International e-Sports Federation

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International e-Sports Federation
International e-Sports Federation logo
Map of member and associate nations
  Member nations
Abbreviation IeSF
Formation August 11, 2008; 10 years ago (2008-08-11)
Type Sports federation
Headquarters Seoul, South Korea
Official language
Byung Hun Jun
Main organ
General Assembly
Affiliations TAFISA

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


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.[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 48 member nations in IeSF[2]:

Continent Member Nations
Africa(4)  Egypt,  Namibia,  South Africa,  Tunisia
America(3)  Argentina,  Costa Rica,  Mexico
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(18)  Austria,  Azerbaijan,  Belarus,  Belgium,  Denmark,  Finland,  Georgia,  Germany,  Israel,  Italy,  Macedonia,  Netherlands,  Portugal,  Romania,  Russia,  Serbia,  Sweden,   Switzerland
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.[3]

2012 saw a massive breakthrough for e-Sports 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]

The 2016 event will happen in Jakarta.[9]

In July 2016, Macau's Grow uP eSports became the 46th member nation.

In 2018, IESF announced League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Tekken 7[10] official titles for the 10th World Championship.

Official World Championships[edit]

So far, the IeSF has held eight World Championships:

Year Title Location Titles played Winner Runner Up
2009 IeSF Challenge Taebaek, South Korea FIFA Online  South Korea  China
2010 IeSF Grand Final Daegu, South Korea FIFA Online, WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne  South Korea  Romania
2011 IeSF World Championship Andong, South Korea StarCraft II, FIFA Online  Sweden  South Korea
2012 IeSF World Championship Cheonan, South Korea Alliance of Valiant Arms, StarCraft II, Tekken Tag Tournament 2  South Korea  Austria
2013 IeSF World Championship Bucharest, Romania League of Legends, StarCraft II, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Alliance of Valiant Arms  South Korea  Sweden
2014 e-Sports World Championship Baku, Azerbaijan Dota 2, Hearthstone, Ultra Street Fighter IV, StarCraft II, Tekken Tag Tournament 2  South Korea  China
2015 e-Sports World Championship Seoul, South Korea League of Legends, StarCraft II, Hearthstone  Serbia  South Korea
2016 e-Sports World Championship Jakarta, Indonesia Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, Hearthstone  South Korea  Finland
2017 e-Sports World Championship Busan, South Korea Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends Tekken 7  South Korea  Philippines
2018 Esports World Championship Kaohsiung, Taiwan Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends Tekken 7 TBD TBD

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

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