Malaysian Tiffani Lim will head the newly formed International Esports Federation (IESF) Athletes Committee.
The Committee will be the voice of Esports Athletes (players) placing the protections of players’ interests as their top priority while ensuring IESF stays rooted and in touch with the interests of players with continuous cooperation.
Tiffani “Oling” Lim is a Dota 2 player and the pro tem President of the Malaysian Esports Players’ Association. She is the Head of Marketing & PR of the Esports organization Battle Arena Malaysia.
“Today the term ‘Esports player’ already means something very different than it did a decade ago, yet we still have many prevalent systemic issues regarding player rights – organizers get away with unpaid prize monies, and players sign uneven contracts and get exploited unknowingly.
As ex- and current competitive players we have encountered our fair share of issues, and thus we are able to share our experiences so our fellow players don’t have to run into the same walls as we did. We will do everything within our capacity to provide a safe avenue for players to seek help from,” said Tiffini.
The newly formed four-man committee is composed of diverse backgrounds, countries and regions covering different game titles.
Pedro “barboza” Barbosa, a Portuguese eFootball PES player and a quality technician in the aeronautic industry in Portugal is also a member of the committee. He has also been the coordinator of Athletes Commission in the Portuguese Esports Federation since 2020.
Simona “Monny” Ivanovska, a psychologist and an Esports enthusiast who specializes in FPS titles is the third member of the committee. She has also taken up the role of Development Coordinator in the Macedonian Esports Federation since 2020.
The final member of the team is Freddy “Zubscop” Mazila, who represents Namibia and used to be the Tekken champion for 3 years running. He is now a graphic designer working on a future with graphic designing that can implement into his gaming experience someday.
IESF’s Athletes Committee has been working for establishing and distributing a standard contract template for organizations and players’ reference, developing a series of workshop to educate players about their legal rights, protection and where to seek help, and helping to develop and shape a coaching license system, which is also a career option for retired professional players.