When the World Esports Association, WESA, was announced, transparency was a huge issue. People looked at the teams participating, the creator of the whole thing, ESL, and assumed that the organization is to be an “old boys’ club” of sorts, only representing the biggest and most influential teams from Europe, pushing out everyone else.
Of course, WESA tried to recover from the initial scandalous launch, but it doesn’t seem to be successful. Recently, the Association announced the forming of a players council, which is supposed to include coaches and players from all member teams. As stated in the press release found here, the council is supposed to, “advocate on behalf of the pro gamers in the association, empowering players when it comes to a wide range of decision-making in regards to tournaments operated under WESA regulations”. The members of the council were elected by the member teams.
Seeing as every council needs a Chairman, one was elected by the members of the council. This position will be filled by Viktor “vuggo” Jendeby. The Chairman will have to “represent the Council and all of the organization’s players on the WESA Executive Board.” The statement goes on, “This role will give the players important insight and input into decision making at the highest level, as well as the ability to help shape the formation and adjustment of rules and policies which directly affect players’ careers.”
Who are going to be the members of the newly formed and elected Players Council? Chairman and Manager, as well as co-coach of Fnatic, Viktor “vuggo” Jendeby, Na’Vi’s coach Sergey “starix” Ischuk (his name was spelled wrong in WESA’s statement, by the way), mousesports’ AWPer Chris “chrisJ” De Jong, G2 Esports’ manager Jérôme "NiaK" Sudries, Adam "friberg" Friberg, a long-time veteran pro player from Ninjas in Pyjamas, Virtus.pro palyer Wiktor “TaZ” Wojtas, and Nathan “NBK-” Schmitt, a Support Rifler for EnVyUs.
I want WESA to work, I want it to be a great thing for eSports. I don’t have anything against it personally, and the Players Council idea is great. But. I am a bit of a cynic. An organization which calls itself WORLD Esports Association, claiming to represent eSports players, even though only EUROPEAN teams are members, linked to one of the biggest tournament organizers… It makes my spidey sense tingle. The Professional Esports Association, NA’s answer to WESA, from what it seems, let’s off way less warning bells. Maybe because it’s not been linked to any tournament organizers, created purely by the organizations themselves. Of course, that might not be true at all, for all we know, MLG is behind the scenes there too. I certainly hope everything is above board. Esports need something like WESA or PEA done right to reach the next level. Let’s pray to Faker and NiKo above that everything goes well for the budding organizations.