International Esports Federation
|Formation||August 11, 2008|
|Headquarters||Busan, South Korea|
It has also just revealed an agreement with the Asian Electronic Sports Federation, which saw the pair sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the objective of further promoting esports.
So far, there are 56 member nations in IESF:
|Africa(4)||Egypt, Namibia, South Africa, Tunisia|
|The Americas(7)||Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Mexico, United States|
|Asia(23)||China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Lebanon, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam|
|Europe(21)||Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia, Poland, Israel|
|Oceania(2)||Australia, New Zealand|
The International Esports Federation was founded in August 8, 2008 by nine esports associations from Denmark, South Korea, Germany, Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Vietnam and Taiwan, and held its first general meeting in November of the same year.
A year later, in December 12, the IeSF was able to host its own international tournaments, starting with the "IeSF challenge" in 2009, followed by "IeSF Grand Finals" in 2010, and the "IeSF World Championship" in 2011 and onward.
2012 saw a massive breakthrough for esports and the IeSF, as the IeSF 2012 World championship presented an esports tournament for women for the first time.
In July 7, 2013, IeSF was selected as counterpart for the electronic sports discipline of the 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. This was a big breakthrough for esports and the IeSF, as the branch was introduced in an Olympic event for the first time.
In November 2013, IeSF saw a successful overseas launch of its events, as the IeSF 2013 World Championship and the 2013 General Meeting was held in the city of Bucharest, Romania, in what was the first time of an IeSF event held outside of South Korea.
In 2014, IeSF restricted female players from participating the in Hearthstone tournament, as part of the World Championship division of tournament into male and female sections. IeSF later revised the policy, uniting the section into open-for-all tournaments while maintaining female-only tournaments with smaller prize pools.
In the 2015 World Championship, an esports panel was hosted with guests from international sports society to discuss the future recognition of esports as a recognized, legitimate sporting activity worldwide.
The four federations which are newly represented in the IESF are Colombia’s Federación Colombiana de Deportes Electrónicos (FEDECOLDE), Kazakhstan’s Qazaq Cybersport Federation (QCF), Turkey’s Turkish Esports Federation (TESFED), and Ukraine’s Federation of E-Sport of Ukraine (UESF).
The addition of four more countries brings the IESF’s total count of member nations to 60, with six continents represented. Asia and Europe make up the bulk of the numbers with 24 and 22 respectively, with Macau’s arrival in 2016 marking the last time a new member joined until now.
In July 2016, Macau became the 56th member nation of the IESF.
The International eSports Federation (IeSF) has voted to accept the United States eSports Federation (USeF) as a full member. The decision, taken at the IeSF General Meeting in Kaohsiung in Taiwan, means that USeF is the official recognized national governing body of esports in the US.
Esports is set to expand across the Middle East with Korean non-profit International Esports Federation (IESF) recently announcing plans to enter the region. IESF has signed an memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the UAE’s Motivate Media Group, parent company of Gulf Business, to expand regionally. Currently, the Esports category has over 300 million gamers across the Middle East alone.
Official World Championships
So far, the IeSF has held ten World Championships:
Official Tri-Nation Test Matches
The following online events were held by member associations and under the jurisdiction of the IeSF:
|2013||12 October 2013||Denmark, Israel, South Africa||League of Legends||4, 2, 0|
|2013||5 October 2013||Denmark, France, Spain||League of Legends||4, 2,|
Official Test Matches
The following Test Matches were held by member associations and under the jurisdiction of the IeSF:
|2020||16 May 2020||Azerbaijan, South Africa||DotA 2 ||2 - 0|
|2020||25 April 2020||South Africa, Namibia||DotA 2||2 - 0|
|2019||14 June 2019||Korea, Sweden||Summoner's War||3 - 0|
|2018||28 August 2018||Russia, South Africa||Tekken 7 (Male), Counter-Strike: GO||1 - 0, 1 - 0|
|2018||23 June 2018||Namibia, South Africa||Tekken 7 (Male), Tekken 7 (Female), FIFA'18||0 - 2, 0 - 1, 1 - 1|
|2017||16 September 2017||Tunisia, South Africa||League of Legends||2 - 0|
|2017||9 September 2017||Switzerland, South Africa||CounterStrike: GO, League of Legends, Tekken 7||2 - 0, 2 - 0, 1 -0|
|2017||30 July 2017||Namibia, South Africa||FIFA '17||1 – 0|
|2016||9 October 2016||Egypt, South Africa||HearthStone||1 - 1|
|2016||6 February 2016||Ghana, South Africa||FIFA '16||5 - 1|
|2015||4 December 2015||Finland, South Africa||StarCraft II||2 - 0|
|2015||14 November 2015||Israel, South Africa||League of Legends||2 - 0|
|2015||11 July 2015||Austria, South Africa||FIFA '15||6 - 0|
|2015||27 March 2015||South Africa, Zimbabwe||FIFA '15||2 - 0|
|2014||25 October 2014||Namibia, South Africa||Dota 2||0 - 2|
|2014||4 October 2014||Finland, South Africa||StarCraft II||2 - 0|
|2014||4 October 2014||Finland, South Africa||DotA 2||2 - 0|
|2014||8 August 2014||Egypt, South Africa||DotA 2||2 - 0|
|2013||8 September 2013||Mexico, South Africa||DotA 2||0 - 1|
|2013||31 July 2013||Romania, South Africa||DotA 2||1 - 0|
|2013||31 March 2013||Romania, South Africa||StarCraft II||2 - 0|
- International Esports Federation site
- Dominican Republic Esports Federation site
- Serbian e-Sports Association site
- Russian eSports Federation site
- Mind Sports South Africa site
- Electronic Sports Federation of India
- Indonesia Resmi Menjadi Tuan Rumah 8th E - Sports World Championship
- eSports Middle East
- Tunisian Association of Gamers
- Syrian Esports Association site
- Italian e-Sports Association site
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