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Sri Lankan Esports takes on the world at the IESF Esports World Championship 21

Sri Lankan Esports takes on the world at the IESF Esports World Championship 21

Sri Lanka Esports hoisted the national flag at yet another International Esports event earlier last month, the IESF Esports World Championship 2021. Organized by the International Esports Federation (IESF), this year’s championship hosted at Eilat, Israel was the 13th instalment since its inception in 2009.

The grand finals of the championship also held significance as one of the first non-virtual Esports events since the pandemic and brought together finalists from 85 nations to a physical competition.

The IESF Esports World Championship is the Esports parallel to the Olympics, wherein each nation brings forward their finest athletes to compete across multiple game titles. This year, the championship had four official titles: DOTA 2, Counter Strike Global Offensive, Tekken 7 and eFootball 2021, with Audition being held as a promotional title. This year the Championship also had a prize pool of USD 50,000.

Safwan ‘CB’ Mansoor playing Audition and Mohammed Shihab Mohammed Rizan playing eFootball 2022 made it through to the physical Grand Finals in Israel.

Mohammed Shihab Mohammed Rizan is one of the nation’s finest eFootball players. He represented Sri Lanka at the Asian Games 2018 Regional Qualifiers for Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) as part of the team of National Esports Athletes by Sri Lanka Esports. He has continued his journey as an athlete, gaining experience with each encounter he faces. He was Sri Lanka’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony of this year’s World Championship. At the grand finals, Shihab went head to head against Nigeria, Georgia, Mongolia, and Mexico in eFootball 2021 and despite a valiant effort was unable to acquire a placement.

Safwan ‘CB’ Mansoor is a prolific Esports athlete within Sri Lanka and spearheads one of the nation’s leading Esports clans – Phoenix Gaming. Despite his focus on racing and football games, Safwan proved his more recent foray into Audition more than successful at the IESF World Championship 2021. After a series of intense matches against Thailand, Brazil, Peru and Korea in the grand finals, Safwan successfully clinched fourth place for Sri Lanka by beating Esports juggernauts South Korea.

Sri Lanka Esports is backed by the strength and commitment of its main sponsor Dialog and geared with Asus Republic of Gamers as the Official Gaming Laptop partner alongside Gamer.LK as the strategic partner.

As one of Sri Lanka’s largest telecom service providers, Dialog is known for their home broadband and wide range of data plans, which connects gamers all around the country. Dialog also has a gaming subsidiary called Dialog Gaming, which hosts gaming and Esports competitions. Recently, Dialog Gaming in collaboration with local developers launched MegaPlay, an all-in-one e-Gaming mobile app, featuring a gamut of hyper-casual games, to the delight of gamers island-wide.

ASUS Republic of Gamers, with their lineup of high end gaming laptops, which include the Zephyrus, Zephyrus Duo, Strix Scar and ROG Flow series, offers gamers a complete line of innovative products known for performance and quality, such as their; laptops, desktops, motherboards, graphics cards, monitors, audio equipment, routers and peripherals. ROG also participates in and sponsors major local & international gaming events.

Along with the support of these partnerships, each tournament brings the athletes a wealth of experience laying the foundation for our nation to make waves in the global stage of Esports in the near future.

IESF unites to launch another World Esports League

IESF unites to launch another World Esports League

The International Esports Federation (IESF) announces plans to launch World Super League (WSL), which will be one of the big Esports tournaments alongside its annual Esports World Championship.

IESF has entered into an MOU with Technoblood Inc. to host and operate WSL

IESF has joined hands with Technoblood to ensure the success of WSL, signing a memorandum of understanding (“MOU”) on June 2020 under which Technoblood will take responsibility for hosting and operating WSL in coordination with Member Nations of IESF.

IESF will promote and provide support for WSL by its national Esports member Federations. Technoblood has been closely associated with Esports since its earliest days and has been a pioneer in managing Esport events, starting with its hosting of World Cyber Games (WCG) in 2002. IESF chose Technoblood as its partner for its expertise and experience in hosting and managing Esports events for 20 years.

