Art. 1 – Definition
The Swiss Gamers Award is a distinction awarded by the LUDESCO association. It is awarded to the board game that has been declared « Best Game of the Year » following a consultation procedure conducted with Swiss players that participated in the nomination on a voluntary basis via the clubs / gaming associations established in Switzerland.
The name and logo of the Swiss Gamers Award are the exclusive property of the LUDESCO association.
Art.2 – Participating clubs
Any gaming club or association established in Switzerland may participate in the nomination of the Swiss Gamers Award.
Clubs or associations are invited to participate in the vote through a sent email from the LUDESCO association. A Club or association that is not on the LUDESCO association’s list may also request to participate in the nomination by sending a request to the LUDESCO association. A club or association participating in the vote is called a « participating club ». The LUDESCO association may refuse the participation of a club / association in the nomination of the Swiss Gamers Award by sending written reasons for this refusal to the club / association that requested it.
Only clubs signed in as participating clubs can take part in the voting procedure. The list of participating clubs can be consulted on the website of the Swiss Gamers Award (www.swissgamersaward.ch).
If there are less than 8 participating clubs, the Swiss Gamers Award is not awarded.
Art. 3 – attribution of points
Each participating club ranks its players’ five favourite games. Each game on a participating club’s ranking receives points according to the following scale:
Best game: 8 points
2nd best game: 5 points
3rd best game: 3 points
4th best game: 2 points
5th best game: 1 point
Each participating club is free to use any method and criteria it wishes to establish its ranking. Ideally, a participating club should establish its ranking by taking into account the opinions of as many of its members as possible.
Each participating club appoints a contact person responsible for providing, in writing, its ranking to the LUDESCO association. Only one ranking per participating club is accepted.
Art. 4 – Eligible games
Only games that can be played autonomously (without the purchase of additional equipment) can receive points. An extension of a game cannot receive points unless it can also be played autonomously.
A participating club may award points to any game referenced on at least one of the following two sites: boardgamegeek.com and trictrac.net.
Clubs may only designate games that were published in the year in which the consultation procedure began. Games on the list of new products presented at the « International Game Days » in Essen in the year preceding the year in which the consultation procedure began are also eligible. To avoid any ambiguity, this list is transmitted by the LUDESCO association to the participating clubs.
The year of publication of a game corresponds to the year referenced on the specialized websites www.boardgamegeek.com and www.trictrac.fr. If these two sites indicate a different release date, the game is considered to have two release dates (and can therefore be nominated if at least one of the two dates corresponds to the year in which the consultation procedure began).
A game that was ranked in the top five places in the last edition of the Swiss Gamers Award and Swiss Gamers Award Kids is not eligible.
Art. 5 – Attribution of the Swiss Gamers Award
The consultation procedure with participating clubs takes place in November and December of the year preceding the award (the Swiss Gamers Award is presented in February or March). The duration of the consultation procedure may be extended by decision of the LUDESCO association.
The game with the highest total number of points receives the Swiss Gamers Award. In the event of a tie between several games, the one with the highest number of participating clubs receives the Swiss Gamers Award. In the event of a new tie, the game with the highest number of 1st places (then, in the event of new ties, the highest number of 2nd places, then 3rd places and then 4th places) receives the distinction. In the unlikely event of a perfect equality between several games, all these games receive the Swiss Gamers Award.
A game may appear in both the Swiss Gamers Award (see the rules of www.swissgamersawards.ch) and the Swiss Gamers Award Kids.
The winner of the Swiss Gamers Award is announced by the LUDESCO association in February or March of the year following the year in which the consultation procedure is initiated. The LUDESCO association publishes the list of the five games that obtained the most points as well as the number of points received by each one of them.
The Swiss Gamers Award is a purely honorary distinction. The authors, publishers and distributors of the winning game may freely refer to the award, particularly in their advertising campaigns, by using the name and logo of the Swiss Gamers Award.
In addition, the LUDESCO association is committed to highlighting the winning game at the next edition of its games festival (for example by organizing an initiation or a tournament).
Art. 6 – Contest for the participating clubs
During each edition of the Swiss Gamers Award, the LUDESCO association draws three participating clubs in a raffle who will receive a copy of the winning game offered by the LUDESCO association.
Any appeal concerning this draw is excluded.
Art. 7 – Litigation
In case of any difference between the different language versions of these regulations, the French version shall prevail.
All appeals concerning the attribution of the Swiss Gamers Award are excluded.