Global Partnership Creates Esports Venue Design Standards

SOURCE: DLA+ Architecture & Interior Design (DLA+)

The International Esports Federation and DLA+ Architecture & Interior Design are pleased to  announce their strategic partnership and creation of Esports Venue Standardization Guidelines 

Busan, South Korea & Pittsburgh, PA – November 30, 2020 – The International Esports  Federation (IESF) and DLA+ Architecture & Interior Design (DLA+) are pleased to announce their  global partnership, combining IESF’s promotion of Esports and its global member network of  national governing bodies with DLA+’s expertise of Esports venue planning and design. This  partnership will establish the guidelines for the design of Esports venues and DLA+ will become  an exclusive Certifying Agency for Esports facilities on behalf of IESF as well as an Official  Advisor to IESF. 

All over the world, more and more governments and sporting authorities recognize Esports as a  competitive sporting activity. Esports were featured at the 2018 Asian Games as a  demonstration event and are being pursued for inclusion as a full medal event at the Asian  Games and Olympic Games in the near future. 

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. 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  which 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. 

“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 partnership and Esports Venue Standardization Guidelines come at an important time as  global Esports revenue is expected to grow to roughly $1.2 Billion in 2021. 

About the International Esports Federation (IESF): International Esports Federation (IESF) is a  non-profit organization founded in 2008 that consistently works to promote Esports as a true  sport beyond barriers. IESF is composed of more than 90 member national federations across  all continents, organizes annual World Championships and strives to ensure the synergy  between stakeholders. IESF has been a WADA Signatory since 2013. Key IESF activities include  the IESF World Championships, the IESF General Assembly uniting all National Federations and  the Global Esports Executive Summits. 

About DLA+ Architecture & Interior Design (DLA+): Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,  DLA+ is a full-service Architecture and Interior design firm dedicated to providing Strategic  ArchitectureSM solutions through a collaborative and integrated approach to delivering projects  for clients. The DLA+ Sports Practice team has been involved in more than 100 sports projects  with more than $1B in constructed value over the past 25+ years. Team members have worked  on national and international sports and entertainment projects such as NFL stadiums, MLB ballparks, NBA/NHL arenas, MLS stadiums, collegiate facilities, Esports arenas, and multi purpose entertainment venues. Visit for more information.

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