Over 10,000 eSports fans showed up to watch the action live and 750,000 unique viewers tuned in to watch the finals online
The International Esports Federation (IESF) proudly concludes the 15th World Esports Championship where the Philippines emerged as the Grand Champion after ten days of thrilling competition and an unforgettable closing ceremony.
WEC23 Gold Medalists:
- Mobile Legends: Bang Bang – Philippines
- PUBG Mobile – Kyrgyzstan
- eFootball 2023 – Iran
- Tekken7 – Pakistan
- CS:GO – Sweden
- CS:GO Female – Netherlands
- Dota 2 – Mongolia
For ten days, the global eSports community remained engaged throughout the tournament, breaking last year’s viewership record with a peak of 700,796 viewers during the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Grand Final. The Philippines and Indonesia once again showcased their power in eSports, reaffirming their status as global leaders in both national success and eSports popularity.
Philippines: Grand Champions
A historic 601 eSports players from 111 countries competed across six game titles: CS:GO, Dota 2, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, eFootball 2023, Tekken 7 and PUBG Mobile with all the action live-streamed on IESF’s YouTube and Twitch channels. This year’s championship also featured the women’s CS:GO tournament, doubling the number of teams from last year with the Netherlands emerging as the champions.
Beyond the eSports excitement, the 15th WE Championship included insightful panel discussions with thought leaders, activations with IESF partner FitGMR and a ComicCon event, creating an interactive and engaging experience for attendees.
IESF hosted a three-day music festival during the finals in partnership with Digital Throne, Romania’s biggest pop culture festival, featuring performances by international artists like Armin van Buuren and Lost Frequencies. The extravagant closing ceremony at the Palace of Culture featured speeches by IESF President Vlad Marinescu and Iasi mayor Mihai Cirica with HRH Prince Faisal Bin Bandar Bin Sultan Al Saud presenting the Philippines with the Grand Champion Trophy to celebrate the athletes’ hard work and performances.
“We are proud to crown the Philippines as the Grand Champion and congratulate all our finalists for their outstanding performances throughout the tournament,” the General Secretary for the IESF, Boban Totovski, said. “This event further cemented IESF as the home of international eSports. We would like to thank our athletes, the city of Iasi, our partners and everyone who made it possible to unite the world eSports family and make history in Romania.”
“Being a Grand Champion is a long-time dream and testament of what Filipinos can achieve when working in unity in the most beautiful sport of the future,” the President of the Philippine Esports Federation, Brian Lim, said. “eSports Mabuhay Pilipinas.”
The city of Iasi’s culturally rich and youthful atmosphere exceeded expectations as 100,000 fans came together to celebrate eSports and support their countries, solidifying Romania’s position as a leading eSports destination.
Saudi Arabia to Host 16th World Esports Championship
At the closing ceremony, the President for the IESF, Vlad Marinescu, officially handed over the IESF flag to Saudi Arabia, which will host the 16th World Esports Championship in 2024. This marks the first time Saudi Arabia will host IESF’s flagship event, where athletes compete under their national flags.
“We are thrilled to host the IESF’s 16th World Esports Championship in Saudi Arabia in 2024 to demonstrate our strong support for the IESF,” the Chairman of the Saudi Esports Federation, HRH Prince Faisal Bin Bandar Bin Sultan Al Saud, said. “A warm welcome is extended to eSports enthusiasts from around the globe. Our unwavering commitment lies in delivering a world-class event that not only reflects our passion for eSports but also underscores our dedication to its expansion. Together, we look forward to creating an unforgettable championship experience in the heart of Riyadh.”
“As we wrap up a truly historic edition of the World Esports Championship, it is an honor to announce Saudi Arabia as the next host country that will welcome the world eSports family,” Marinescu said. “We look forward to working with Saudi Arabia, the local organizing committee, the Saudi Esports Federation and our incredible partners to keep the momentum going and continue to grow and promote eSports on the global stage.”
