IESF opens bidding process as it seeks 2022 host for Esports World Championships

The International Esports Federation (IESF) has opened the host search for the 14th edition of its flagship esports world championship in 2022.

Source: IESF

Billed as “the only multi-game Esports tournament in the world that features national teams”, the IESF expects over 100 nations to be represented in 2022 with over 1,000 participants and an online audience of over 1.5. million viewers.

IESF Vice President Youngman Kim said the event “will bring the most contemporary Esports trend to your community.”

“It will change the way of communication between generations and promote better understanding between them,” he added.

Having been forced to cancel the annual event that was to be held in Eilat, Israel, last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 edition has been assigned to the same venue for 2021. DOTA 2, Tekken 7 and eFootball PES 2021 were to be contested at last year’s championships. Five game titles are expected to be played in 2022.

warcraft, Starcraft and League of Legends are among other popular titles that have been part of the world championships. In 2019, teams representing Korea, Iran and Sweden won all three competitions held at the event held in Seoul, South Korea.

The IESF is working to gain the support of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as an Olympic Recognized Sports Federation, but last year the IOC said it was not ready to go in that direction with the IESF or its rival, Global Esports. Federation (FEM). The IESF became a signatory of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in 2013.

Download the IESF Esports World Championships 2022 Bid Booklet

Yet the IOC has shown that it is seriously considering embracing esports in the future with the launch of the Olympic Virtual Series (OVS) which will take place for the first time this spring with titles such as Mighty Pro Baseball 2020 and Gran Turismo. Instead of an esports federation, the IOC partnered with five existing sports federations for the OVS, including World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC), Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), World Rowing, World Sailing and the International Automobile Federation (FIA).

The IESF has published an 11-page bid book to pitch to potential hosts and set a deadline of July 5, 2021 for them to submit letters of intent. After consultation with interested parties, the IESF will request a complete application package from bidders before conducting an evaluation and site survey prior to the formal voting process.

No specific schedule for the host election has been released.

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