Shortly before the fall season of our leagues, we are excited to be able to share the next big step for Prefire the League and Helvetic E-Sports in general. This year has been amazing so far and it is turning out bigger and bigger for the competitive gamers from Switzerland.
This fall, the teams in each Skill Class One are not simply battling for the Prefire the League Champion titles and the price money anymore. There will be more at stake for the Swiss e-Sport Federation has granted us with the great honour to run the Swiss Nationals. Vinzenz Kögler, the president of SeSF is glad the Nationals are back:
“In a call for applications, we have asked organizers, who are willing to run the Swiss Nationals on our behalf, to send us their applications to do so. We have received a response from Prefire The League, who have been putting a lot of effort into their application. Now, after several rounds of discussions inside the board of the SeSF as well as with the team of Prefire The League, we have finally come to terms [that] Prefire The League will serve as Swiss Nationals 2017 [and] crown this year’s Swiss national champions!”
Hence, for the upcoming season, the winners in Counter Strike, Hearthstone, League of Legends and Overwatch will be officially awarded and are given the title as Swiss National Champions. This is a huge deal for us and, we believe, just as much for the fans because ultimately, such collaborations provide the scene with a sustainable foundation. Additionally, it will attract more attention to the league. We are immensely proud to be given the trust and are excited to hand out the awards for the Swiss Nationals 2017.
The SeSF is the governing body of Swiss E-Sports since 2008. With the help of eight other E-Sport organisations around the globe they have founded the International e-Sport Federation which counts over forty members today. The SeSF supports events, connects teams and players to help promoting a stable environment for competitive gaming. They are dedicated to make the sport renown among the public. Thus, the organisation has built necessary infrastructure essential to elevate it to professionalism. With their work, they provide standards vital for a young scene to grow and expand its wings. Prefire the League would not be possible to this extent without the tremendous work of the Swiss e-Sports Federation over the past decade. It is exciting to be backed by such an established governing body and we are looking forward to a flourishing future of E-Sport here in Switzerland.
Below you can read the full statement by the president of the Swiss e-Sport Federation:
“The Swiss Nationals are finally back. After a break in 2016 due to the reorganization of the SeSF, we are so glad that in 2017, we will once again award the best teams with the SeSF’s Swiss National Champion title.
In a call for applications, we have asked organizers, who are willing to run the Swiss Nationals on our behalf, to send us their applications to do so. We have received a response from Prefire The League, who have been putting a lot of effort into their application. Now, after several rounds of discussions inside the board of the SeSF as well as with the team of Prefire The League, we have finally come to terms: The SK1 leagues of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, Hearthstone and Overwatch, on Prefire The League will serve as Swiss Nationals 2017, crown this year’s Swiss national champions!
We do understand, that since some of the SK1 tiers are already closed and have no further qualifiers, some teams will not be able to compete for the SN title this year. Nonetheless, the leagues as they are today do already include most of the largest and strongest organizations of Switzerland in the respective title.
The limited number of applications did not offer the SeSF many options to choose regarding a suitable, and affordable format for the Swiss Nationals for this year. But Prefire The League has done a tremendous job in the past months in establishing and operating e-Sports competitions, and has provided more than enough proof for their abilities. So their single application was all we could have asked for. Moreover, by working with Prefire The League, the Swiss Nationals 2017 will not create any additional costs for the SeSF. And in the end of the day, having a Swiss Nationals 2017 was more important to us - and we believe also to the community - than to have an open format in all titles.
By asking organizers for applications to operate the Swiss Nationals, we’re convinced to have found the ideal format also for the coming years, to reliably have annual Swiss Nationals. This first edition with Prefire will hopefully inspire many other organizers to also apply for hosting the championship next year. And that this way, under the SeSF, we can help each other to grow as organizations. And to grow e-Sports in Switzerland.”
You can visit the website https://sesf.ch/the-nationals-are-back/ to read the official press release of SeSF.