Our Corporate Ambassador the International Esports Federation (IESF) and the North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF), with support from Busan Metropolitan City, has launched the certificated online esports courses for IESF’s 128 Member Federations and esports enthusiasts. The initiative has been introduced to streamline organisational structure and educate and empower the World Esports Family.

The Basics for Esports courses are available for free on ‘NASEF x Skillshot Academy’ for aspiring and established esports coaches, educators and enthusiasts. IESF aims to use these courses to educate, mentor and guide the World Esports Family to achieve a united ecosystem for the proper development of sustainable gaming worldwide.

The courses will cover everything needed to build and grow a successful esports programme, starting with Esports 101 and including modules on coaching, starting and managing a successful esports team, establishing a culture of good sportsmanship, planning a live esports competition, and maximising the potential of esports athletes. The courses conclude with advice on levelling up an esports organisation and capabilities as a coach.

IESF Secretary General Boban Totovski said: “IESF is providing accessible resources that will further strengthen and develop the esports ecosystem to all of our Member Federations and the World Esports Family. We are so excited to launch this project with the North America Scholastic Esports Federation and we look forward to a series of opportunities to educate and empower our members by collaborating with NASEF to host workshops at the upcoming World Esports Championships Finals in Bali this December.”

NASEF Executive Director and IESF Board Member Gerald Solomon added: “NASEF is honoured and humbled to be partnering with the world’s leading esports organization, IESF, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to learn and grow and thrive through the lens of esports. Together we will make that a reality.”

As part of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two organisations, NASEF currently oversees all of IESF’s education programmes, including the Education Commission. The next initiative will be a series of workshops at the World Esports Championships Finals in Bali, Indonesia from December 1st to 12th. Players, coaches, delegates, referees and managers will all be invited to attend.

You can watch the announcement of the initiative here.

Women in Games hugely welcomes this move by the IESF. Education plays such a big role in helping to level the playing field for girls and young women, as well as encouraging entry and engagement.