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International Esports Federation
International Esports Federation logo
Map of member and associate nations
  Member nations
AbbreviationIeSF
FormationAugust 11, 2008; 10 years ago (2008-08-11)
TypeSports federation
HeadquartersSeoul, South Korea
Official language
English
President
Colin Webster
Main organ
General Assembly
AffiliationsTAFISA
Websitehttp://www.ie-sf.org

The International Esports Federation (IeSF) is a global organisation based in South Korea whose mission it is to have electronic sports recognized as a legitimate sport.

Mission[edit]

The International Esports Federation's mission is to promote electronic sports as true sports, and become the global body in charge of maintaining, promoting and supporting it.[1] In order to achieve these goals, the IeSF is focused on four core projects:

  • Increase the number of member nations
  • Create regulations and standards for international esports
  • Train referees through the human resources program
  • Host an international esports world championship

In order to become an international sports body that is true to its name, the IeSF is working with governmental bodies, international sports organisations and video game developers in order to achieve the greater goal of uniting the entire e-Sports world under one jurisdiction.

Member Nations[edit]

So far, there are 53 member nations in IeSF[2]:

Continent Member Nations
Africa(5)  Egypt,  Namibia,  South Africa,  Tunisia,  Zimbabwe
America(5)  Argentina,  Costa Rica,  Mexico,  USA,  Jamaica
Asia(21)  China,  India,  Indonesia,  Iran,  Japan,  Kazakhstan,  South Korea,  Lebanon, ,  Macau,  Malaysia,  Maldives,  Mongolia,    Nepal,  Philippines,  Saudi Arabia,  Sri Lanka,  Chinese Taipei,  Thailand,  United Arab Emirates,  Uzbekistan,  Vietnam
Europe(20)  Austria,  Azerbaijan,  Belarus,  Belgium,  Denmark,  Finland,  Georgia,  Germany,  Israel,  Italy,  Macedonia,  Netherlands,  Portugal,  Romania,  Russia,  Serbia,  Sweden,   Switzerland,  Slovakia,  Poland
Oceania(2)  Australia,  New Zealand

History[edit]

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.[3]

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.[4] This was a big breakthrough for esports and the IeSF, as the branch was introduced in an Olympic event for the first time.

In May 2013, IeSF was approved as the official signatory of the World Anti-Doping Agency in the branch of e-Sports.[5]

In July 2013, IeSF submitted an application to join Sport Accord, and is expected to be approved as a temporary member in April 2014.[6]

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 May 2014, IeSF was approved for membership by TAFISA. The IeSF will be represented at the 2016 TAFISA World Games for All, to be held in Jakarta.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9]

In July 2016, Macau became the 46th member nation of the IESF.[10]

Official World Championships[edit]

So far, the IeSF has held ten World Championships:

Ed. Year Title Location Titles played Winner Runner up
01 2009 IeSF 2008 Challenge South Korea Taebaek, South Korea FIFA Online  South Korea  China
02 2010 IeSF Grand Final South Korea Daegu, South Korea FIFA Online, WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne  South Korea  Romania
03 2011 IeSF World Championship South Korea Andong, South Korea StarCraft II, FIFA Online  Sweden  South Korea
04 2012 IeSF World Championship South Korea Cheonan, South Korea Alliance of Valiant Arms, StarCraft II, Tekken Tag Tournament 2  South Korea  Austria
05 2013 IeSF World Championship Romania Bucharest, Romania League of Legends, StarCraft II, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Alliance of Valiant Arms  South Korea  Sweden
06 2014 Esports World Championship 2014 Azerbaijan Baku, Azerbaijan Dota 2, Hearthstone, Ultra Street Fighter IV, StarCraft II, Tekken Tag Tournament 2  South Korea  China
07 2015 Esports World Championship 2015 South Korea Seoul, South Korea League of Legends, StarCraft II, Hearthstone  Serbia  South Korea
08 2016 Esports World Championship 2016 Indonesia Jakarta, Indonesia[11] Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, Hearthstone  South Korea  Finland
09 2017 Esports World Championship 2017 South Korea Busan, South Korea Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, Tekken 7  South Korea  Philippines
10 2018 Esports World Championship 2018 Taiwan Kaohsiung, Taiwan Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, Tekken 7[12]  South Korea  Finland
11 2019

Official Tri-Nation Test Matches[edit]

The following online events were held by member associations and under the jurisdiction of the IeSF:

Year Date Countries Title played Result
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[edit]

The following Test Matches were held by member associations and under the jurisdiction of the IeSF:

Year Date Countries Title played Result
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

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ leSF. "IeSF". Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  2. ^ "About". www.ie-sf.org.
  3. ^ leSF. "IeSF". Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  4. ^ leSF. "media > IeSF News > [IeSF News] Updates on 4th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games and IeSF 2013 Asia Conference". Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Anti-Doping Community". World Anti-Doping Agency. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  6. ^ leSF. "media > IeSF News > [IeSF News] IeSF submitted its membership application to "Sport Accord"". Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  7. ^ "IeSF, 국제체육기구 가맹 "e스포츠도 생활체육"". Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  8. ^ Jenna Pitcher. "Previously male-only Hearthstone competition now open to all genders". Polygon. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  9. ^ [2015 IESF] e-Sports Summit with International Sports Society -EsportsTV. 3 December 2015 – via YouTube.
  10. ^ "Grow uP eSports". growupesports.com.
  11. ^ "8th E-Sports World Championships to Be Held in Jakarta, Indonesia - Esports by Inquirer.net". 18 March 2016.
  12. ^ "TEKKEN 7 Announces as Game Title for 10th Esports World Championship -". 2018-03-30. Retrieved 2018-05-23.