Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan appointed Statutory VP of the IESF

Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud has been appointed as the Statutory Vice President of the International Esports Federation.

The Prince is currently the President of the Saudi Esports Federation and will continue to hold his position alongside the new role.

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Prince Faisal was nominated for his new role by IESF President Vlad Marinescu and was voted unanimously by the IESF board, the organisation shared in a release.

Prince Faisal is an important figure in the Saudi Arabian National Gaming and Esports Strategy, and the president of the Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronic and Intellectual Sports (SAFEIS). Interestingly, the Prince is also the Vice President of the Global Esports Federation.

His appointment comes just a couple of weeks before Gamers8, one of the world’s largest gaming and esports events that will take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Prince Faisal has held the position of the president of the Saudi Esports Federation since 2017, during which time he was one of the key figures in many developments in the country, including the mentioned Gamers8 festival and tournament.

The IESF did not share details about what will the new role consist of, but did note that the Prince “aspires to bring expertise and dedication to the IESF mission”.

As a part of the Gamers8 event, the IESF will hold its IESF Asian Championship, making it the final qualifier for the upcoming IESF World Esports Championship.

Gamers8 is set to be one of the largest esports events ever, with a prize pool of $45m (~£37.96m) spread around a dozen esports titles, including Fortnite, StarCraft, Rocket League, Tekken, Dota 2 and others.

Ivan Šimić
Ivan comes from Croatia, loves weird simulator games, and is terrible at playing anything else. Spent 5 years writing about tech and esports in Croatia, and is now doing it here.