IESF Launches International Esports Referee Academy

International Esports Federation (IESF) is pleased to announce that International Esports Referee Academy is ready to become fully operational. The first session of the course is scheduled to begin Monday, February 24th, 2020.

International Esports Referee Academy is one of the three pillars of the Global Esports R&D Center, located in Busan, South Korea. With the continued support of the City of Busan and the Busan IT Industry Promotion Agency (BIPA), the Global Esports R&D Center has been working to strengthen the Esports ecosystem and foster the evolution of the industry since 2018.

International Esports Referee Academy is dedicated to the development of standards and intensive curriculum designed to educate and increase the expertise of national and international Esports referees. This is done in order to support the integrity of Esports, and to contribute to the success of athletes, teams, and events on the world stage.

The curriculum has been developed by the IESF together with game publishers in an effort to ensure that it meets the highest standards. “Referees are the front-line of all of our member federations,” says IESF President Colin Webster, “as such, the IESF is committed to capacitating referees to the best of its ability to ensure the long-term growth and sustainability of Esports.”

The course will also be made available to National Federations (NFs) for use in training referees for national competitions. This will be especially useful in emerging Esports markets, where the course will serve to legitimize national curriculum, and even provide an additional revenue stream.

Candidates for IESF’s International Esports Referee program shall be nominated by member federations. Such member federations will nominate their best and their brightest. Member National Federations have until Wednesday, February 12th to make their nominations.

IESF welcomes all interested referees to participate! For more information, please contact IESF through our website or social media channels.

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