Mike Stubbs . Business . Tuesday 8th November 2016 . 12:59
WESA has created an arbitration court for eSports professionals to help settle disputes.
The court will act independently of WESA, despite being founded by the group, and will help settle disputes related to matters such as contract disputes, prize money pay out and distribution, financial misconduct and player representation. The issues will be heard by three independent parties, although some issues only require one, and any decision they make is final.
“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.”