IeSF (International e-Sports Federation) looks to establish an Athletes Commission. This is a crucial step in the IOC Recognition process for Olympic Games. The aim is to bring recognition to esports as a traditional sport and to protect the right and interest of e-Sports athletes. The organization, started in 2006, is compromised of 45 nations which hosts a world championship in various divisions of esports and has created a standardization of rules between participating countries.
— IeSF (@IeSF_Master) June 15, 2016
IeSF is seeking to establish an Athletes Commission. As part of it’s ongoing mission to seek inclusion in the traditional sports world, it works to further develop the world of esports and establishing international competitive standards.
In effort to achieve their goal and increase their membership, IeSF is now looking to gain recognition from the IOC (International Olympic Committee) and create the Athletes Commission, one of the first steps required by the IOC.
According to IeSF, the goal in creating such a commission is to develop standardized international rules, regulations, governing bodies and gaining recognition as a true sport in efforts to address the ongoing visa issues that plague the industry.
In order to establish such a structure, IeSF will work together with e-Sports athletes and implement necessary procedures one-by-one for the Athletes Commission to function in the proper manner. The commission shall voice the e-sports athlete’s rights, interests, and welfare.
The Athletes Commission will begin their first activities during the 8the-Sports World Championships in October 2016. The meeting is expected to including obtaining opinions of the national athletes and discuss Anti-Doping and other ethical topics during the session.
The aim is to begin official practice and implementation of the commission in 2017.
This announcement comes on the heels of the recently established WESA (World Esports Association) backed by ESL. The newly created organization which focuses on CS:GO at the moment has already been subjected to much criticism for lack of transparency and dubious practices. The controversy stirred by the development has left the organization looking less than credible and one organization – FAZE has already parted ways with the group.
The IeSF was established in 2008 and currently has representation from 45 nations -excluding Germany and the United States.
The organization is based out of South Korea with a mission to have esports standardized on a global scale and recognition as a traditional sport.
In order to achieve these goals, the IeSF is focused on four core areas: