The Global Encounters Festival 2024 (GE Festival) is a high-caliber global sports tournament advocating excellence, healthy competition and sportsmanship by complying with international standards established by the various international sports federations.

The Ismaili eSports series was incorporated within the Global Encounters programme under the umbrella of the Jubilee Games. The Ismaili eFootball Cup was the first initiative held virtually, bringing together the global Jamat in a series of regional and national activities from August 2020 and culminating in a competitive international tournament in the first two weekends in September 2020. This was followed by The eChess Cup held in March 2021, registering over 1500 participants across the globe, ending in a competitive international tournament in the first two weekends of June 2021. The third eSport which was hosted was the eBasketball Cup in February 2022, bringing over 200 participants across the global Jamat, ending in a competitive international tournament in the first two weekends of June 2022.

Digital programming for the global Jamat has been in development and as a result of the previous COVID-19 environment, virtual initiatives were accelerated. In Far East, the success of their eFootball program provided a foundation of best practices and a realization of opportunity to bring eSports to the global scale. As a result, a global digital eSports tournament was delivered to continue the tradition of excellence in international sport, as well as continued Jamati engagement in a Jubilee initiative regarded as a fixture in the Ismaili Calendar.

What is FIFA 23?

FIFA 23 is a video game which is officially endorsed by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Created by EA Sports, it allows for players to virtually play soccer/football from the comfort of their home. The game can be played online using the internet to connect with fellow players across the world.

Why FIFA 23?

Football is the most popular sport across the world. FIFA 23 in comparison to other eSports video games is considered relatively easier to learn. Leveraging the popularity of the sport will allow each council jurisdiction to maximize both participant and spectator engagement.

Category, Age Range, Age Group

eFIFA Category Youth Open (Boys and Girls) Open

  • Age Range 14 – 17 18 and Up
  • Age Group Youth 18+

eChess Category Under 14 Youth Open

  • Age Range 0 - 13 14 - 17 18+ and up
  • Age Group There’s no minimum age Youth 18+

eChess competitions will be held virtually at national qualifiers and at the International Festival by eSports International Team. Furthermore, for eChess registration Global Encounters will provide an online registration link where interested eChess players can get their selves registered and the link will be shared with the regions as soon as it is available from the global team.

Game FIFA23 Standard Edition


Minimum PC Specifications

  • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 - 64-Bit
  • CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965, Intel Core i3-2100, or equivalent
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB, NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB, or equivalent
  • Hard Drive: At least 50 GB of free space
  • Online Connection Requirements: 512kbps minimum internet speed
  • Internet Connection required to install and play

Recommended PC Specifications

  • OS: Windows 10 - 64-Bit
  • CPU: AMD FX 8150, Intel i5-3550 or equivalent
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Graphics Card: AMD Radeon R9 270X, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670, or equivalent
  • Hard Drive: At least 50 GB of free space
  • Online Connection Requirements: Broadband connection (10 mbps) recommended. Internet Connection required to install and play.

Community tournament guidelines set out by EA Sports must be followed.

In-Person Tournament

An in-person tournament with all athletes competing from the same location. National teams will provide machines and games in order for athletes to compete.

Eligible Consoles

  1. Xbox Series X/S,
  2. PlayStation 5
  3. PC.

PC is the recommended platform for an in-person event because players can have their choice of console controller. Xbox and PlayStation are limited to Xbox and PlayStation controllers, respectively. 

Games should still be played in the “Online Friendly” mode if the venue network allows. Therefore, each match requires two machines: one for each athlete.

Register now:

(Click the link below to register)

Deadline: 30 October 2023