The International Esports Federation (IESF) today announced a record number of 120 countries will compete in the national qualifiers round of the 2023 World Esports Championships, with Iași, Romania, set to host the Finals in September.
With 120 nations, the 15th WE Championships will be the largest edition of IESF’s flagship event, topping
the 2022 WE Championships in Bali, Indonesia, which featured over 600 athletes from 106 countries. Bali
officially handed over hosting rights to Iași during a special handover at the event’s Closing Ceremony,
which also crowned Indonesia as the World Esports champion.
Iași is Romania’s historical capital and most youthful city. It is the country’s second-largest city and home
to multiple well-known universities and will provide a fresh take on the WE Championships while
engaging a new generation of esports fans. This will mark the second time the WE Championships will be
staged in Romania after the country’s capital Bucharest hosted in 2013.
IESF President Vlad Marinescu said: “Iași’s youthful energy and rich history will ensure yet another
unforgettable edition of the World Esports Championships. Last year’s event in Bali reflects our progress
in promoting esports and empowering the World Esports Family. The 2023 WE Championships will be
our biggest edition yet, with 120 countries ready to compete and showcase esports’ ability to break
barriers and unite us.”
The first round of the WE Championships, the national qualifiers, has already started worldwide, to be
followed by the regional qualifiers starting in May and the Finals in September.