To support the integrity of Esports, and to contribute to the success of athletes, teams, and events on the world stage, the International Esports Federation (IESF) has launched the International Esports Referee Academy (IERA).
The first session of the course is scheduled to begin on February 24 this year.
The academy is one of the three pillars of the Global Esports R&D Center, located in the South Korean city of Busan.
With the continued support of the City of Busan and the Busan IT Industry Promotion Agency (BIPA), the center has been working to strengthen the Esports ecosystem and foster the evolution of the industry since 2018.
The IERA has been established to the development of standards and intensive curriculum designed to educate and increase the expertise of national and international Esports referees.
The curriculum has been developed by the IESF together with game publishers.
“Referees are the front-line of all of our member federations,” says IESF President Colin Webster, “as such, the IESF is committed to capacitating referees to the best of its ability to ensure the long-term growth and sustainability of Esports.”
The course will also be made available to National Federations for use in training referees for national competitions. The IESF believes that the course will be especially useful in emerging Esports markets, where the course will serve to legitimize national curriculum, and even provide an additional revenue stream.
Candidates for the program must be nominated by member federations before Feb 12.