The International Esports Federation (IESF) and the North American Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) have both been quite busy these past few days.
Remembering the partnership
NASEF and IESF had previously announced their partnership aimed towards worldwide growth of scholastic esports. As part of the collaboration, NASEF’s executive director Gerald Solomon was appointed Chair of IESF’s World Esports Education Commission and IESF would be exclusively utilizing NASEF’s curriculum and programs to enable educators worldwide to use esports as a tool for education and career preparation.
Bringing onboard valuable insights
After helping Microsoft launch their Esports Teacher Academy earlier this June, NASEF have recently announced a very valuable addition to their board. Yoichoi Hosoi, Executive Vice President of Japan High School Esports Federation (JHSEF) will become a board member with a significant advisory role. Hosoi brings with him an extensive knowledge of business leadership: his past roles have included being a director and president at companies like NVIDIA Inc. and Huawei Japan K.K.
Hosoi’s focus will be on NASEF Japan, established in 2020, where he will be following a master plan that will involve presenting the values of esports to high schools in Japan together with NASEF and JHSEF. JHSEF have already received special support from Japan’s Ministry of Education in the form of a national high school esports championship, and NASEF Japan is currently working to increase the number of member high school from 150 to 500 by March 2022. Hosoi will also work with NASEF professionals to expand scholastic esports more into Japan and the Asia Pacific region.
“Mr. Hosoi is a valuable addition to the NASEF Board of Directors .We’re looking forward to integrating his perspective as we create and execute plans regarding implementation of scholastic esports programs for students in North America, Japan, and around the world.”Gerald Solomon, Executive Director, NASEF
Consolidating global cooperation
As they prepare for the Esports BAR in October, IESF have recently announced three new continental esports federations as their latest members: the PanAmerican Esports Confederation (PAMESCO), the European Esports Federation (EEF), and the African Esports Association (AESA). By signing these three new regional federations, IESF now represents all continents in the world. IESF believe that this kind of international cooperation advances the growth of professional esports, streamlines organizational structures and helps support the development of the smaller nations in these regions.
Speaking about becoming a member, EEF president Karol Cagan stated that it was only natural for EEF to partner with IESF, as they consider IESF’s role important and remember their assistance during EEF’s Nations Cup competitions. She added that together, they will be an incremental part of the development of esports in Europe, ensuring proper governance, responsible gaming, and a healthy youth.
“It is a very exciting time for IESF to welcome PAMESCO, EEF and AESA to the World Esport Family. IESF is proud to serve as the unifying body for our member federations that share our goal to develop sustainable and responsible gaming worldwide. IESF will continue to push forward with embracing all Esports stakeholders into our World Esports Family and shape the future of Esports. It is our responsibility to protect our member’s integrity and ensure proper structure in the ecosystem.”Gerald Solomon, Executive Director, NASEF