The final announcement regarding the dates of the 2024 WE Championship National and Regional Qualifiers and Finals are to be published in the upcoming period.
QUEEN ELIZABETH OLYMPIC PARK, THE UK’S HOME OF ESPORTS
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is fast becoming the home of esports in the UK, with its premier esports arena, Copper Box Arena, at the centre of this rapidly growing industry as it welcomes the World Series of Warzone Global Finals.
London’s third largest arena has already hosted major esports tournaments featuring popular games such as Apex Legends, League of Legends (LoL Esports), Gran Turismo, among many others, drawing in avid esports fans from all over the world.
- Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park welcomes esports tournament World Series of Warzone Global Finals.
- The leading innovation campus, Here East, on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, is now home to a thriving esports community and promoter Esports Engine.
- The global games market has more than doubled in value from $70.6Bn in 2012 to $180.1Bn in 2021.
- Hub of esports education with courses at Staffordshire University London based at Here East and College of Esports at Lee Valley VeloPark.
Copper Box Arena, managed by GLL, a charitable social enterprise and worker-owned cooperative, operating under the community-brand, Better will welcome the World Series of Warzone Global Finals on Saturday 16th September.
The world’s best Warzone players will battle it out live for a staggering $600,000 in prize money. The event will even include the iconic Solo Yolo event, which will see 150 Warzone demons go rogue, battling it out individually for a chance to claim the crown and a whopping $100,000 prize for the last player standing.
The last CoD event in London was back in 2020 when the London Royal Ravens held some of their electrifying home matches at Copper Box Arena.
The 7,500 seater arena’s flexibility enables it to accommodate the diverse event set-ups different esports events require from a full auditorium, to accommodating event and expo combined, from end stage to centre stage to projection onto the field of play itself.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is a global leader in esports. The Park is harnessing this growing industry, becoming a hub for skills training and jobs in the sector, and helping to create a better, more prosperous London for all. The eyes of the gaming world will be on the Copper Box Arena this week, as tens of thousands of visitors take part in the exciting programme of events, with millions more joining in online.”
Lyn Garner, Chief Executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, said: “It’s fantastic to be welcoming another esports event to the Copper Box Arena which has established itself as the capital’s prime esports venue. The esports cluster evolving here on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park drives huge opportunities for learning and jobs and makes a major contribution to the economy.”
Gavin Poole, CEO of Here East, said: “It is wonderful to see the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s transformation into a vibrant hub for the esports community. Home to world-class tech companies, leading educational institutions and creative businesses, Here East has long supported innovation in the gaming industry. We are thrilled to be at the forefront of this rapidly evolving sector, solidifying East London’s reputation as the leading destination for esports in the UK.”
Stuart Hutchison, General Manager at Copper Box Arena, said: “We’re immensely proud to be part of the emergence of esports. Copper Box Arena is rapidly becoming the home of esports in the UK after hosting huge tournaments such as League of Legends and Apex Legends already this year. We are now excited to be bringing yet another high-profile game to life in Call of Duty Warzone.”
Esports has garnered immense popularity, with viewership for events rivalling that of traditional sports, and the park is at the forefront of embracing this global phenomenon. As esports continues to capture the hearts of many, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is positioning itself as a leading destination for esports in the UK, offering a dynamic and cutting-edge environment for esports tournaments, athletes, and fans alike.
XFINITY ANNOUNCED AS OFFICIAL SUPPORTING PARTNER OF THE ESPORTS AWARDS
The Esports Awards are the most prestigious night on the esports calendar. Xfinity is now its Official Supporting Partner. This exciting partnership between the United States’ largest Internet provider and the premier platform for recognition in esports excellence and highlights the growing significance of esports on a global scale.
As part of the partnership, Xfinity will present the Esports Content Creator of the Year award during the main ceremony at Zouk Las Vegas on November 30th. This year, the Esports Awards and Xfinity are offering the Ultimate VIP Esports Awards Experience. This initiative through Xfinity Rewards- Xfinity’s free customer appreciation program – aims to reward passionate esports fans with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the Esports Awards ceremony as VIP guests, sharing the spotlight with their favourite influencers and celebrities.
