Thursday 20 June 2019

Busan Metropolitan Government to cooperate actively in developing esports.

South Africa's Colin Webster (president  of IESF) greets Mayor Oh Keo-don (Mayor of  Busan Metropolitan Government)
Mayor Oh Keo-don, Mayor of  Busan Metropolitan Government, met with Colin Webster, president of the International Esports Federation, at 16H30 p.m.on 18 June 2019 at the reception room on the seventh floor of the city hall. In such meeting it was decided that  Busan Metropolitan Government would cooperate actively on matters that require mutual cooperation for the development of esports.

Founded in 2008, the International Esports Federation (IeSF) is an international federation that oversees global esports, and Busan City hosted the International Esports Federation to Busan in 2017 to target the global esports market, and has been pushing for the world's first international esports R&D center project since 2018 to support research and development in the public sector.

The international esports R&D center will be promoted in cooperation with the federation, and is also expected to gain momentum when the esports Sangmu Stadium opens next year, Oh Keo-don said in a reception. 

"Since the relocation of the office to Busan, we have been promoting a number of collaborative projects, including the Global Executive Eports Summit, and I feel that our city's status in the esports market has greatly increased."

The Busan Metropolitan Government and the International esports Federation will cooperate with each other in establishing Busan's foundation as an esports mecca city and creating a sound foundation for leisure and cultural activities through games.

Meanwhile, Busan City, Busan Information Industry Promotion Agency (Jae) and International Esports Federation (IESF) Chairman Colin Webster will host the 2019 4th Global Executive Eports Summit (GEES) from Aug. 29-31 at the Paradise Hotel in Haeundae. 

The World Esports Summit, held since 2016, aims to reach an agreement for the right direction of development of esports by sharing opinions and creating synergy effects for esports.

The Global Executive Eports Summit (GEES), which will mark its fourth anniversary this year, will be held in Busan, South Korea's esports mecca city, for the third year in a row, and top-level stakeholders from domestic and foreign esports related organizations will gather to communicate and share their knowledge. The International Esports Academic Seminar, which will also present the academic value and potential of e-sports, will be held simultaneously this year, following last year. 

More information on the agenda, attendees and programs for this year's Global Executive Eports Summit (GEES) can be found on the official website (

Colin Webster, president of the International Esports Federation (IESF), which organizes the Global Executive Eports Summit (GEES), said, "We look forward to bringing together leaders who are leading the rapidly growing esports industry, as well as new and emerging e-sports officials to discuss the development of esports at the Global Executive Eports Summit."

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