International Esports Federation Gains Five New Member Nations

by in General | Jul, 2nd 2020

If there’s anything esports needs badly, it’s regulation. Other than that, we need to move away from letting scumbags have power over innocent women and men. But regulation will also help that. Enter the IESF! The International Esports Federation now has a record 72 members, as five nations have recently entered the fold.

Esports Needs More Oversight

The International Esports Federation is a global organization, based on South Korea. Their mission is to have esports be seen and recognized as a legitimate sport. Of course, we already know it is, but the rest of the world needs to know this too. One of the (many) things holding esports back is a lack of oversight and regulation. 

Every esport essentially does its own thing, without anyone to hold them accountable for their rules and actions – or a lack thereof. The International Esports Federation was founded in August 8th, 2008, and originally only had nine members: Denmark, South Korea, Germany, Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Vietnam, and Taiwan.

However, fast forward to 2020, and they’re up to 72! Their membership has expanded across three continents, which is a lovely thing to see. Peru (Americas), Brunei (Asia), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and San Morino (Europe) have all joined as members of the International Esports Federation. You love to see it.

Mr. Boban Totovski, IESF Board Member and Director of Memberships had this to say:

“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 were 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 nations are represented through their respective national Esports associations:

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: E-Sport Association Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brunei: Esports Association Brunei
  • Montenegro: Alliance of electronic sports of Montenegro
  • Peru: Asosiación Deportiva Peruana de Deportes Electrónicos
  • San Marino: San Marino e-Sports Association – SMeSPA

History of the IESF

The International Esports Federation (IESF) has been around since 2008, which is no mean feat. But have they actually done anything with all these member nations since? They have hosted several tournaments around the world, which we love to see. They have, in fact, held ten world championships. But what we want to see, is actual regulation and reform come to esports. If esports wants to be seen as a legit sport, there has to be some kind of oversight.

We have seen Esports in Olympic-level events, but not recognized on a global scale at The Olympics. There’s still a great deal of work to do. We would like to see more out of the IESF to help the nations they’re working with prove esports are worth recognition!  The days of Mudshow Esports should be over. We can’t just let every company decide what they’re going to do and just “Let Go and Let God”. We have to take better care of the players who dedicate their time, and the people who work with them. 

Perhaps one of the hurdles here is that this could harm smaller esports orgs and tournaments that could not afford what had to be done to regulate them. It is still a discussion worth having. We too want to see a thriving esports ecosystem, where everyone has a chance to prove themselves. The key will be to balance regulation with allowing esports of all levels to thrive.

What do you think esports need to be recognized as traditional sport or is it a waste of time? We’d love to know what you think!


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