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The World Esports Association (WESA) has a great sounding name. And the mission statement is certainly admirable. They want to improve the standards of esports, conditions for the players within, and the livelihood of all those involved.

But within just a fortnight, things have began to rapidly crumble. The association's press conference was marked with a pair of spectacularly shocking interviews. Days after that, rumours broke that one of the founding teams already wanted to leave. Today, they have.


Last week the world of Counter-Strike was up in arms: someone was starting a new association for esports with a select group of teams in a manner that invited all manner of questions. What was the World Esports Association (WESA) about? What rights did the teams give up to be a part of the cabal? What was the association's plans for non-associate members? Would there be exclusive leagues? And what part did ESL, the tournament organisers behind it all, have?

To quell concerns about the direction of the association, ESL chief executive (and WESA board member) Ralf Reichert and the association's interim commissioner Pietro Fringuelli opened themselves up to interviews. Which were horrible.


There's been a massive uproar in the Counter-Strike world over the last hour, with players, teams, organisations and commentators concerned following the formation of a new esports association.

With so little information publicly available, people feared that its formation could result in professional Counter-Strike becoming more like Call of Duty or League of Legends, where everything revolved around a centralised tournament or organisation. But the association at the heart of all the drama has come out to try and allay those concerns.