(Left: Alex Lim, the Secretary General of IESF / Right: Pei-Ching Hsu, the Deputy Managing Director of CTeSA)
The host city bid results for the 10th Esports World Championship 2018 was taken by Kaohsiung city (Chinese Taipei) which was lead by the Chinese Taipei Esports Association (CTeSA). The results were announced at the closing ceremony of the 9th Esports World Championships - Busan.
The 10th edition of IESF's Esports World Championship is expected to be the greatest Esports World Championship in size and scale in comparison to all former events.
The venue in which the Esports World Championship will be held is none other than the Kaohsiung Arena. The Kaohsiung Arena has previously hosted many other sporting events.
The stadium has the capacity of 15,000 seats, and has the history of holding the 2017 League of Legends Rift Rivals Seriesin 2017, as well as playing host to the World Games in 2009.
Kaohsiung city government has promised that the Esports World Championship will be held to the highest standards and class. More detailed information concerning the 10th edition of the World Championships is to be announced by IESF from time-to-time.
Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA), as usual, intends to send a team to compete at such event. In fact, MSSA has sent a team every year to IESF's World Championships, and is the only country that has had members of both genders in its national team in every world championship since 2011.
But why Kaohsiung City?
Kaohsiung City has recently been selected as one of the top 10 tourist cities to be visited in 2018 by Lonely Planet. Kaohsiung City too has the geographical advantages of both sea and airports, as well as perfect mass transit systems. Kaohsiung MRT connect High-speed Rail, Taiwan Railways and the international airport. While visiting the tournament, participants can tour Kaohsiung and enjoy the scenery and food of Kaohsiung.
The host member CTeSA was founded in January 2012, and has since its formation been the national federation representing Chinese Taipei. CTeSA are also proactive in the movement for esports recognition as an official sports, and have successfully received the recognition from the Ministry of Education and the Sports Administration. CTeSA is currently the one and only approved managing body for all esports event in Chinese Taipei just as MSSA is in South Africa.