IESF Grows to 71 Member Nations

More National Federations (NFs) in the Americas, Asia, and Europe join IESF’s membership base.

IESF is thrilled to introduce new member nations. Today, Argentina and Guatemala join from the Americas, Uzbekistan from Asia, and Norway and Ireland join the IESF fold from Europe.

Argentina : Asociación de Deportes Electronicos y Videojuegos de Argentina Guatemala :  Asociación de Mini Football y Footgolf de Guatemala – ASOFUM Ireland : Esports and Gaming Federation of Ireland (T/A Ireland Esports) Norway : Norwegian Esport Federation Uzbekistan : UZBEKISTAN ESPORTS FEDERATION

IESF was founded in 2008 by nine member nations from Europe and Asia. Since then, IESF has worked with its partners toward steady growth and outreach. IESF is the largest unifying body for Esports worldwide and has a significant impact on Esports unity and governance. 

Now, after 12 years of history, IESF is now over 70 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 is looking forward to working with all of our members for the betterment of Esports!

Originally published on: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 05:41:12 +0000


The International Esports Federation (IESF) and the UAE Ministry of Tolerance and Coexistence announce a joint collaboration to raise the debate and to promote tolerance and coexistence within Esports.

Vlad Marinescu, President of IESF and His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahyan, Minister for Tolerance and Coexistence signed an MOU on the 14th of July, 2020, formally establishing the relationship between the IESF and UAE government.

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, presided over the signing ceremony of the MOU in the Ministry’s Offices in Abu Dhabi, while President Marinescu signed the document remotely in IESF Budapest Office. HH Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Shakhbout Al Nahayan, Vice President of IESF, in his capacity as President of Emirates Esports, and IESF Board members and representatives of member national federations of IESF attended as witnesses to the proceedings


IESF and the Ministry agreed to collaborate on a number of initiatives, including the formation of an IESF Global Commission of Tolerance and Coexistence in Esports. Sports is very much a unique and powerful vehicle, its reach and breadth enable to bring people together who differ with regard to their nationality, ethnic origins, cultural and political beliefs, into a universal community of common values. Esports and gaming are no different and due to its connectivity has the potential to an even greater impact to promote positive values. The establishment of The Commission will engage in key debates with its mission for promoting peace, tolerance, harmonious coexistence and stronger ties between communities.

On this momentous occasion, His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence said, “It is my hope that by working together, the Ministry of Tolerance and Coexistence and the IESF will create an online culture that recognizes that while we may be connected virtually, we are interacting with fellow human beings. Tolerance and coexistence are the foundations for a peaceful and productive world. A world where diversity is respected, where we embrace our common humanity, where we recognize our interdependence and take action to help others.”

Vlad Marinescu, President of IESF , said, “IESF has always worked hard to promote the true spirit of Esports beyond race, gender, religion and cultural barriers. We have a very diverse community with a growing membership of over 70 nations. We are deeply privileged to establish a strong partnership with the Ministry of Tolerance and Coexistence under the wise leadership of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahyan, together, I have no doubt this collaboration will accomplish its ambitious mission.

The IESF Global Commission of Tolerance and Coexistence in Esports will develop a working group that will engage with all stakeholders, athletes, gamers, teams, publishers, parents, schools and governing federations, as part of its consultative process on the many issues and develop a key strategy that will promote the message of tolerance. I wish to emphasize that this is for all the community to be engaged with and not just our existing membership. Please join us as we strive to bring peace and harmony that celebrate our differences. We are all one family and united in Esports.”

The Ministry of Tolerance and Coexistence in the United Arab Emirates recognizes and embraces diversity in all of its forms and draws on its inspiration from the core values stemming from coexistence and harmony, expressing this all-inclusive ethos, in a variety of engaging ways in all segments and sectors of society. It fosters respect and empathy, where differences are met with dialogue, teamwork and understanding and diversity is met with knowing the other and respecting the other’s beliefs and differences. It advocates healthy competition to encourage an environment of positive sportsmanship and acknowledgement, where defeats are regarded as learning platforms for improvement in the keys for tolerance and coexistence, and victories are regarded as avenues for enabling inspiration, humility, leadership and growth.

International Esports Federation (IESF) is a non-profit organization founded in 2008 that consistently works to promote esports as a true sport beyond barriers. IESF is composed of more than 70 members across all continents, organizes annual World Championships and strives to ensure the synergy between stakeholders.

