !

The Venue: The Busan Esports Arena

The two-day event takes place at the Busan Esports Arena in Busan, South Korea, less than two weeks after the brand new, state-of-the-art facility’s official grand opening on November 18th.  Announced in March 2019 with investment from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the City of Busan, the Busan Esports Arena promises to be a boon for IESF events, and for Korean esports in general. It features a main arena, two sub-arenas and cutting edge facilities for players, staff, and fans.

GEES

Since 2015, GEES has gathered key esports stakeholders from around the globe to create an environment for discussion, education, and action towards esports development through conferences, exhibitions, academic lectures, and networking events.

Register for fee at www.gees20.com for upcoming news!

GEES20 is supported by the City of Busan and the Busan IT Promotion Agency.

Source: https://ie-sf.org/?p=5112
Originally published on: Sat, 28 Nov 2020 06:33:38 +0000

IESF Announces the Final Group of GEES20 Presenters!

Another day closer to GEES20!

A new chapter in IESF history with the 2020 edition of the Global Esports Executive Summit! Presenters for the sessions on Esports and Traditional Sports Convergence , Diversity Marketing and Esports , and Esports in the Time of COVID-19 for GEES20 have already been announced. Today IESF is pleased to announce the roster for the final session: New Frontiers in Esports Technology !

Please join us in welcoming these important delegates to GEES20, where they will share their exciting visions of the future of Esports with the GEES20 delegation!

Keynote Speakers:

Kim Seongho, Vice President at LG Electronics

Panel Discussion Participants: 

Olcay Yilmazcoban, SenpAI.GG, Co-founder & CEO Sunghoon Jung, Sports Practice Leader, DLA+ Architecture & Interior Design Saad Khan, Gamershub Middle East, Founder & CEO

The “New Frontiers in Esports Technology: Exploring Advances in Esports Science” session keynote will give the address titled “Display Technologies in Esports”  Panellists will participate online to discuss the rapid evolution of the Esports ecosystem, including such topics as advances in Esports industries, new Esports technologies, and developments in Esports science.

  GEES20

GEES20 takes place at the Busan Esports Arena in Busan, South Korea on November 29th and 30th. As IESF attacks the challenges posed by COVID-19 head on, plans have been made to allow delegates to participate and contribute both live at the venue, and online, including lectures and presentations broadcast live on IESF’s channel. GEES20 is shaping up to be a truly unique and groundbreaking event. 

Since 2015, GEES has gathered key esports stakeholders from around the globe to create an environment for discussion, education, and action towards esports development through conferences, exhibitions, academic lectures, and networking events. 

If you would like to participate in GEES20, either live or as an online delegate, you can register for free at www.gees20.com 

GEES20 is supported by the City of Busan and the Busan IT Promotion Agency.

Source: https://ie-sf.org/?p=5102
Originally published on: Tue, 24 Nov 2020 07:03:13 +0000

GEES20 Diversity Marketing and Esports Session Speakers Confirmed!

Another day closer to GEES20! IESF’s Global Esports Executive Summit is ready for kick off November 29th and 30th and we continue to confirm an exciting roster of presenters and panellists for this year’s exciting hybrid format.

Today, we are pleased to announce the esteemed presenters and panellists for the Diversity Marketing and Esports: Developing Future Brand Partners session. We can’t wait to welcome them to GEES20!

Keynote Speakers:

Keshia Walker, Founder & Chairman at Black Collegiate Gaming Association

Panel Discussion Participants: 

David Halegua , Experiential & Activations Manager at The Coca-Cola Company Mark “Garvey” Candella, Director of Student and Education Programs at Twitch Nalain Naidoo , Head of Business Development at the International Academy of Sport Science and Technology (AISTS) Samy Ouerfelli, Head of New Business at Freaks 4U Gaming

The “Diversity Marketing in Esports: Developing Future Brand Partners” session will discuss a number of hot topics as the gaming community continues to expand in popularity among men and women of all ages and backgrounds. The session will include discussions about expanding markets and brand partners, identifying brand partners in evolving markets, and marketing to women, teenagers, and seniors. 

GEES20

GEES20 takes place at the Busan Esports Arena in Busan, South Korea on November 29th and 30th. As IESF attacks the challenges posed by COVID-19 head on, plans have been made to allow delegates to participate and contribute both live at the venue, and online, including lectures and presentations broadcast live on IESF’s Youtube and Facebook pages. GEES20 is shaping up to be a truly unique and groundbreaking event. 

Since 2015, GEES has gathered key esports stakeholders from around the globe to create an environment for discussion, education, and action towards esports development through conferences, exhibitions, academic lectures, and networking events. 

If you would like to participate in GEES20, either live or as an online delegate, you can register for free at www.GEES20.com . 

GEES20 is supported by the City of Busan and the Busan IT Promotion Agency.

Source: https://ie-sf.org/?p=5100
Originally published on: Mon, 23 Nov 2020 01:02:53 +0000

GEES20 Adds to Its Growing List of Speakers

Just two weeks before we hit PLAY in Busan, South Korea!

As the countdown to GEES20 approaches the two-week mark, IESF continues to add to its impressive list of presenters.

IESF is proud to announce the speakers for GEES20 on Esports and Traditional Sports Convergence.

