In a recent interview with Radio Mars, Vlad Marinescu, the President of the International Esports Federation (IESF), expressed his admiration for the remarkable strides Africa has made in the world of esports. As the 44th African Senior Judo Championships unfold in Casablanca, Morocco, Marinescu, who also serves as the General Director of the International Judo Federation (IJF), took the opportunity to commend the continent for its unity and collaboration in esports.
Marinescu’s appreciation extended to Hicham El Khlifi, the President of the Fédération Royale Marocaine des Jeux Electroniques (FRMJE) and the African Confederation of Digital Sports (ACDS), who has been at the forefront of fostering unity among the various national federations in Africa. Impressed by El Khlifi’s dedication, Marinescu congratulated him, remarking that “Morocco is an example to be followed in the field of esports and the unification of Africa. It is a real umbrella which brings together the different African federations and advocates values of unity, dear to the IESF.”
The IESF President’s comments come as a testament to the tremendous growth of esports in Africa, with 42 national federations now united under the banner of the African Confederation of Digital Sports. This collaborative effort has not only elevated Africa’s presence on the global esports stage but has also created a sense of unity and purpose among nations.
Marinescu and El Khlifi engaged in discussions on various topics related to the future of esports in Morocco and across the African continent. They emphasised the significance of the upcoming African Championships, slated to be held in Morocco next year, and the qualification processes for the next World Championships in the Africa Zone. President El Khlifi expressed his desire to see Morocco host the World Championships in the future, a vision that aligns with the country’s commitment to furthering esports development.