The Global Esports Federation and the International Esports Federation announced separately Sunday that they have signed a “Letter of Intent” to explore initiatives and collaborations in the future. Details on what kinds of collaborative efforts the two international esports federations that allegedly represent the global esports community and industry were not disclosed.
This news confirms The Esport Advocate’s previous reporting that both organizations are likely to merge under one brand or name and move their headquarters to Saudi Arabia. Sources TEA has spoken to over the last several months have been telling us that Prince Faisal’s appointment to both the IESF and the GEF is the beginning of efforts to merge both organizations into one organization at some point down the road, though what that will look like in the future has not been fully realized. We will have more reporting on this part of the story later this week.
The IESF also announced on Sunday that “Acting President” HRH Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud (Prince Faisal) has been officially elected as the permanent president of the International Esports Federation (IESF) during the organization’s Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) in Busan, South Korea.
The move makes sense, given that Prince Faisal is also the founder and president of the Saudi Esports Federation, Arab Esports Federation, a VP of the Global Esports Federation, and is leading the efforts with the recently announced Esports World Cup.