Keynote Speakers:

Philippe Gueisbuhler , General Director of GAISF (Global Association of International Sports Federations) Byoungho Kang , Esports Manager for K League

Panel Discussion:

Byungho Kang , Esports Manager for professional football’s K-League Eunjoo (Lisa) Ghil , Manager of KADA (Korean Anti-doping Agency) Roy Hessing , CEO of Maccabi World Union Yong Chul Yun , Founder and CEO of PSI (Prime Sports International) Samart Benjamin Assarasakorn , Chief Executive Secretary of TESF (Thailand Esports Federation)

The session on Esports and Traditional Sports Convergence will cover topics such as bringing the sports and esports communities together, building on common ground, and identifying and cultivating opportunities for collaboration and outreach.

GEES20 takes place November 29th and 30th, and will be hosted at the Busan Esports Arena in Busan, South Korea. As IESF attacks the challenges posed by COVID-19 head on, plans have been made to allow delegates to participate and contribute both live at the venue, and online. GEES20 is shaping up to be a truly unique and groundbreaking event.

Since 2015, GEES has gathered key esports stakeholders from around the globe to create an environment for discussion, education, and action towards esports development through conferences, exhibitions, academic lectures, and networking events.

If you would like to participate in GEES20, either live or as an online delegate, you can register for free at www.GEES20.com

GEES20 is supported by the City of Busan and the Busan IT Promotion Agency.

Source: https://ie-sf.org/?p=5089
Originally published on: Thu, 19 Nov 2020 07:17:17 +0000

IESF reaches 88 Members, with new nations from Asia, Africa and Europe

We are thrilled to announce membership expansion within three (3) continents as Pakistan, Turkmenistan and Kuwait from Asia, Morocco and Congo from Africa, as well as Malta join IESF from Europe.

Mr. Vlad Marinescu, IESF Acting President, stated, “IESF Member National Federations are the engine of Esports, we are happy and pleased that our family continues to grow and at the same time further unifies the Esports World . I would like to congratulate our new members and look forward to our work on solidifying the foundations of the Esports Universe. IESF continues operations and activities to support Members, protect Athletes, promote unity and foster positive exchange with traditional sport. We have now reached 88 members and I’m super excited as well as our board to see the next world championships.”

The nations are represented through their respective national Esports Associations:

Congo : Congolese Federation of Electronic Sports Kuwait : Kuwait Esports Club Malta : GamingMalta Morocco : Moroccan Esports Association Pakistan : Pakistan Electronic Sports Federation Turkmenistan : Turkmenistan National Electronic Sports Federation

“Embarking on this journey with IESF reflects Malta’s position as the home of gaming excellence” said Ivan Filletti, COO at GamingMalta . He also celebrated this milestone by stating: “One of our main goals is to ensure continued education of Esports and this membership further boosts our initiatives. We also welcome the opportunity to collaborate with fellow global Esports partners towards the growth and development of Esports.”

IESF was founded in 2008 by nine-member nations from Europe and Asia. Now, after 12 years of history, IESF is now over 80 member nations and has plans to continue this rapid expansion. IESF’s continued growth is largely thanks to the organization’s ability to deliver benefits to its members, provide a continuous and sustainable World Championships events, and host its Global Esports Executive Summit. IESF’s 12th Esports World Championship, Eilat 2020 is being held from Oct 20 – Nov 22, 2020.

IESF continues its mission to create a thriving Esports ecosystem globally where growth can be enhanced for both large Esports economies and grassroots-level nations. IESF is looking forward to working with all of our members for the development of Esports!

Source: https://ie-sf.org/?p=5043
Originally published on: Wed, 21 Oct 2020 08:05:34 +0000

IESF signs MOU with KADA to bring synergies on Anti-doping standard

International Esports Federation (IESF) is pleased to announce the MOU signing with Korea Anti-Doping Agency (KADA).

IESF and KADA will work together sharing resources with each other relating to the development of an effective anti-doping program in compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code to develop and improve the standards continuously.

Under the agreement, both parties will cooperate for the fairness of Esports events taking place around the world and for anti-doping education and tests for Esports athletes.

With this strategic movement, IESF can support Esports athletes globally also through its member nations for fair and clean Esports.

Source: https://ie-sf.org/?p=5004
Originally published on: Wed, 07 Oct 2020 04:44:36 +0000

Serbian National Championship

Serbian e-sports Association is done when it comes to the IESF qualifiers for 2020. We have chosen representatives for this year, and the lineup is almost the same as last year, which once again proves that they are the best in Serbia.

We started off with Tekken 7. Our best player, Vlada ‘’Coldheart’’ Stanković, who already represented Serbia multiple times once again proved his quality. Even though the competition was bigger than ever, when it came to the finals match, there was no way of stopping him.

PES was even more exciting than last year. The best players gathered and fought until the end. Our best player, Stefan ’’Kepa’’ Slavković had a rough start, but as the finals progressed, his game improved and he managed to turn things around from the lower bracket. In the finals match, he managed to convincingly beat the second-best player in Serbia, Vladimir ’’Roksa’’ Roksić.

In the end, the four best Dota 2 teams gathered to fight for one place that will give them an opportunity to represent their country. Both semifinal matches were very exciting, but Team Serbia brought a lot of experience, which gave them the final edge. Their drafting skills, combined with exciting team play gave them a big advantage that they knew how to hold until the very end. Their lineup is a bit different than last year, but they once again proved that they are the best in Serbia.

Source: https://ie-sf.org/?p=5001
Originally published on: Wed, 07 Oct 2020 02:58:36 +0000