WESA announce the formation of an arbitration court

WESAWESA is an open and inclusive organization that will further professionalize esports by introducing elements of player representation, standardized regulations, and revenue shares for teams. The organisation which launched amid much controversy earlier in the year has been out of the news for sometime. However that does not mean they have been inactive.

WESA was founded in May 2016 by eight of the world’s most popular esports teams (Fnatic, Natus Vincere, EnVyUS, Virtus.Pro, G2 esports, Faze, mousesports, Ninjas in Pyjamas) and ESL, the world’s largest esports company, who shared a collective vision to further professionalize the sport by introducing elements of player representation, standardized regulations and revenue sharing for teams. Based on traditional sports association models, WESA also aims to create predictable schedules for fans, players, organizers and broadcasters by engaging all appropriate stakeholders. The ESL Pro League for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is the first professional esports competition that will be played under WESA regulations.

WESA was announced on May 13, 2016 via the ESL gaming website and a press conference (which many at the time felt was poorly handled). There has been widespread criticism of the first esports council to have been formed.

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The council aims to provide a structure to eSports in general. Esports is still regarded as ¨The Wild West¨ to many and it prevents outsiders from coming in and investing into eSports in general. However that has not stopped the recent influx of investment and interest in eSports.

 

The WESA structure can be seen in the image below :

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They announced the formation of the Arbitration court on November 2nd 2016. The arbitration court seeks to provide a legal framework that can be used to resolve a range of issues, including contract disputes, prize money pay out and distribution, financial misconduct and Player representation.

 

The creation of an independent arbitration process is an important step to achieve one of WESA’s goals to professionalize esports,” said Ken Hershman, Executive Chairman and Commissioner of WESA.  “The impartial nature of the arbitration process ensures a variety of issues – from contract disputes to prize money distribution and many others – can be handled expeditiously in a fair, equitable and cost effective manner.”

Having a framework, processes and a legal body to turn to when needed is an important next step in ensuring that professional gamers and their careers are guarded said Viktor Jendeby, Players Council Chairman. “With the Arbitration Court in place, I am confident that Players and Teams they play for will receive necessary help and support when needed, and that their interests will be protected.”

 

 

Source – WESA

 

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