This year’s ordinary General Assembly of the Swiss e-Sports Federations is over. On Saturday, March 18, the members gathered in the fancy meeting space of Welle 7 in Bern to admit new members, approve the work done last year, vote on motions and statute amendments, and finally elect the representatives to the Board, the Revision Board and the Control Commission for the coming year.
New Members Admission
The attending members cast their votes regarding the definite admission of new members also based on whether the according new member was attending the General Assembly. Although it is not explicitly in the statutes yet, such a amendment to the statues, which would required new members to attend, was also on the agenda. Unfortunately, none of the teams seeking an Ordinary Membership were in attendance this day. Thus the General Assembly welcomed several new extraordinary Members to the Swiss e-Sports Federation.
And it has also accepted the first Honorary Member. Founder and former long-year President of the SeSF, and co-founder of the International e-Sports Federation, Dario Salice was admitted as an Honorary Member to the SeSF as was proposed by the Board.
Dario has left his e-Sports career behind for good as he has moved away from Switzerland to pursue happiness in the United States. With this honorary membership, the SeSF wants to recognize his accomplishments not only for the federation, but all his efforts and contributions to the Swiss e-Sports scene during the many years of his activity.
Approval for Reports
The members of the organs of the SeSF, who have been active since the extraordinary General Assembly in October 2016, reported on their activities, respectively gave recommendations whether regarding the approval of the treasury report and discharge of the board. With the giant leaps the SeSF has taken in the past year the General Assembly has approved all the presented reports and discharged all organs of the SeSF, despite of still having a long journey ahead. The assembly recognizes that the SeSF, ever since it’s reorganisation last year, is finally on the right road.
Motions and Statute Amendments
Various motions have been presented and discussed. Many of them evolving around the topic of giving the SeSF more visibility through its members, and more benefits to the members. But also around additional responsibilities the members may have to accept in order to strengthen the federation in the future. Although the motions do not automatically translate into “law”, the SeSF will articulate and propose new statute amendments regarding the motions which were approved by the assembly.
While it took the general assembly more time than expected to move along through the various motions which were proposed, there was mostly great unity in respect of the statute amendments. The amendments were mostly of very formal nature, closing small loopholes in the current statutes. Certainly most noteworthy is the stricter admission process for new members, which will now require them to attend the General Assembly at which their admission shall be decided. Temporary members may be excused from the General Assembly if proper reasons are provided. If temporary members fail to attend unexcused, their membership will automatically expire. However, this automatism does not affect this past General Assembly, but will come into force for future assemblies.
The membership fee of 100 CHF for ordinary members, and the free membership for extraordinary members will remain as is.
All positions on all organs of the SeSF were scheduled for re-elections during this General Assembly. In the weeks before the assembly, the Board has received several applications from members to run as candidates for position in the federation.
Of the current board, only Vinzenz Kögler and Boris Mayencourt decided to re-apply for a position on the board. On the other hand, Rafael Kink, Stephan Mäder and Tom Riat have expressed their wish to no longer continue in their active position on the Board. Thus, making space for at least three fresh faces.
Vinzenz Kögler was successfully re-elected as President. Boris Mayencourt, who acted as Treasurer in the past term of office, was newly elected to the position of Vice-President. Cédric Schlosser from mYinsanity as Treasurer, Yann Beaud from PolyLAN and Pascal Burri from SILENTGAMING complete the new Board of the SeSF.
With the newly elected members of the Board, some of the largest and most influential organisations in Swiss e-Sports accept more responsibility. Considering their vast experience, the extensive personal networks and their energy, this new Board appears very promising in regards of the SeSF’s challenging aspirations.
The Revision Board and the Control Commission changed in a similar fashion. Continuing with some of the current members as well as new joiners. Nicolas Pidancet from the cantonal e-Sports Federation of Geneva and the Geneva Gaming Convention, and Cyril Dettwiler will remain in the Revision Board and will newly be reinforced by Nicolas Giller from the QWERTZ Café in Lausanne. The Control Commission will continue with Nguyen-Phuong Le aka. “Drez” and Marco Wettstein, who have both been already involved in this organ in the past months. Nicolas Pidancet will be representing the Revision Board on the Control Commission, Lukas Jakob from ArcticGaming and former SeSF Board member Tom Riat complete the commission.
Although the weeks to come will be characterized mostly by hand-over and on-boarding of the new faces, we are confident to show you visible progress very soon.