ESL announces WESA federation
ESL has formally announced the creation of the World Esports Association (WESA), a federation that will work on regulating the competitive scene.
Organisations like fnatic, Natus Vincere and Virtus.pro have all joined WESA as founding members, with more clubs expected to join the governing body in the future.
In a statement, ESL describes WESA as "an inclusive organization that will further professionalize esports by introducing elements of player representation, standardized regulations, and revenue sharing for teams." The goal is to bring harmony to a "crowded esports ecosystem" by creating "predictable schedules for fans, players, organisers and broadcasters."
The following eight gaming organisations are the founding members of WESA:
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Players will be represented in WESA by a Player Council, which will be working actively on a number of important topics, "such as league policies, rulesets, player transfers and more," in the tournaments that will be operated under the governing body's regulations, the first of which being the ESL Pro League.
"WESA offers many opportunities to the Member Teams and their Players, but we're most excited about the esports's first official player representative finally becoming a reality," said Virtus.pro captain Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas.
"For the first time in the history of esports, players will come together to organize themselves, and that will enable all of us to get a real say in decisions that directly influence us.
"With a Player Council sitting at the table with the rest of the decision makers, we're going to continue improve the tournament and league organization".
The teams that are part of WESA will be allowed to participate in tournaments, leagues and offline events that are not sanctioned by the federation, provided that their schedules "have been balanced prior to today's announcement."
Natus Vincere owner Alexander "ZeroGravity" Kokhanovskyy stated that all members will "share the profits" of WESA-sanctioned events, which, in his opinion, is "a huge step for the industry."
"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," fnatic CEO Wouter Sleijffers continued.
Acting as the Interim League Commissioner of WESA will be Pietro Fringuelli, a lawyer who has worked as an advisor to some of the biggest sports organisations in Europe.
“I’m incredibly honored and excited to join the World Esports Association today, and am looking forward to bringing my years of experience from traditional sports into the world of electronic sports," he said.
"The formation of WESA, and the growth of the Association in the coming years, will be the critical performance indicators for the entire esports industry - and a real game changer for its every stakeholder."
Below you can find a picture that will explain the structure of WESA and how the positions in the governing body are related to each other: