The Luxembourg Esports Federation (LESF) is currently competing in this year's International Esports Federation (IESF) World Championships in Bali, Indonesia.
On 29 November 2022, the LESF embarked on its journey to Indonesia to represent Luxembourg in the games Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) and eFootball during the IESF World Championships, which are taking place this year in Bali from 1 to 12 December 2022.
Following a call for applications earlier this year, the Luxembourg federation selected five athletes for the CS:GO competition in Bali. With only a limited time to prepare for the tournament, the team was unable to pass the group phase after losses against Wales and Ecuador. The CS:GO team consisted of: Christopher "PLUM3R" Plumer, Antony "TNY." Da Silva, Steve "REDSMOKEPT" Olas Da Silva, Lena "LENAXCHIULI" Rocca and Rob "EXARYME" Leclerc.
The second game title where the LESF fields an athlete is eFootball. Daniel Araujo, who finished in 5th place in the previous World Championships is again representing the Grand Duchy and has managed already to get out of the play-in group stage as second placed behind the Turkish athlete Mücahit “MUCAHIT21” Sevimli, a professional esports athlete for Galatasaray Istanbul. In the upcoming Round of 32, he will face the current world champion Rati "PROTOS_RATI" Nanava. Luxembourg's athlete goes by the name Daniel "Diffside45" Araujo.
This year's IESF World Championships are the 14th edition of the event hosted by the International Esports Federation. The event hosts tournaments in CS:GO, Dota2, Tekken 7, eFootball, PUBG Mobile and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang with hundreds of participants from the different countries.
"We are elated to see a historic 106 countries, more than double from last year's edition, competing in the 14th edition of this event right here in the Land of Gods. […] All of you here in this beautiful country and those watching are proof and reflection of the growth and progress of the world esports family", said Vlad Marinescu, IESF President.
The LESF is a non-profit organisation founded in June 2020 with the aim to promote esports as well as to federate esports stakeholders and represent their collective interests in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. One of the missions of the LESF is the official recognition of esports in Luxembourg as a sport in its own right, next to traditional sports.