IESF to launch new tournament as membership increases
The International Esports Federation, which purports to be the governing body for the fragmented esports industry, is launching a new international competition alongside its annual Esports World Championship.
The World Super League forms part of a memorandum of understanding between IESF and Tokyo-based broadband entertainment company Technoblood.
Technoblood will take responsibility for hosting and operating the WSL in coordination with the member nations of IESF.
It is hoped the WSL will debut in 2021, with the IESF saying the aim is for it to be “one of the biggest tournaments in the world."
Each participating country will choose the most popular game titles in their markets and host national leagues throughout the year. The players with the best results will represent their nations in the finals.
The IESF has also announced new members in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Montenegro, Peru and San Marino. This takes the total number to 72.
Boban Totovsku, IESF board member and director of membership, said: “The IESF family continues to grow globally, and I would like to congratulate our new members. The criteria for IESF affiliation is strict, so we are thrilled that we are able to add these five new nations as members.
“With additional membership applications processing, we look forward to the continued growth and our work on building the foundations of this global esports ecosystem.”
The South Korea-based IESF was founded in 2008 and is the oldest governing body claiming to have overall responsibility for esports.
The newer Global Esports Federation, which claims to be the sport’s first worldwide governing body, yesterday formed a partnership with the Olympic Council of Asia.
The GEF, launched in December 2019 in Singapore with the backing of Chinese internet giant Tencent, has already struck partnerships with the Commonwealth Games Federation, the International Tennis Federation and World Taekwondo.
Meanwhile, Nova Esports, the Hong Kong-based operation, has expanded into India by establishing a joint team with Indian organisation GodLike Esports, one of the strongest outfits in the region.
Under the deal, Nova GodLike will compete in the Eastern division of the $850,000 PUBG Mobile World League. Nova Esports will provide the players with salaries, boot camps and international exposure.
Nova Esports said it is hoping success for the team will turn its players into public figures and attract other organisations to the Indian esports market.