The World Esports Association (or WESA) announced last Wednesday it has added two members. The first, OpTiC Gaming, joins the association as a full new member. The second, FaZe Clan, was a founding member of WESA and decided to remain one despite announcing its departure last May.
Joining forces in the esports industry
The association’s aim by expanding its membership is to bring about positive developments in the competitive gaming scene.
“We are honored that OpTic Gaming, one of the most popular esports teams in the world with a massive social following and fan base, has elected to join WESA,” said WESA Executive Chairman and Commissioner Ken Hershman. “We are also pleased that FaZe Clan will remain as a member of our organization.”
WESA members are pledged to work together toward increased transparency and structure in the competitive scene, which should benefit all involved parties.
“We share the same vision as WESA and its membership to professionalize the esports industry,” said OpTic Gaming owner Hector Rodriguez. “We look forward to working with the organization and our fellow members on advancing the progress that they have already made.”
FaZe Clan remains a full member
Despite its planned departure from the association, FaZe Clan has decided to stay after witnessing WESA’s positive growth from the past year.
“Expanding membership with more North American teams, introducing key regulations and the commitment of member organizations to abide by the changes, and a new Commissioner with a background in the traditional media space really solidified our interest in remaining a part of WESA, “ said FaZe Clan Manager Erik Anderson. “FaZe Clan is committed to being an active member of WESA moving forward and growing the esports industry.”
WESA grows within the esports industry
The Switzerland-based WESA has been pursuing new members recently, and two established esports organizations, SK Gaming and Renegades, joined the association in April.
Striving to further professionalize esports by addressing player representation, standardized regulations, revenue sharing, and more, the organization is attracting many like-minded parties.
The current member list counts 12 esports organizations: Fnatic, Team EnVyUs, Ninjas in Pyjamas, G2 Esports, Virtus.Pro, Natus Vincere, Mousesports, ESL, Renegades, SK Gaming, OpTiC Gaming, and FaZe Clan.
With measurable future progress, issues like player mistreatment and payment issues could become more and more rare.