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The SESF Human Rights Protection Report for Esports Participants

In 2022, the Swiss Esports Federation (SESF) has carried out the SESF Human Rights Protection Survey for Esports Participants. The purpose of this survey was to know what kind of issues have occurred in the Swiss esports community. This constituted a part of the Project on Human Rights Protection for Gamers and Staffs in Swiss Esport Activities.

This survey included the following issues:

  1. Experience of sexual abuse and harassment before, during and after esports activities;
  2. Experience of discrimination before, during and after esports activity;
  3. Physical and mental health problems due to esports activities.

Why the SESF has carried out this survey?

The SESF is an official esports governing body in Switzerland and, thus, it has a huge social responsibility to commit to prevent any potential problems caused by Swiss esports activity. On 16 June 2021, we have already launched the Human Rights Project to commit to respect human rights of Swiss esports participants guaranteed by international recognised by human rights treaties which are ratified by Switzerland. On this basis, this survey has implemented our voluntary duty to respect human rights. More importantly, we needed to collect specific information from the Swiss esports community to create objective evidence that may justify why we should commit to protect esports participants.

What has happened after this survey?

After the survey, we created a report that describes the results of this survey. In this report, we tried to identify what kind of problems have occurred in Swiss esports community and, then, indicated some action plan to fight against these problems.

The SESF Human Rights Protection report for Esports Participants: English version

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email Mr. Tsubasa Shinohara (Human Rights Officer at the Legal Affair Section, tsubasa.shinohara@sesf.ch).

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