WESA INTRODUCES FIRST ARBITRATION COURT FOR ESPORTS
NEW YORK CITY (November 02, 2016) – Following up on its committment to design and implement an easily accesible process for handling a variety of legal issues esports Teams and Players encounter, WESA is pleased to announce the installation of the WESA Arbitration Court. The Arbitration Court, although provided by WESA, will operate completely independent of the organization and is open to everyone involved in esports, from players, teams, organizers and publishers.
As a more efficient alternative to lengthy and costly litigation, the Arbitration Court offers 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 issues will be decided by an impartial panel of three Arbitrators, although the parties can also agree to utilize a single arbitrator (sole Arbitrator) for certain disputes. The decisions at the end of the confidential proceedings are final and there are no appeals.
“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.”
Teams and/or players interested in accessing the Arbitration Court to settle disputes can send an e-mail to [firstname.lastname@example.org]. The normal arbitration process will start with written submissions that are submitted directly to the Court, stating the positions of the parties and then if necessary an oral hearing for the arbitrator and the parties.
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.
For more information about WESA, visit www.wesa.gg.