In one month from now, the International e-Sports Federation (IeSF) commences the 9th Esports World Championship in Busan, Korea. More than 200 players from more than 30 different countries fight for the title of world champion in League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Tekken 7. And 11 of those players will do their best to take a title home to Switzerland.

The Swiss national team for the 9th Esports World Championship has officially been registered and confirmed. After a few weeks of practice matches, the Swiss e-Sports Federation (SeSF) has submitted the definite list of players to the IeSF.

One could say that there are the “usual suspects” that will represent Switzerland in Busan. In League of Legends it is the line-up surrounding captain Ali Nasserzadeh, from Lausanne e-Sports. In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive it is team Berzerk, led by Swiss e-Sports veteran Manuel “SolEk” Zeindler. And the Swiss Tekken representative Mathieu “KiraKira” Nguyen usually plays under the flag of the Bern-based power house team mYinsanity.


In League of Legends, Switzerland will be represented by the following players:

  • Ali Nasserzadeh aka. “Lagily” (23), Captain
  • Mahdi Nasserzadeh aka. “Pride” (19)
  • Joshua Lim aka. “Wild Joshy” (21)
  • Marin Pudic aka. “GoldenGod” (18)
  • Adani Abutto aka. “Dracinis” (21)

For Ali and his brother Madhi Nasserzadeh, who is also on the line-up, and Joshua Lim it will be the third time, for Marin Pudic the second time in a row to represent Switzerland at IeSF’s world championships. Although Adani Abutto is on the national team for the first time there is no doubt that he will benefit from the vast experience of his team mates.

While the championship last year in Jakarta was already over for our team after the group stage, they finished in a truly remarkable fourth place only two years ago in Seoul, Korea.

The Swiss representatives in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive are as follows:

  • Manuel Zeindler aka. “SolEk” (31), Captain
  • Gion Janett aka. “Merca” (19)
  • Mike Journot aka. “carlsoN” (25)
  • Aleksandar Trajkov aka. “eleKz” (28)
  • Meriton Ibrahimi aka. “Mali” (18)

Despite Manuel Zeindler having played competitive Counter-Strike on a very high level for a long time, this is the first time for him to do so as Swiss representative at an IeSF world championship. He and all other players of the line-up, except for Gion Janett, will participate for their first time. Gion Janett on the other hand, has already gathered IeSF experience last year in Jakarta, where he and his team were eliminated from the tournament also at group stage.

Last but not least, this is the player who is going to represent Switzerland in Tekken 7:

  • Mathieu Nguyen aka. “KiraKira” (24), mYinsanity

For Mathieu Nguyen, it will be the first time to participate in an IeSF world championship as well. Having shown good results recently in other international tournaments it remains to be seen how he will compare to the other competitors in Busan.

Practice Matches

The past weeks were peppered with several practice-matches against the representatives of other member nations of the IeSF such as Tunisia, South Africa, Israel, Finland and Russia.

  • League of Legends
    • vs. Tunisia 0:2
    • vs. South Africa 2:0
    • vs. Israel 0:2
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
    • vs. South Africa 2:0
    • vs. Finland 0:2
  • Tekken
    • vs. Russia, 7-5
    • vs. South Africa, 3-0
    • vs. Israel, 3-11

Various victories and defeats have provided our team with plenty of valuable lessons and highlighted areas to improve on until the world championship. However, practice matches played online, some with significant latencies across long distances, are entirely different from the matches which will be played in Busan – offline, right next to each other, in front of live audience.

One specific outcome of the practice-matches was a change in our national team for League of Legends. The original Jungler of the line-up, Jerome Amoros aka. “Nu Eta Da” was replaced by Adani Abutto aka. “Dracinis” who will now join the Swiss delegation in Korea in his stead.

Travel Support Grant

Every year, the IeSF awards so-called “travel support” to those nations who have shown the best governance of their federations, and that have gone the extra mile with their national qualifiers for the world championship. Travel support means, that apart from providing the accommodation and local transportation during the championship, the IeSF would also pay for the travel of one or multiple players of a national team. Such support represents a massive financial value which may take much weight off the shoulders of national federations. Due to the shaky economic situation of e-Sports in Switzerland it was critical for the SeSF to receive the grant.

And the work of the SeSF, and the efforts of the Swiss players shall be greatly rewarded. The IeSF recognizes the quality of work done by the SeSF in regards of its governance, contribution to the international community and finally the qualifier process for this year’s world championship. Switzerland has thus made the cut in the annual travel support grant of the IeSF. It will provide the flights to all 11 Swiss players travelling to Busan.

The SeSF greatly appreciates the support and is humbled by the IeSF’s recognition of the efforts. The many hours of unpaid voluntary work that flow into the Swiss community being rewarded with a support, an equivalent to a financial value of easily >10’000 CHF. On top of the already priceless opportunity and privilege to have a World Championship where Swiss players may participate in.