GCP Council Timelines and Nomination Process

Building on our recent announcement of the interim council members, we’re thrilled to announce we’re seeking DAO nominations for the remaining 3/5 GCP council member positions starting on June 21!

The Arbitrum DAO, with the support of the GCP Working Group and DAO Transparency Committee, will coordinate the nomination and voting process.

Summary:

The five person GCP Council acts as a diverse group of advisors with complementary and targeted skills, working together to form a well-rounded council that possesses a holistic understanding of the games industry, web3 technologies, venture capital, and DAO governance. The Council member term is a 12 month term and must go through mandatory yearly elections (subject to removal by DAO vote).

Timeline:

  • The nomination/application window will remain open from 6/21 - 7/16.
  • Voting for finalists will commence from 7/18 - 8/1 using a weighted voting system via Tally, delegates can allocate their voting power among candidates as they see fit.
  • Next week, we will provide more details on the voting mechanisms and processes to ensure everyone is informed and prepared to participate.

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Next Steps:

  1. Please take a moment to review the GCP Council job description below.
  2. Identify qualified individuals who are passionate about the GCP.
  3. Submit your nomination using the provided template as a response to tomorrow’s (6/21) application post.

Role Description of GCP Council Member:

The GCP Council is seeking experienced advisors to join a collaborative brain trust that shapes the Games Catalyst Program (GCP). As a Council Member, you’ll leverage your deep industry knowledge and financial expertise to guide the program’s strategic direction and ensure the utmost transparency to the Arbitrum DAO.

To ensure a well-rounded representation of backgrounds and skills, qualified nominees will possess strong proficiency or mastery in at least one of these domains.

Compensation: $30k USD each member per year.

Primary responsibilities of the GCP Council:

  • As a Council Member, you’ll leverage your deep industry knowledge and financial expertise to guide the program’s strategic direction and ensure the utmost transparency to the Arbitrum DAO.
  • Collaborate with the GCP team to evaluate game projects, partnerships, and proposals, identifying their potential and risks.
  • Offer insightful recommendations, valuable introductions, and work with the team to develop risk mitigation strategies, strengthening the overall success of the program.
  • Participate in shaping the long-term vision of GCP, keeping it aligned with emerging trends and the overall goals of the Arbitrum ecosystem.
  • Help craft an investment thesis and portfolio strategy for future proposals, shaping investment and grant decisions for a thriving Arbitrum games ecosystem.
  • Provide oversight and recommendations on GCP team member nominations and performance, fostering a strong and dynamic team environment.
  • Serve as one of the main liaisons between the DAO and the GCP initiative.

Qualifications:

  • Must align with the values within the Arbitrum constitution
  • Must not be from publishers or studios intending to apply to GCP programs.
  • Must disclose any conflicts of interest.
  • While participation in other DAOs is not necessarily disqualifying, serving a delegate in another network or on a council with a direct competing focus as GCP cannot apply.
  • May not represent network competitors or have significant conflicts of interest due to investments, advisory, etc with competitors (Solana, Polygon, Optimism, etc).
  • If a council member position becomes vacant (through resignation, removal by DAO vote, or otherwise), a special election will be held to fill the seat.
  • All council members must go through mandatory yearly elections (subject to removal by DAO vote).
  • Please note that any offer to join the council is contingent on disclosing and successful completion of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), KYC requirements, and other necessary documents.

Nomination / Application Template:

We strive to be thoughtful during the nomination and voting processes to ensure that a range of skills and expertise are represented on the GCP Council. To that end, all Nominees will be evaluated based on their ability to contribute to a well-balanced council.

For those considering self-nominating or nominating others, please refer to the required domain knowledge listed in the role description above to ensure a strong fit for the council.

Please note - when nominating please choose only one domain area where your nominee demonstrates the strongest proficiency.

Personal information:

  1. Full Name:
  2. Contact Information
  3. Current Occupation
  4. Country of Residence / Time Zone:

About your nomination:

  1. (Optional) If nominating someone else, please describe your relationship and confirm that they are aware of their nomination.
  2. Please identify ONLY ONE domain where your nominee demonstrates the strongest proficiency or mastery.
  • Venture Expert - Senior level venture capital and investing background: 10+ years of venture capital experience with a proven track record in deal structuring, execution, and identifying promising investment opportunities in the gaming industry.
  • Growth/BD Expert - Strong business development and partnerships experience: 7+ years in gaming with deep industry knowledge, extensive network, understanding of web3 game communities, and established track record in gaming venture landscape.
  • Governance Expert: Active participant in DAO governance with a proven track record of authoring proposals, and collaborating with DAO members. Additionally, possessing a deep understanding of Arbitrum’s unique features, (Orbit, Stylus, and Timeboost) is essential.
  • Operations Expert: 7+ years of experience in senior finance, legal, or operations roles. Games industry experience is a plus!
  • Player Engagement Expert - Live game ops and technical leadership experience: 7+ years of leadership experience in live game operations and/or deep technical knowledge of game systems and infrastructure.
  1. Provide specific examples from their experience to support your selection.
  2. Are you involved with any other networks from a governance perspective? If so, please list the DAOs and networks.
  3. Do you work for a gaming related company? If yes, please list the company or companies you are employed by and confirm if this company intends on applying for any GCP programs?
  4. Please share any relevant links, bios, or publications showcasing your/your nominee’s work.
  5. Are you willing to complete appropriate non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), KYC requirements, and other necessary documents?

