ESL Forms WESA To Increase Diversity And Drug Monitoring In E-Sports
(Last Updated On: June 13, 2016)

When e-sports gets big enough where it requires its own separate regulation body to monitor and enforce anti-doping measures and maintain safe spaces, then it’s probably time for trolls, spammers, hackers and cheaters to hang up their boots and find another hobby, because a governing body means that the e-sports market is more corporate than ever before.

According to Gamespot, the Electronic Sports League has announced that they’ve partnered with various popular e-sports teams such as Fnatic, Natus Vincere, EnVyUs, Virtus.Pro, G2 Esports, Faze, mousesports, and Ninjas in Pyjamas, along with various other third-party authorities to make up the World Esports Association.

The group is designed to work somewhat as an independent body to perform drug tests, prohibit hacking and cheating in professional tournaments, and limit disruptive behavior such as match fixing and illegal gambling.

According to a statement issued by WESA…

“WESA is an open and inclusive organisation that will further professionalize esports by introducing elements of player representation, standardised regulations, and revenue sharing for teams,”

 

“WESA will seek to create predictable schedules for fans, players, organisers and broadcasters, and for the first time bring all stakeholders to the discussion table.”

The whole point of the organization is to work out things like table sizes, curbing corruption involving cheating and match fixing, as well as organizing doping tests to prevent those popping pills from gaining an advantage like a guy popping Viagra in a public porn contest.

The main idea is to further legitimatize e-sports by establishing more regulations in hopes of preventing the general public at large from looking down on the electronic sports league as a lesser sport. However, it’s hard to get gamers to not look down on e-sports as a lesser sport.

Anyway, according to WESA, they’ve been at the table for an awfully long time trying to get all this stuff sorted, stating…

“The formation of WESA concludes over a year of negotiation between many teams and organisers, and it aims to bring much needed structure to a crowded esports ecosystem,”[…] “The ESL Pro League for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will be the first professional esports competition that will be played under WESA regulations.”

Other popular games played throughout the ESL circuit includes Mortal Kombat X, Dota 2 and League of Legends. It’s likely that the ESL will want to standardize these policies across the board to make e-sports look more appealing to non-gaming investors. The whole e-sports industry is expected to boom with 1.4 billion fans in 2017 and will be worth more than $4 billion by 2018.

(Main image courtesy of TweakTown)


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  • C G Saturation

    Increase diversity in E-Sports? What the hell is that supposed to mean? Are they going to kick out white players and force black players to play games? Ridiculous.

    • scemar

      It means they want to ruin it, take control of it, and take advantage of it for money, influence and status.

      And saying words like “We will support options that promote diversity and inclusiveness” make it easier to get away with all that stuff.

  • Whenever something gets popular, gets competitive, makes money and goes mainstream, it’ll be infested with political correctness in the form of SJWs and feminism. Which of course means:

    – restricting free speech
    – be family-friendly / children-friendly
    – behaving in a professional and courteous manner at all times
    – not say anything that could be deemed “racist”
    – not say anything that could be deemed “sexist” (although I’m sure females can say sexist things against men of course)
    – not criticise anything
    – be a good sport at all times to the opponent(s)
    – not put anything in a negative and bad light
    – no swearing or bad language
    – promote the companies and sponsors in a positive light at all times
    – never hire or invite sponsors/investments that would be deemed “vulgar” (YouPorn for example)
    – avoid controversy at all times

    Any infraction of the above will probably get the players and organisers punished, kicked out or fired.

    You can bet that while blood, gore, violence, guns, knives, murder and killing in the video games is allowed and hyped up. However, a little bit of female cleavage and booty will be complete blasphemy.

    So there we have it then. What was once a mellow, easy-going, laid-back and free-roam system has gone to a PC corporate shit-show.

    I lust for the old days where we could just walk into an arcade, play the likes of Street Fighter Alpha 2 and Tekken 3 on an arcade cabinet against someone or a friend, taunt each other mercilessly and (in rare cases) get into a real fight because someone was getting their ass kicked in SSF2T.

  • scemar

    They’re cancer
    Leeches attempting to gentrify a passionate entertainment into a business for their own greed.

  • Hawk Hopper

    WESA is an open and inclusive organisation that will further professionalize esports…

    The more legitimate esports tries to be, the even less I’m interested in it. It seems like players are banned for saying mean things, even though those top notch players bring in the crowds. Whoever the hell runs these things kicked out a team for being sponsored by a porno site. Not for cheating or being corrupt or anything like that, but for being sponsored by a “problematic” company. And all sorts of shit like that is what I think of when I think of esports.