IESF is a WADA Signatory since 2013 is also recognized as the International Federation by the Olympic Council of Asia.

Its annual conference is normally held over a number of days encourages thought leadership on key topics along with the recent addition of an academic summit involving submissions in key areas of research.

Originally published on: Tue, 14 Jul 2020 08:16:21 +0000


In light of CoVID-19 and the challenges the world faces today, IESF announces a new plan for its World Championship to demonstrate Esports can lead the way for Sports to be played safely from home.

The International Esports Federation (IESF), along with the Israeli Esports Association (IESA) and Maccabi World Union, is excited to announce new plans for the 12th IESF Esports World Championship!

The challenges posed by COVID-19 continue to be substantial. Humanity has had to adapt in one way or another, often making sacrifices to ensure the continued safety and health of our communities.

IESF believes with enthusiasm that international Esports competitions are able to lead the way as the only sport able to host competitions even during these new times facing these new challenges.

IESF is excited to announce the following expansions to the Esports World Championship format for 2020:

  • Beginning in July and running through September, IESF National Members will host their national team selection process, to determine the identity of the players representing them in the IESF World Championship.
  • In October running through November, IESF and the World ChampionshipLocal Organizing Committee (LOC) will host a regional competition online to narrow the international field to a select group of each region’s best. The IESF 2020 World Championship Global Finals in Eilat, Israel, is scheduled to take place in December. The world’s best players will compete on a live stage to determine the 2020 World Champions.

“We are super excited to host this year’s world championship finals in Israel,” says Ido Brosh, President of the World Championship Local Organizing Committee, “In light of the circumstances, I believe that our new plan will present the triumph of Esports and human spirit even in hard times where we are physically restricted.”

While the Final Stage in Israel is scheduled for December, IESF and the Local Organizing Committee will keep track of international and local restrictions and may change the dates to ensure the safety and health of all participants.

As was previously announced, the IESF 12th Esports World Championship in Israel will feature Tekken 7, eFootball PES series and DOTA 2 as official titles. More competitions may be added.

For more information, follow IESF social media and visit the World Championship official website at

AESF’s latest partnership to recognise and boost Coventry University’s expertise in Esports management

The Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF) is proud to announce its strategic partnership with Coventry University which aims to enhance the institution’s expertise in a growing area of sports management.

Left to Right: Crystal Zhang, SMM Associate Head for Global Engagement; Danielle Talbot, SMM Acting Head of School; Sebastian Lau, AESF Director General; Steve Kim, AESF Chief Operations Officer.

The partnership will further research collaboration and provide students enrolled on Coventry University’s Sport Management and other relevant courses with opportunities in a dynamic new industry.

The AESF and Coventry University will also be looking to create more student experiences, including potential internship programmes and the production of case studies on Esports. Last but not least, the meeting between both parties discussed more opportunities for course development, which includes introductory sessions on Esports and support in the development of course topics for the curriculum.

The main areas covered by the partnership are:

  • Key speakers from the esports industry will be invited to the Coventry-AESF Webinar series, with the first taking place in July, led by Sebastian Lau, AESF Director General.
  • Research collaboration, with industry and academia collaborating on a variety of areas of interest, such as governance, gambling, and social responsibility in esports. 
  • Enhancing student experience, with Coventry Business School students accessing field trips to AESF events, work experience opportunities with AESF, and Collaborative Online International Learning with AESF and its members.
  • Future course development, where Coventry Business School can use the expertise of AESF to embed esports more fully into our sport management courses, helping attract students from across the world interested in this rapidly growing area of sport, while AESF can work with Coventry Business School academics to develop sports management CPD courses for its member federations.

Commenting on this milestone; 

Sebastian Lau, AESF Director General, said: “Coventry University’s expertise in sports management and business studies will help further support our member associations, players, and officials in developing content around the education of esports. This collaboration not only signifies AESF’s continuous effort in supporting this industry, but it also reflects Coventry University’s dedication and commitment to adapting and keeping up with the times.”

Mr Lau, who is also a Coventry University alumnus, has been invited to join the School of Marketing and Management (SMM) Business Advisory Group within the university’s Faculty of Business and Law. The group advises the school in terms of course design, up-to-date industry knowledge and helps it to maintain industry connections.

