International esports industry creates stadium construction guidelines


The International Esports Federation (IESF) has announced a global partnership with architecture and interior design firm DLA+ to establish the guidelines for the design of esports venues and become an exclusive certifying agency for esports facilities on behalf of IESF as well as an official advisor to IESF.

As esports is predicted to become a US$1.2bn market in 2021 and is seeing increasing recognition by governments and sports authorities as a competitive sport, the esports Venue Standardization Guidelines will support this movement by defining spatial and technical requirements of esports facilities and establish regulations and procedures for esports venue certification.

“We at IESF are excited to provide our members with the Esports Venue Standardization Guidelines to aid them in their consideration and design of Esports facilities for fans and players. The guidelines will be a significant resource for our global members and will also help our efforts creating an international standardization in various disciplines alongside the stakeholders of the esports ecosystem,” said Vlad Marinescu, IESF President.

The focus is to satisfy the needs of fans, players, media, and operators, as well as identifying requirements to promote efficient, functional, and safe environments for esports events. The certification and inspection processes will include qualifications, requirements, testing and evaluation methods, schedule, documentation, and fees based on each classification of the Esports facilities.

“The DLA+ IESF partnership will explore the unique characteristics of Esports activities and environments, both technical and physical, and leverage those qualities to promote this fast-growing sport. As sports and entertainment venue design experts, we will establish standards that will offer an efficient process and clear guidance to create a positive experience for fans, players, media, and operators. Our goal is to ensure that all Esports venues provide the conditions necessary for high-quality competition, production, and presentation of Esports games and events, both in-venue and through various forms of media,” said Sung Jung, DLA+ associate and sports practice leader.

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