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To operate independent of the organization

First arbitration court for eSports introduced

First arbitration court for eSports introduced
Following up on its committment to design and implement an easily accesible process for handling a variety of legal issues esports Teams and Players encounter, WESA announced the installation of the WESA Arbitration Court.
United Kingdom | 11/09/2016

Following up on its committment to design and implement an easily accesible process for handling a variety of legal issues esports Teams and Players encounter, WESA announced the installation of the WESA Arbitration Court.

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he Arbitration Court, although provided by WESA, will operate completely independent of the organization and is open to everyone involved in esports, from players, teams, organizers and publishers.

As a more efficient alternative to lengthy and costly litigation, the Arbitration Court offers a legal framework that can be used to resolve a range of issues, including contract disputes, prize money pay out and distribution, financial misconduct and Player representation.

The issues will be decided by an impartial panel of three Arbitrators, although the parties can also agree to utilize a single arbitrator (sole Arbitrator) for certain disputes.

The decisions at the end of the confidential proceedings are final and there are no appeals

“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”

The normal arbitration process will start with written submissions that are submitted directly to the Court, stating the positions of the parties and then if necessary an oral hearing for the arbitrator and the parties.

 

 

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