The newly launched WSL will host its first international competition in 2021 and expects active participation by national federations as well as Esports enthusiasts around the world.

WSL will be the tournament and festival where all the best Esports players in the world gather to compete

WSL is aiming to be one of the biggest tournaments in the world providing the stage for exciting competitions among the top Esports players in the world.

Each participating country will select the most popular titles in each country and host national leagues for each event throughout the year. Once a year, players representing their own nations with the best results in each event will gather to WSL where the finals will be held.

WSL will select the most popular Esports events among member countries and hold a national competition to pick the best players to represent each member nation. The representatives from each country will meet once a year to participate in a battle of national teams to determine the top global team for each event.

International Esports Federation (IESF) is a non-profit organization founded in 2008 that consistently works to promote Esports as a true sport beyond barriers. IESF is composed of more than 60 member national federations across all continents, organizes annual World Championships and strives to ensure the synergy between stakeholders. IESF is a WADA Signatory since 2013. Key IESF activities include the IESF World Championships, the IESF General Assembly uniting all National Federations and the Global Esports Executive Summits.

In recognition of the growing worldwide popularity of Esports, IESF decided to launch WSL in order to form closer links with national Esports competitions.



– 47 Nations to participate

– Official Event Venue: VSG Arena, Seoul

The International Esports Federation (IESF) hereby announces the final participants of the 11th Esports World Championship (WC). A total of 47 nations worldwide will gather in Seoul, Korea, to compete in three official titles, representing their country and passion for esports.
– DOTA 2 (Team Title) – 21 Nations
– eFootball PES 2020 (Individual Title) – 33 Nations
– Tekken 7 (Individual Title) – 34 Nations

The 2019 WC will be held through December 11th -15th. As the largest international esports tournament where athletes represent their country, IESF’s 11th WC Seoul is confident and ready to host all esports athletes from around the world.

For more information on the 11th Esports World Championship Seoul 2019, please visit https://www.ie-sf.org/tournaments/



The world’s fastest-growing sports sector, Esports, has expanded its global footprint with the announcement of a strategic partnership that will see its operations make significant headway in the Middle East.
The new agreement – a joint venture between the International Esports Federation (IESF) and one of the region’s most established media companies, Motivate Media Group – comes ahead of the launch of a world-class annual Esports industry summit and consumer exhibition event in Dubai in 2020.
Endorsed by the IESF, Dubai Sports Council, and Emirates Esports Association, the event will be a celebration of Dubai’s journey as a global destination hub for Esports organizations and industry leaders, thinkers, influencers and gaming enthusiasts.
Esports is the fastest-growing sports category globally with more than 300 million gamers in the Middle East alone.
Colin Webster, President of the IESF and Ian Fairservice, Founder and Managing Partner of Motivate Media Group, signed an MoU establishing a joint venture that introduces the most significant initiative of its kind for Esports in the region.
‘IESF is really excited to be collaborating with Motivate to establish a number of world-class Esports products that represents an important step in supporting Esports growth in the UAE, the Middle East and globally,’ says Mr Webster.
‘The potential for Esports in the Middle East is now being realised. ‘A national strategy is required to establish and house this remarkable ecosystem, Dubai is an amazing city and Motivate Media Group, celebrating its 40th year, is a perfect partner that can help support this vision.’
Mr Fairservice concurred: ‘With the evolution of technology and the ongoing emergence of all forms of sport as a cultural and entertainment touchstone in society, there is no better time to launch an initiative that embraces this convergence.’
‘We see the future in Esports as being one of the most dynamic and rapidly expanding platforms in new media and are thrilled to be partnering with a leading institution such as the IESF to develop this in the Middle East.’
Colin Webster added that the IESF is absolutely delighted to be attending another world first by Dubai Sports Council.
‘Artificial Intelligence will have a considerable impact in all aspects of life, and sport is no exception. By providing thought leadership to AI in Sport, this will clearly help shape future policy and its applications for a better world. The UAE was one of the first countries, if not the first, to appoint an AI minister as part of its portfolio. HE Omar Al Olama is a remarkable person with such insight.’
‘The IESF looks forward to our continued collaboration with Dubai Sports Council for the betterment of sports and humankind.’