Dr Simon Gérard, Course Director, MSc Sport Management, Coventry University, said: “We are proud to lay down the foundation of a long-lasting partnership with the AESF, that offers tremendous opportunities in terms of students’ experience. This agreement will also foster the development of impactful, multi-disciplinary research on this fast-changing and growing sector.”

Dr David Pilsbury, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International Development) said: “We are delighted to have reached this key milestone in developing this crucial partnership for the university. We understand the importance of esports globally and in Asia particularly and are delighted at the opportunity to work with the AESF to support the athletes, players, officials and associations who make up this vibrant community as it continues its rapid growth and innovation.”

Kenneth Fok, AESF President, said: “I would like to celebrate this close relationship we are forming with Coventry University, one of the UK’s most esteemed educational institutions. Not only does it benefit the AESF and our member associations, but it also opens the doors to many more potential partnerships from academia going forward. This will not only be beneficial to our athletes but also various stakeholders in this industry. We look forward to supporting our esports community as well as future talents for their growth and further development in collaboration with Coventry University.”

Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF) is the sole governing body of Esports in the Asian region which is recognized by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). Following the tremendous growth of Esports over the years – with Esports becoming an official medal event at the 2007, 2009 Asian Indoor Games and the 2013 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, along with the recent implementation of Esports as a demonstration game at the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, the AESF also successfully staged Esports at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and the 2019 Southeast Games in Manila. The momentum continues as Esports will feature at the 2021 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Thailand as an official medal event. Following the launch of the planned ‘AESF e-Masters’ series the AESF will soon introduce two more circuits; the ‘AESF University Championship’ and ‘AESF Amateur League’ to cater for the Esports community in Asia.

For more information on the AESF, you can visit or contact the respective media office at

International Esports Federation and International Schools Sports Federation Unite

Mens Sana Incorpore Sano! The Olympic games were a mere 700 years old when poet Juvenal scribed in Latin what famously translates to  “A healthy mind in a healthy body”.

It is within the spirit of this philosophy that both International Esports Federation (IESF) and International School Sports Federation (ISF) embarked on a landmark agreement.

IESF President Vlad Marinescu, together with International School Sport Federation President Laurent Petrynka signed a memorandum of understanding between both parties.

IESF and ISF will work together combining their knowledge, competencies and efforts in order to undertake various projects and activities developing Esports activity and events and promoting physical health among gamers in high schools.

President Vlad Marinescu the new president of IESF said: “We strongly believe that this collaboration between IESF and ISF will achieve positive results for the benefit of youth in terms of entertainment, competition and health. We hope that the achievements we reach together will be a good example not only for the youth but to all the gamers around the world. Our organizations have a rich history and a similar objective – to motivate youth to take part also in physical sport while having fun. This collaboration will be reinforced, also at the national level, providing a platform and unity in managing programs that reinforce responsible gaming, motivating youth to move and be healthy.”

President Laurent Petrynka, who was recently reappointed by IOC President Thomas Bach, as a member of the Olympic Education Commission, stated ”The MoU and the International Esports Federation (IESF) follow the vision of promoting physical activity and education among the eSports youth, incorporating exercise, running, and fun games into the eSport events. This is a historic step which combines live sports with sports in a virtual setting. We find this cooperation to be an innovative approach aiming to motivate the youth to get up, move, and take care of their mental, physical, and social health. This will be done through a series of competitions planned by ISF and IESF for the near future. Together with IESF, we are united in the Olympic spirit, a spirit of excellence, respect, and friendship, to build a new era of eSports among students all over the world.” 

His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahayan, stated: “Positive behaviours and values are formed during the school years. The welfare of young people who participate in sports is a priority for all federations. IESF and ISF through this agreement can collaborate to craft suitable safe strategies that enable students to flourish, through physical, affective and cognitive domains that form the foundations of an active healthy life in esports.”

Originally published on: Tue, 16 Jun 2020 08:51:26 +0000

IESF announces the Esports Education and Youth Leadership Commission

The International Esports Federation (IESF) is excited to announce the Esports Education and Youth Leadership Commission is initiated.

The Esports Education and Youth Leadership Commission will consist of three committees with, Academics, Administrators and Students. The commission will focus on not only expanding the ecosystem of esports and strengthening esports in schools but also developing curriculum material and courses that can be used for supporting education and learning to empower the youth under the shared visions and values.

