Romania To Host 2023 World Esports Championship
The International Esports Federation (IESF) has announced that Romania will host the 2023 Esports World Championship, in Iași, Romania and will feature competitions in eFootball, Dota 2, Tekken, Mobile Legends, PUBG Mobile and CS:GO.
The event will begin on August 24th and run until September 4th, with the IESF World Esports Championship taking place as part of the Digital Throne exhibition.
Additionally, the 15th edition of the event will see IESF host a female world championship for CS:GO.
The event’s overall prize pool will be US$500,000 (AUD $753, 000) similar to that of the 2022 edition of the IESF World Esports Championship which took place in Bali, Indonesia.
Commenting on a female world championship, IESF president, Vlad Marinescu said the IESF continuously strives for inclusion and diversity in Esports.
“Female teams are an essential part of the World Esports Championships and we are thrilled about the upcoming women’s competitions.
“The most valuable female CS:GO player in the world currently is Ana Dumbravă, who originates from the Moldova area, not far from Iasi, so I’m sure she will be an inspiration and a stepping stone for female teams around the globe to join the competition, representing one of more than 120 countries,” said Marinescu.
The IESF is expecting ‘more than 20,000 esports enthusiasts’ to attend the ten-day event.
Unlike more traditional esports tournaments, the IESF World Esports Championship features teams made up of nations as opposed to players having to be under one organization, however many of the rosters typically consist of players from the same competitive team.
Last year’s event saw North Macedonia walk about victorious in CS:GO, whereas the Mobile Legends event was won by Indonesia.
This announcement comes after the Monaco Esports Federation announced as hosts for the Sim Racing World Cup Finals, supported by the IESF.