23 Countries Unite To Form European Esports Federation
As the esports industry grows internationally, so too must the infrastructure that supports it. In an effort to ensure the continued growth and success of esports in Europe, representatives from 23 different countries have united to form what they are calling the European Esports Federation (EEF), or Esports Europe for short.
Similar to the federations for traditional sports that have preceded it, the EEF is a non-governmental organization that aims to further the success of esports as a whole, and help connect those throughout Europe who are in some way, shape, or form involved in esports. This means that players, coaches, and team owners across Europe will ideally have an improved infrastructure for managing the day-to-day affairs of competing professionally with and against one another. However, the EEF is unlike many traditional sports federations that maintain the official rules for their associated sport, in that rules for esports competitions are generally always set by game developers and/or individual tournaments.
The EEF was officially established on February 21st, and is located in Brussels, Belgium. Its representatives are drawn from national esports federations in 23 countries all across Europe (including Israel) in addition to three esports stakeholders: ESFORCE, ESL, and Burson Cohn & Wolfe.
During its first meeting, the federation elected Hans Jagnow from Germany as its president, whose past experience includes leading Germany’s national esports federation. He won the presidential vote with a 91% majority. Karol Cagáň from Slovakia was chosen to be the EEF’s vice president, while Alper Özdemir from Turkey, Ido Brosh from Israel, and Emin Antonyan from Russia were voted in as its first ever board members.
Following his election as president, Jagnow stated that he plans for the federation to work with governmental bodies, game developers, and esports stakeholders alike, all to ensure that those working in the European esports industry have some degree of power over what the future of their industry looks like. More information about Esports Europe, as well as a list of all of the existing national esports federations that have united in forming the EEF are available on its official website.
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