China, Germany dominate 2018 IEF e-sports tournament


E-sports athletes from China and Germany prevailed in the 2018 Jeju International e-sports Festival. / Courtesy of the organizer

By Park Si-soo

E-sports athletes from China and Germany defeated rivals from 13 other countries in the championships of the recent 2018 Jeju International e-sports Festival (IEF 2018).

Their victories were an unexpected blow to South Korean e-sports players who have held sway in the globally burgeoning computerized sports.

Team China won the championship in the multiplayer battle game “League of Legends” and mobile battle game “Penta Storm.” Team Germany prevailed in the role-playing game “Hearthstone,” after a neck-and-neck race with Team Korea.

The IEF 2018, organized by the International Exchange Foundation (IEF), co-chaired by former lawmaker Lee Kwang-jae and former Gyeonggi governor Nam Kyung-pil, took place at Jeju National University’s main auditorium on Nov. 24-25. Game players from 15 countries faced off in the three games ― “League of Legends,” “Penta Storm” and “Hearthstone” ― for 12.4 million won ($11,000) prize money.

During the event, the IEF formed a strategic partnership with e-sports promoters in China, Japan and Southeast Asia for wider promotion of the event.

The organizer said three Chinese cities ― Beijing, Chongging and Wuhan ― are vying to host the IEF 2019. Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City is also interested, it said.

The IEF plans to add a virtual reality game to the event’s disciplines from next year.