The World Esports Academia Competition is designed to promote growth in esports ©IESF

The International Esports Federation (IESF) has announced prize details for this year's World Esports Academia Competition.

After its inaugural edition last year, the IESF will run the competition, aimed to promote and activate academic research within esports, for a second time this summer. 

The first place winner will receive a grand prize of 4,000,000 KRW (£2560/$3200/€2980) and a certificate from IESF President Vlad Marinescu.  

They will also be given the opportunity to present their paper at the World Esports Academia Seminar, which will be taking place later this year in Busan CIty. 

Second and third place will also receive a certificate, as well as 2,000,000 (£1280/$1600/€1490) and 1,000,000 KRW (£640/$800/€745) respectively. 

The chosen research subject this year is 'Heath Wellness & Well-being in Esports', with submission window open for two weeks from August 1 to 14.

The World Esports Academia aims to promote and activate academic research to help grow the esports industry.

Speaking about the competition, Marinescu said: "We encourage all members of the World Esports Family to take this opportunity to help us share valuable academic research and support the proper development of gaming worldwide."

Last year's winners were from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul. 

Esports has grown hugely in recent years - the 2019 Global Esports Market Report found that over 200 million people are believed to be esports enthusiasts. 

The 2022 IESF Esports World Championships are set to take place in Bali from December 1 to 12.