Marinescu succeeds Webster as IESF president
The International Esports Federation, which purports to be the governing body for the fragmented esports industry, has appointed Vlad Marinescu as president after Colin Webster stepped down from the role.
The IESF said Webster, who was elected as president in 2018, decided to stand down due to the coronavirus pandemic making it difficult for him to carry out his duties from South Africa.
The IESF said the changes were proposed by Webster and ratified unanimously by the IESF board.
Webster will remain on the board and the role of vice-president, previously held by Marinescu, will be filled by IESF board member Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
Webster said: “The challenges of the current crisis has sorely tested my efficacy in serving those who elected me, and after long and hard introspection, I believe that Vlad Marinescu and His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Sultan Al Nahyan would be better suited to lead IESF in these troubled times.
“I have absolute confidence knowing that the IESF will continue to flourish through this next chapter. There is no doubt in my mind that IESF shall continue to unite that which is fractious, protect the esports athlete, and deliver more than ever before.”
Marinescu said: “We are truly indebted to president Webster. His life has been committed to public service. We are fortunate that we managed to convince him to stay on the board to continue to provide sage advice.
“During the next period I will dedicate myself to continuing the mission proposed by Colin and together with the united IESF board, we will ensure to serve our members while growing and uniting the esports world further.”
Marinescu is also president of the US eSports Federation and works as the chief media and marketing officer for the International Judo Federation.
He has also acted as director general of annual world sport and business summit SportAccord and president of RSportz, a cloud-based membership registration platform.
He was co-opted onto the IESF board in April 2019 before being elected vice-president in December the same year.
The South Korean-based IESF was founded in 2008 and is the oldest governing body claiming to have responsibility for esports. More than 60 nations are now members of the IESF.
Last month, the IESF signed a memorandum of understanding with the regional Asian Electronic Sports Federation. In signing the MOU, the IESF recognises the AESF as the sole federation for esports in Asia, with the AESF reciprocating this for the IESF on the international level.
Late last year, it dismissed claims by newly-formed rival Global Esports Federation to be the sport’s first worldwide governing body, with Webster insisting the IESF is the only body capable of being recognised as a true international federation with a footprint on every continent.
However, the status of the GEF was raised last week when it partnered with the Commonwealth Games Federation.