Serhat Bekdemir, Founder of Turkey’s Collegiate Esports League and European University Masters’ LOL champions of 2018 with Bahçeşehir University was appointed to lead this commission.

Vlad Marinescu, the President of IESF, stated: “I am happy to announce that Serhat Bekdemir is going to lead IESF’s Esports Education and Youth Leadership Commission. Mr. Bekdemir is a long-time trusted friend of IESF and will assume the role of the commissioner to work closely with institutions to establish a strong commitment to making an impact in the Esports education and collegiate esports scene globally.”

Serhat Bekdemir, the Commissioner of IESF Education and Youth Leadership, stated: “Grassroots esports is rising, and this is a great opportunity for me to work for IESF to support their mission, uniting the esports world. We are now calling for the best esports education institutions to get together and share the best practices from all over the world to help educate the youth, families and institutions about esports under the IESF’s leadership.”

Mr. Bekdemir is one of the early movers in esports who has been active since the late ’90s. He has been working intensively to integrate esports into education, creating opportunities and empowering the youth to start their careers in esports. He is currently working with the American University of Malta to establish a new program.

IESF’s Esports Education and Youth Leadership Commission will work to unite and support the collegiate ecosystem and raise the standard of esports through its member nations.

Originally published on: Wed, 10 Jun 2020 09:48:38 +0000

AESF Launches #YourHomeYourArena Campaign In Light of Covid-19

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF) has announced the launch of the Your Home, Your Arena (YHYA) campaign.

With the aim of connecting and uniting the Esports community through social media and online tournaments, YHYA serves an ultimate goal of providing assistance to the vulnerable communities who have been adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic through Esports activities, crowdfunding and fundraising drive.

The Origin of ‘Your Home, Your Arena’

The simple idea of being able to game regardless of location isn’t novel but nowadays, it is even more apparent that everyone retains a semblance of normalcy in trying times. The idea behind ‘Your Home, Your Arena’ is self-explanatory; where gamers convert their homes into their personal arena. This in turn encourages people to stay home, stay safe, and practice social distancing while enjoying as well as staying connected.

The core objectives of the YHYA campaign include;

To unite the Esports community by working together with member associations, publishers, Esports athletes and Esports fans;  To provide a source of entertainment to our community during this trying time in the comfort of their homes through Your Home, Your Arena Charity Cup; To promote the importance of helping the community in need and further extend our assistance to those communities.

Well aware of the many livelihoods affected as well as communities being financially hit due to subsequent effects of the steps taken to curb the spread of Covid-19, the AESF is doing what we can to help support and give back to the community.

In order to achieve the points above, two main activities will take place;

Your Home, Your Arena – Charity Cup – an invitational tournament involving two game titles – Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and The King of Fighters. All matches will also be available on stream via YouTube. Your Home, Your Arena – Charity Fundraising – a fund set up to encourage the public to donate to help the affected community.

Details for the Your Home, Your Arena – Charity Cup are as follows:

Tournament Dates: starting from June 4 Game Titles: Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and The King of Fighters Confirmed Participants from: Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand & more to come.

As a show of support for the YHYA initiative, the AESF member associations (MAs) will be providing assistance in form of participants, localized promotions as well as networking activities. It is hoped that YHYA would contribute significantly to each MAs’ ongoing process of growing their respective Esports communities.

Addressing the Esports community in Asia in regards to the initiative, the AESF President, Mr Kenneth Fok said “At the AESF, we are very aware of this predicament thus the initiative in the form of the Your Home, Your Arena campaign. Through this initiative, we hope to harness the spirit of the Esports community for something which would benefit those beyond our immediate circle. No effort is too small and I welcome everyone to play an important part in this.”

“I would also like to thank again the athletes, our members, and publishers SNK and Moonton, for providing a platform and hands through games like Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and The King of Fighters to continue our efforts to support our wider community as members of society.” he added.

Through this platform, the AESF hopes to actively spread the message of the campaign as well as reach out to both Esports and non-Esports communities.

Contributions and donations can be done at and for more info, head on over to AESF website

Originally published on: Thu, 04 Jun 2020 04:59:27 +0000

United Esports World One Step Closer to Reality

IESF continues to promote unity within Esports as a new partnership is signed with WESCO

“More partnerships and collaborations will be coming to make the dream of a united Esports World a reality,” said IESF President

The International Esports Federation (IESF) had signed an MOU with WESCO (World Esports Consortium) as it continues to create more opportunities for collaboration within the Esports World.

