It is now official. After weeks of rumors surrounding WESA and FaZe Clan, the European team has officially announced they will be stepping out of the World Esports Association. WESA has received a lot of criticism by the community and eSports personalities since its establishment and official launch two weeks ago.
The team released a statement on their Facebook page explaining their decision to leave the organization:
“Over the recent days there has been some speculation to whether or not FaZe Clan will be leaving WESA. Today, we are confirming our departure from the Association. FaZe Clan is an organization built with true gamers and true gaming fans. We have a responsibility to voice our opinion and do what’s right for all our members, creators, players and most importantly, our fans; which really is our true voice. ” (Read the full statement here)
The team’s statement ruled out an ongoing rumor regarding teams leaving WESA paying up to $50,000 in penalties explaining that “WESA would never penalize organizations for having a difference of opinion and they respect our decision.”
In different statement cited by ESPN, the team explained and criticized WESA’s lack of transparency, and this being the reason behind their departure from the association. In the same statement FaZe clarified that there was indeed a signing fee for the participating teams, but it was never collected.
“It doesn’t lack big metaphors of what it could be, but it lacks transparency on how to get there and that is the main reason for why we are leaving WESA.”
In WESA’s official statement, the association shared their disappointment surrounding FaZe’s departure and explained the next steps needed to continue building WESA, including elections for the Player Council, appointment of players for the Executive board and the formalization of the Arbitration Court (the one appointed to prevent wrongdoings between teams, players and tournaments).
With this announcement the World Esports Association is left with seven founding teams out of the original eight just two weeks after launching.