"We as organizers tried and were not successful at making it work with more than one organizer at the table" (James Lampkin).
@MrAdamAp I can confirm that CEVO wasn't approached by WESA either.— Chris Pipher (@chris_pipher) May 13, 2016
Officially: SLTV wasn't approached or included in any conversations around the formation of WESA@lurppis_ @MrAdamAp @chris_pipher— CS:GO SLTV (@cssltv) May 13, 2016
I'm not sure which organizers were contacted when four major players in that business seem to have been left in the dark.Just to clarify that at no point were we at @Gfinity approached or included in any conversations around the formation of WESA.— Martin Wyatt (@TheMartinWyatt) May 13, 2016
"So on the executive committee there are 5 members. Two from ESL, two team owners, and a commissioner. It was negotiated that way so that in the event of a decision we could not agree on, the commissioner would break the tie" (Lampkin).
So we have two votes that will always be the same (ESL), two votes that have the potential to differ (team owners), and a guy who wants this to be the next FIFA to break the tie just in case ESL does not get their way (commissioner).
"WESA represents the interests of players by including them in the decision making process" (Lampkin).
I am hearing $150k was paid to each team, if true, that is $1.2mil to the founding teams.— Scott Smith (@SirScoots) May 13, 2016
So that is a yes, money changed hands. Had it not, it would be easy to say so and no need to ask teams. Thanks. https://t.co/Lnvw603WI3— Scott Smith (@SirScoots) May 13, 2016
Players =/= team owners, who are the ones with the actual voting power. Furthermore, I find it alarming IF these "teams" are being paid large sums of money to take part in WESA. Why you have to pay people such large amounts of money to get on board with something entirely in their best interest is beyond me.
"That doesn’t mean we think there won’t be an external players union" (Lampkin).
Thanks for the warning, because judging from the current information available, a player union must come sooner rather than later. Be afraid boys, be very afraid.