The world of eSports is continuing to grow, with the forming of WESA, or the World Esports Association. ESL has been "working has been working closely with some of the most renowned, industry-leading esports teams to create an open and inclusive organisation to oversee standardized tournament regulations, player representation as well as revenue sharing for teams".
On the ESL Gaming website, the announcement says that WESA will "offer the chance to bring all esports stakeholders - players, teams, organizers and broadcasters - to the discussion table in order to bring much needed structure, predictable schedules and transparency to the scene. Eight of the world's biggest multi-gaming brands have contributed to the founding of WESA, with the Association aiming to add more members and negotiations continue with various organizations". As for the founding teams, these are the ones that have joined WESA:
- Natus Vincere
- G2 Esports
- Ninjas in Pyjamas
One of WESA's goals is the operative Player Council, which is elected by the players. The Player Council will "represent, strengthen and advocate on behalf of pro gamers on a number of important topics, such as league policies, rulesets, player transfers and more. The aim is to empower players when it comes to influencing decision-making in tournaments operated under WESA regulations. As such, the ESL Pro League for CS:GO will become the first professional esports competition to adopt said WESA regulations".