The International University Sports Federation (FISU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International e-Sports Federation (IeSF) in a move designed to promote esports within the youth sports sector.
The agreement will see the IeSF support the FISU Web Games, a proposal for engaging university athletes with online competitions.
The IeSF will share its knowledge and resources and aid the creation of rules and regulations in line with FISU’s guidelines. The two federations will also discuss hosting joint events in order to maximise the links between traditional sports and esports.
The organisations have been in conversation since February and earlier this month met at SportAccord Convention in Aarhus, Denmark to discuss the partnership.
“IeSF is truly pleased to be in partnership with FISU to embrace esports,” Alex Lim (pictured), secretary general of the IeSF, said. “We believe that this initiative will support the development of school and university level esports and enhance the ecosystem as a whole.
“We also hope this will manifest and accelerate the trigger to benefit esports players in gaining access into public and social structures in each country. Esports is a new rising trend among the youth population and we look forward to creating various good cause and universal values with this partnership.”