The MOU, Signed by IESF President Vlad Marinescu and WESCO President Daniel Cossi, had set a framework for collaboration between the two organizations, with the goal of promoting Unity within the Esports ecosystem.

“This MOU marks an important moment in the unification of Esports,” says IESF President, Mr. Vlad Marinescu. “Our target at the IESF is unification, collaboration, and recognition. This agreement achieves the three objectives, all at the same time. I’d like to congratulate and thank Mr. Cossi for his contribution to Esports thus far. WESCO and the IESF will work together on various programs around the world that’ll achieve positive benefits for all stakeholders. We are looking forward to collaborating with more entities that have the same objectives as IESF which are to protect Esports athletes, ensure mental health and promote physical health as well, and also the recognition of Esports as a sport globally via the international federation and nationally via the national associations through a partnership with each country’s sports authority.”

This move is part of a bigger strategy IESF has adopted to build a sustainable and united umbrella for the Esports ecosystem, which will include all interest and stakeholders and thus allow Esports to reach its full potential as a sport and an industry.

Originally published on:Sat, 16 May 2020 15:02:07 +0000

IESF Announces First Titles for 12th Esports World Championship

IESF is very pleased to announce that eFootball PES series, Tekken 7 and DOTA 2 are the first titles announced for the 12th Esports World Championship in Eilat, Israel.

KONAMI’s eFootball PES series will return for its second year as an official game title at the Esports World Championship. With its long history of international appeal, eFootball PES series is a natural choice for international Esports competitions.

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment’s Tekken 7 will also return to the IESF Esports World Championship. The popular 1:1 fighting game was first released in 1994At the 11th Esports World Championship in Seoul, world-famous Korean Tekken athlete “Knee” won the gold medal for South Korea.

DOTA 2, developed and published by Valve Corporation, is one of the most popular Esports titles in recent years. Played in matches by two teams of five players, the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game enjoys enormous global Esports following.  Sweden was the gold medal champion at the 11th Esports World Championship in Seoul with a team that included gamers “Chessie”, “Xibbe”, “Charlie”, “EGM”, and “s4”. 

IESF President, Colin Webster, stated, “It would be an honor to have the defending world champions for eFootball PES series, Tekken 7 and DOTA 2 attend IESF’s 12th World Championships. IESF’s 12th World Championships to be held in Eilat in November 2020 promises to be the most well-produced world championships ever. Without doubt, such World Championships is the jewel in the crown.”

Colin then added, “Special thanks must be extended to the publishers of the titles for the use of such titles. Without the continued support of the publishers, Esports would not be the most vibrant sport in the world.”

IESF is looking forward to seeing all the world’s best national teams represent their countries in these titles and more at IESF’s 12th Esports World Championship in Eilat, Israel.

For more information, please visit IESF social media channel and the official event website:

IESF Launches International Esports Referee Academy

International Esports Federation (IESF) is pleased to announce that International Esports Referee Academy is ready to become fully operational. The first session of the course is scheduled to begin Monday, February 24th, 2020.

International Esports Referee Academy is one of the three pillars of the Global Esports R&D Center, located in Busan, South Korea. With the continued support of the City of Busan and the Busan IT Industry Promotion Agency (BIPA), the Global Esports R&D Center has been working to strengthen the Esports ecosystem and foster the evolution of the industry since 2018.

International Esports Referee Academy is dedicated to the development of standards and intensive curriculum designed to educate and increase the expertise of national and international Esports referees. This is done in order to support the integrity of Esports, and to contribute to the success of athletes, teams, and events on the world stage.

The curriculum has been developed by the IESF together with game publishers in an effort to ensure that it meets the highest standards. “Referees are the front-line of all of our member federations,” says IESF President Colin Webster, “as such, the IESF is committed to capacitating referees to the best of its ability to ensure the long-term growth and sustainability of Esports.”

The course will also be made available to National Federations (NFs) for use in training referees for national competitions. This will be especially useful in emerging Esports markets, where the course will serve to legitimize national curriculum, and even provide an additional revenue stream.

Candidates for IESF’s International Esports Referee program shall be nominated by member federations. Such member federations will nominate their best and their brightest. Member National Federations have until Wednesday, February 12th to make their nominations.

IESF welcomes all interested referees to participate! For more information, please contact IESF through our website or social media channels.