“Since the debut of North earlier this year, we have taken steps to grow our organization’s awareness within the esports industry. We are excited for the opportunity to join WESA and continue leaving our footprint in the esports world,” North’s Chief Gaming Officer Jacob “Maelk” Toft-Andersen said in a statement. “We look forward to working with WESA and its Members to further professionalize the industry as a whole.”
WESA has expanded significantly in its second year of existence, as the organization added OpTic Gaming and FaZe Clan (though the latter says it never left — but that’s a different story) in June and SK Gaming and Renegades in March. The association, founded in conjunction with the ESL last May, has been active this year, specifically with addressing multiple-team ownership among its members.
North always seemed a logical choice for WESA, as it’s a relatively new organization but one with a notable Danish roster that doesn’t have any teams outside of Counter-Strike. Splyce, however, is a bit more surprising, as the Counter-Strike team has only three players and has enjoyed only middling success at the game. It’s possible the addition of Splyce coincides with a broadening of WESA’s influence into other esports, but that’s speculative at this point.
“This is an exciting time for team owners, as we are able to work together to continue advancing the infrastructure and sustainability of this industry for our staff, players and shareholders,” Splyce co-owner Marty Strenczewilk said in a statement. “Working with the storied teams that make up WESA was an obvious choice for us at Splyce, as it gives us the opportunity to work on projects that can have a huge impact on the entirety of esports alongside owners who are as passionate and dedicated as we are.”
WESA now has 13 members, as the two newest additions join Fnatic, EnVyUs, G2 Esports, Ninjas in Pyjamas, mousesports, Natus Vincere, Virtus.pro, Renegades, SK Gaming, OpTic Gaming and FaZe Clan.