International Esports Federation elects new board

16 December 2019


The International Esports Federation (IESF) has elected a new board at its General Meeting for the period from 2019 to 2022.

The board includes six members, each from a different nation, with four continents represented.

International Esports Federation elects new board
Photo credit: International Esports Federation

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The International Esports Federation, a South Korean-based non-profit organisation, was established in 2008. It includes 56 member nations, with Macau being the most recent to join in July 2016.

The new board consists of the following members:

Colin Webster, President (South Africa)
Vlad Marinescu, Vice President (USA)
His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifah Al-Nahayan, Board (U.A.E)
Young Man Kim, Board (South Korea)
Ido Brosh, Board (Israel)
Boban Totovski, Board (Macedonia)

Webster commented on the development in a release: “This year’s board are full of leaders in their own right with a proven track record. His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifah Al-Nahayan, Young Man Kim and Vlad Marinescu have [history] in sports and specifically esports administration.

“We are extremely grateful to have His Highness Sheikh Sultan, who is already into his fifth term as a President of an Asian Sports federation. Vlad, former Director General of GAISF (formerly known as SportAccord) and the father of esports, Mr. Young Man Kim provides both wisdom and insight that adds immeasurable value.”

The federation’s news was accompanied by a statement that its elections demonstrated “that it is the only body to truly represent the entire esports community (athletes, organizations, and publishers) through its democratic structures.”

Today also marked the launch of the Global Esports Federation, a new body set up to govern the ecosystem, with Tencent announced as its founding global partner.

Esports Insider says: The federation’s closing statement, while not mentioning the GEF directly, provides a tacit reminder of the differences between the two bodies. The new board will have its hands full if it is to continue to act as a unifying global presence across an industry increasingly subject to conflicting commercial interests.