The International Esports Federation (IESF) and the Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the objective of further promoting esports.
Signed on March 31st, ISEF recognises and acknowledges the AESF as the sole esports federation in Asia while AESF now recognises the IESF as the only international federation for esports.
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Both parties expect the agreement to have an impact on a global scale, with continental federations expected to participate in initiatives where player safeguarding and protection is of top priority.
Colin Webster: President of the International Esports Federation, discussed the agreement in a release: “The MOU between the IESF and the AESF further reinforces IESF’s position as the only true international federation for esports. The IESF was founded in 2008 and today is the largest international federation of its kind and is acknowledged to be the leader in its field. The MOU thus solidifies the IESF’s position, as well as that of the AESF. Together, the two federations will ensure a greater degree of delivery and expertise, as well as ensuring the development and recognition of esports as a sport.”
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Sebastian Lau, Director General of the Asian Electronic Sports Federation, added: “This partnership with the IESF is a key milestone as part of our strategic master plan to develop and support the growth of esports globally. Working together with all members, publishers, athletes and stakeholders, we have a strong belief that it has to be sustainable and should be able to create a sound ecosystem where our esports community can grow collectively. I truly believe that with the help from our partners at IESF who share the same vision, these goals are absolutely within our reach.”
Esports Insider says: With all of the federations popping up, it’s becoming hard to keep track of. Though the two parties here have been around for a while, there are a lot of questions to be asked in regards to what exactly this agreement will produce.