References:

  1. (Optional) Please provide contact information for at least one additional reference who can attest to your/your nominee’s qualifications and character.

Onward!

GCP Working Group

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Hi all,

We have some important updates regarding the GCP Council nomination and voting timeline!

Extended nomination timeline:

To accommodate those traveling for EthCC and to give DAO members sufficient time to apply or nominate, we are extending the nomination deadline to the end of the day on Friday, July 12.

Further clarification of the role and purpose of the GCP Council:

  • The GCP Council exists to uphold the principles and objectives outlined in the Arbitrum Constitution, ensuring responsible allocation of funds, and providing oversight to signal if GCP funds should be reclaimed.
  • Each domain-specific role contributes to maintaining transparency, accountability, and effective management of resources within the DAO.
  • If an overarching canonical oversight body is established, the GCP program plans to collaborate with the new oversight body and authors to best structure the GCP Oversight Council for future success within the context of a broader oversight framework.

Revised domain descriptions:

In response to feedback from the DAO, we are expanding and providing more comprehensive details about the skill domains outlined in our previous post. This expansion also aims to attract applicants with a wider range of skills, ensuring a well-rounded Council.

  • Venture Expert - Senior level venture capital and investing background: 10+ years of venture capital experience with a proven track record in deal structuring, execution, and identifying promising investment opportunities in the gaming industry.
  • Growth/BD Expert - Strong business development and partnerships experience: 7+ years in gaming with deep industry knowledge, extensive network, understanding of web3 game communities, and established track record in gaming venture landscape.
  • Governance Expert: Active participant in DAO governance with a proven track record of authoring proposals, and collaborating with DAO members. Additionally, possessing a deep understanding of Arbitrum’s unique features, (Orbit, Stylus, and Timeboost) is essential.
  • Operations Expert: 7+ years of experience in senior finance, legal, or operations roles. Games industry experience is a plus!
  • Player Engagement Expert - Live game ops and technical leadership experience: 7+ years of leadership experience in live game operations and/or deep technical knowledge of game systems and infrastructure.

Important Reminders for Applicants and Voters:

  • DAO members are preferred for any of the remaining Council roles, provided they possess the necessary expertise and passion for the domain! Your unique skills and perspectives will be invaluable.
  • All applicants must specify a single domain for the election. For instance, a DAO member with both venture capital and technology experience should choose the domain that best represents their primary focus for the election.
  • Reminder, we have two nominees chosen by the GCP working group last month with deep experience in games oriented venture capital and business development. :slightly_smiling_face:
    • Tim Chang (Venture Expert)
    • Andrew Green (Growth/BD Expert)

In September, both members will be going through a re-confirmation vote to ensure the DAO has a voice in selecting the best representatives for each category.

Election Process and Details

Voting Platform:

  • Platform: Tally or Snapshot (TBD, still discussing best platform to host elections)
  • Voting Period: July 15 - July 29
  • Voting System: Weighted voting system, proportional to each delegate’s stake in the DAO.

Election Mechanism:

  • Casting Votes: Delegates distribute their voting power across any number of candidates they support. For instance, a delegate with 100 voting power can allocate it among multiple candidates in any proportion they choose.
  • Skill Categorization: Candidates are grouped categorically by their domains to help delegates make informed choices to ensure a balanced representation of skills on the council.

Voting Process:

  • Single Ballot: There is one unified ballot listing all candidates.
  • Weighted Voting: Delegates can use their voting power to support multiple candidates, with their votes being weighted according to their stake in the DAO.

Voting Guidelines:

  • Transparency: All votes are transparent and recorded on Tally or Snapshot.
  • Eligibility: Only DAO members with voting rights can participate.

Vote Counting and Results:

  • Votes are tallied using Tally’s system (or Snapshot if more suitable), with results verified and publicly announced.
  • Selection: The three candidates with the highest total weighted votes are elected to the council.

Special Elections (if needed):

  • Tie Resolution: In the unlikely case of a tie for the third seat, a run-off vote will be held within one week following the initial voting period, including only the tied candidates.

  • Other Elections for Vacant Seats: If a council seat becomes vacant, a special election will be held within one week to fill the position.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us!

Onward!

GCP Working Group

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Hey all,

We hope those of you who attended EthCC had an amazing time in Brussels. There was an overwhelming amount of optimism about GCP as well!

After many suggestions from delegates and foundation members, we are extending the nomination timeline until Tuesday, 7/16. Extending the deadline will allow for more post-EthCC participation, which we believe will be a net positive. We appreciate the efforts of those who have already applied and apologize for any inconvenience this extension may cause. For future efforts, we will plan better timelines to ensure smoother participation. :pray:

We are excited to share more details about the voting timeline and process in the coming week.

We appreciate your support/patience and look forward to moving GCP forward!

Thank you,

GCP Working Group

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