ESL, e-Sports teams create e-Sport governing body, WESA

Last Updated May 17th, 2016

e-Sports gaming has now gone the way of FIFA (minus the rampant corruption) with the creation of the WESA, the World e-Sports Association. ESL, the world’s first e-Sports league, and a number of e-Sports teams announced WESA’s formation this past Friday, May 13, after a year of ongoing discussions and negotiations.

The organization hopes to normalize many aspects and elements in the growing world of e-Sports gaming as an open and inclusive organization. Standardized regulations, revenue sharing for teams, player representation, and predictable tournament schedules are just some of the elements currently on the table.

The e-Sports teams involved in WESA are Fnatic, Team Envyus, Ninjas In Pyjamas, G2 Esports, Virtus.Pro, Natus Vincere, Mousesports, and Faze Clan.

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“We’ve established Fnatic across numerous games over the past twelve years, and we welcome an organization like WESA to help speak to the interests of teams and players,” said Team Fnatic CEO Wouter Sleijffers.

“Our team has worked hard with organizers, like ESL, in the past to provide feedback and ensure a positive evolution for the events specifically and the industry,” added Mike Rufail, Managing Director of Team EnVyUs. “Team EnVyUs players welcome both the challenge and responsibility that WESA brings with it.”

The announcement comes just a week after some controversy at a League Of Legends tournament. Riot Games, creators of LoL, fined Team Impulse $20,000 and banned them from future tournaments due to player mistreatment after Riot discovered that the organization had not paid many of its players and had also submitted falsified player contracts, some of which never existed in the first place.

WESA hopes to avoid situations like these altogether not only via the previously mentioned regulations but also with their Player’s Council. The Council, composed of player-elected members, would serve as a player’s union of sorts and advocate in behalf of professional gamers in various aspects of tournament play, including league policies, rulesets, player transfers, and more.

More information can be found at WESA’s website.