Indonesia was confirmed as host of the 2022 International Esports Federation (IESF) World Championship Finals. The decision was announced at the IESF's Executive General Meeting taking place in Eilat, Israel.
The President of the IESF, Vlad Marinescu said Indonesia's professionalism and quality of bid were the reason why it was chosen as the next host of the World Championship Finals. Indonesia was among seven bids received by the IESF to host next year's event.
"I am very proud on behalf of all our member federations and Executive Board to announce Bali as host of the next World Championships," said Marinescu at the press conference announcing the decision.
"We will blend the future with technologies and culture, and we will present Bali to the world.
"It was the quality and experience of the Indonesian people and Esports, the Indonesian Olympic Committee and federation that won the bid.
" I have full confidence in the Indonesian Olympic Committee to deliver the best possible World Championships," Marinescu adds.
Chair of NOC Indonesia's Sports Environment Commission, Desra Firza Ghafzan attended the meeting, along with Indonesian Esports Professional Association (IESPA) President, Eddy Lim, and Vice President, Diana Sutrisno. Ibnu Riza Pradipto, member of PB Esports Indonesia (PB ESI) Board of Supervisors, also attended the meeting. The two organizations have collaborated closely with NOC Indonesia and recently formed an ad hoc committee to oversee Indonesia's Esports players competing in international tournaments called The Esports National Team Board.
Next year's event will take place from November 20-27. A list of titles to be included in the programme will be announced later this year. National qualifiers will take place from January to to May, followed by a three month regional qualifiers to determine those who will compete at the Finals.
Raja Sapta Oktohari, President of NOC Indonesia, delights at the announcement and believes that this is a proof of NOC Indonesia's sports diplomacy and close cooperation with National Federations.
"We fully supports National Federations that are serious in their commitment to boost our sports' achievement. We will help them connect with International Federations as can only be beneficial for Indonesia," said Okto.
"I hope the 14th IESF Esports World Championship Finals will boost our Esports industry. Bali is the perfect place to create a tradition for the future. We hope this event will also help in supporting the upcoming G-20 meeting next year," adds Okto.
This will be Indonesia's second time as host of IESF Esports World Championship Finals. Jakarta previously hosted the event in 2016.