About IESF

The International Esports Federation (IESF), based in Busan, Korea, is a not-for-profit organization that works consistently to promote Esports as a true sport which transcends language, gender, race and cultural barriers. Established in 2008, with nine founding nations, its membership has now expanded to over 56 countries.
The IESF has established robust policies that ensure the welfare of its participants, whilst protecting the integrity of Esports.
Structurally, it comprises a board, members of whom usually serve a four-year term and are duly elected by member federations.
Other initiatives that IESF has developed for the betterment of Esports include an annual Esports World Championship, which is in its 11th edition, and a Global Esports Executive Summit (GEES) which was launched four years ago.
The 11th World Esports Championship (2019) will be held from 11-15 December 2019 in Seoul where more than 45 nations are expected to compete.
As an international federation for Esports, the IESF’s obligations include hosting international Esports tournaments, expanding the range of member nations, and establishing standards for referees, players, certifications, titles and competitions.

About Motivate Media Group

Motivate Publishing was founded in 1979 by Ian Fairservice and, together with his partner HE Obaid bin Humaid Al Tayer, the United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Financial Affairs, has developed the company to become one of the most successful media groups in the region. Motivate Media Group has more than 25 editorial titles across print and digital, and a diverse range of contract publishing, as well as a celebrated books division, content provision services, events management, diverse international joint ventures and leading cinema advertising business, Motivate Val Morgan. www.motivate.ae
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International Esports Federation (IESF) was formed in 2008, and in terms of its own Statutes has never faltered in holding its Ordinary General Meetings on an annual basis. IESF has always fully subscribed to good governance on every level, and every member national federation has the opportunity to vote for the person who shall hold the position of president.

All those who have served as president are:
– Mr. Sin Bae Kim (2008 – 2010)
– Mr. Ki Haeng Cho (2010 – 2011)
– Mr. Jun Ho Kim (2011-2012)
– Mr. Hyung Hee Lee (2012 – 2013)
– Mr. Byung Hun Jun (2013 – 2018)
– Mr. Silviu Stroie (Acting President, 2018)
– Mr. Colin Webster (2019)

It should be noted that the President’s term is a three year term. Thus the election held in 2018 was just for a one year period due to the untimely resignation of Mr. Byung Hun Jun in 2018.

Thus, December 2019 shall see the election of a new President for IESF, although only one nomination was received. The incumbent president, Mr. Colin Webster, is unopposed having received more recommendations from member national federations than any previous president.

Mr. Colin Webster has served on IESF’s Board since 2013 until 2018 as a Board Member, and his continued presence on such Board will ensure a great deal of continuity in terms of IESF pursuing its objectives in having esports welcomed into the sporting fraternity.



International Esports Federation (IESF) has made the call for nominations, and the membership have responded with stellar nominations.

IESF’s Board consists of one President, one Vice President, four Board Members and the Secretary General. The Chairperson of the Players’ Commission also sits on the Board in order to represent the rights and concerns of the Players. The Secretary General does not have a vote and provides the all important link between the elected Board Members and the Secretariat.

Only once the elections have elected the five nominees, does the Board sit immediately after the Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) to elect the Vice-President.

After such election, Board Members then divide up among themselves the various portfolios for which they will be accountable and responsible.

IESF is confident that every single person nominated for the Board is of the Stature and of the ilk required to steer IESF towards greater things and deliver to the community which it serves.

The full list of nominations received are as follows:

# Name (Nation)
1 Eddy, Che Chien Lim (Indonesia)
2 Ido Brosh (Israel)
3 Magnus Jonsson (Sweden)
4 Ramil Aliyev (Azerbaijan)
5 Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifah Al-Nahyan (U.A.E.)
6 Young Man Kim (South Korea)
7 Hourieh Nikdast (Iran)
8 Vlad Marinescu (USA.)
9 Hana, Pei-Ching Hsu (Chinese Taipei)
10 Boban Totovski (Macedonia)

IESF President, Colin Webster, has already congratulated each nominee on being so nominated and is confident that the General Meeting will return the most deserving nominee as a Board Member.