The Global Esports Federation (GEF) has revealed its key leadership positions, including the appointment of Paul J. Foster as chief operating officer. Foster has over 15 years experience in the Olympic movement, with roles including the head of protocol, events and hospitality for the International Olympic Committee, London Heathrow’s advisor for the 2012 Summer and Paralympic Games, and director of protocol for the 2015 European Games.
In addition, the GEF has added Hideki Okamura to its board. As well as being the chairman of the board of SEGA Group Co., Ltd, Okamura is representative director for the Japan esports Union (JeSU). While the GEF has not confirmed any member federations, JeSU is already a member of the competing International Esports Federation (IESF).
GEF President Chris Chan has also confirmed eight commissions, and states these have 70 worldwide members. The heads of these commissions are as follows:
- Athletes and Players – Chair, Charmaine Crooks (five-time Olympian and member of the IOC athletes commission); Vice Chair, Koen Schobbers.
- Brand, Marketing, Commercial and Communications – Chair, Lorenzo Giorgetti (chief commercial officer for AC Milan).
- Digital, Technology, Innovation – Chair, Chris Overholt (CEO of Overactive Media, former CEO of the Canadian Olympic Committee).
- Education, Culture, Wellness – Chair, Chester King (CEO of the British Esports Association); Vice Chair, Tyrone Seward.
- Finance, Legal, Administration – Chair, Adrian F. Lismore (former chief commercial officer, global strategic products, BP).
- Governance and Ethics Chair, T A Ganda Sithole (former IOC executive board member).
- Membership – Chairs Ramil Aliyev (Azerbaijan Cybersport Federation) and Mario Cilenti (Panam Sports)
- Technical and Development – Chairs Chong Geng Ng (president of the Singapore Esports Association) and Mars Hou.
Formed in December of last year with the support of game publisher Tencent, the GEF states it wants to be “the voice and authority for the worldwide esports movement.” It aims to hold a global tournament at the end of 2020.
Meanwhile, the IESF recently announced an MOU with the Asian Esports Federation (AESF), a move which received support by game publishers Konami, NetEase, Perfect World, SNK, and Moonton, as well as by the Global Association of Sports Federations (GAISF).
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