“This partnership with Xfinity represents a significant milestone for the Esports Awards.” said Mike Ashford, CEO of the Esports Awards “Xfinity’s dedication to innovation and the esports community aligns perfectly with our mission to celebrate the incredible talents and achievements within the industry.”
Mark Cruz, Senior Director of Brand Partnerships at Xfinity, commented “As one of the premier industry events, the Esports Awards are the perfect partner to help reinforce how we deliver the best gaming experience on the Xfinity 10G Network. We’re excited to continue to fuel the next generation of gamers, keeping them connected to their online communities.”
The Esports Awards’ goal of elevating the esports industry aligns seamlessly with Xfinity Internet’s commitment to providing gamers with the ultimate experience. The Xfinity 10GNetwork stands as the pinnacle of Internet service for gamers, boasting unrivalled reliability, capacity, and low latency.
However, the commitment to excellence doesn’t end there. Xfinity is continually at the forefront of innovation, with plans to further enhance the Xfinity 10G Network in the coming months, making it even smarter, faster, and more reliable. Their plans for multi-gig symmetrical speeds and ground breaking ultra-low latency features will reshape the gaming experience, making it the Internet provider of choice for players who are serious about what they love.
The 2022 Esports Awards ceremony, held at Resorts World Las Vegas, was a monumental event attended by some of the biggest names in esports and beyond, including PUBG MOBILE, LOUD, and Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag, who were honored with awards. The 2022 Esports Awards campaign also achieved remarkable milestones, with over 17 million total viewers, 115 million impressions, and 10 million votes cast.
Key dates include:
- 20th September: Pro and On-Air nominees reveal
- 13th – 20th November: Turbo voting period–votes are worth double
- 20th November: Voting closes on all categories but 3
- 25th November: Voting closes for Esports PC Player, Esports Organisation and Esports Team of the Year
- 27th & 28th November: Inaugural Scholars
- 29th & 30th November: Esports Awards 2023
Unveiling the Ultimate Gaming Showdown: Stryda and Riot Games Present the Valorant Nordic Clash Championship
eSports powerhouse Stryda has again joined forces with Riot Games to announce the Stryda Valorant Nordic Clash championship. This much-anticipated tournament calls on gamers of all levels to showcase their skills against one another across the Nordic region.
Commencing in October and culminating in a nail-biting grand finale in December, the Stryda Valorant Nordic Clash tournament promises an extraordinary display of skill, strategy and intensity. This collaboration serves as a testament to the unrelenting commitment of both Stryda and Riot Games to elevate and celebrate the talents of eSports players.
New Addition: Clan Events
At the same time as unveiling the Stryda Valorant Nordic Clash, Stryda is thrilled to present a revolutionary addition to its platform, Clan Events. Launched this week, Clan Events offers a fresh and engaging competition format that not only provides users with a new level of activity but also serves as a way to qualify for the upcoming Stryda Nordic Clash. Clan Events centres around collaborative team play; members must unite their skills to accumulate points. The primary objective is for clan members to team up as a party of five (a 5-stack) and play Valorant matches. Victory earns the clan one point while a defeat results in losing one point. Clans then compete based on their accumulated points, vying for the top spot on the leaderboard.
Distinctive Features of Clan Events
Unlike Stryda’s existing competition format, Ladders, Clan Events boasts distinct characteristics that set it apart:
- Free participation: Engaging in Clan Events comes at no cost, ensuring accessibility for all users.
- Collective play: Clan Events emphasize collaborative play, requiring a team of five clan members to participate in each match.
- Unique scoring system: The scoring system is tailored exclusively to Clan Events, enhancing the competitive dynamics and fostering strategic gameplay.
This innovative addition not only widens the horizons for eSports enthusiasts but also introduces a new way for clans to prove their strength on the gaming stage.
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