WESA Denies Rumors of Plans for Exclusivity

The World Esports Association has rejected allegations that the organization will force teams in WESA to compete in events sanctioned by WESA in 2018.

The press release follows a video published by investigative journalist Richard Lewis that claimed anonymous sources told him that WESA was going to begin organizing their own CS:GO circuits, and would demand that teams involved in their organization would only compete in their league. The allegations continued to include casters, as the sources Lewis cited supposedly accused ESL, who formed WESA with several teams, of threatening to not hire Alex “Machine” Richardson if he accepted a casting job with the PEA. Machine left ESL late last year, but it still a popular caster in the Counter-Strike community.

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While WESA’s response did not touch base on the allegations regarding Machine, they were quick to refute the accusations on requiring teams to compete in their league. WESA Executive Chairman and Commissioner, Ken Hershman, said that, yes, teams would not be allowed to play in non-Pro League matches on the day of their matches in their league, but there were no further rules regarding exclusivity. However, that could be subject to change.

“WESA has not required any of its teams to drop any other leagues either in 2017 or any subsequent years,” wrote Hershman, “While no decisions have been made regarding league participation beyond 2017, any decision will be a joint one by all WESA members, including the players.  We strongly distance ourselves from any suggestions saying otherwise.”

WESA was formed in 2016 by ESL, Fnatic, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Team EnVyUs, Natus Vincere, mousesports, G2 Esports, Virtus.pro, and FaZe Clan, the latter of which quickly removed their brand from the association. A WESA-organized event can, in short, be translated to an event organized by ESL, who has been criticized extensively by the eSports community for holding too many key positions on the organization’s board.

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