International e-Sports Federation
|Formation||August 11, 2008|
|Headquarters||Seoul, South Korea|
|Byung Hun Jun|
The International e-Sports Federation's mission is to promote electronic sports as true sports, and become the global body in charge of maintaining, promoting and supporting it. 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 e-Sports
- Train referees through the human resources program
- Host an international e-Sports 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.
So far, there are 47 member nations in IeSF:
|Europe(18)||Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Georgia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine|
|Asia(18)||China, Chinese Taipei, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Macau|
|Africa(4)||Egypt, Namibia, South Africa, Tunisia|
|America(3)||Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica|
|Oceania(2)||Australia, New Zealand|
The International e-Sports Federation was founded in August 8, 2008 by nine e-Sports 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 e-Sports and the IeSF, as the IeSF 2012 World championship presented an e-Sports 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 e-Sports 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 July 2016, Macau's Grow uP eSports became the 46th member nation.
Official World Championships
So far, the IeSF has held eight 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, forfeit|
Official Test Matches
The following Test Matches were held by member associations and under the jurisdiction of the IeSF:
|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|
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- Serbian e-Sports Association site
- Mind Sports South Africa site
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