In an official statement on Facebook, FaZe Clan announced they would be leaving the World Esports Association, also known as WESA, after rumors of them parting ways. This is only two weeks after the association was founded with FaZe being one of the founding teams.
“We feel that WESA still has lots of challenges to overcome and we feel that right now it’s not the best place for us to be,” as said in the statement. “Building a league system with a governing body is interesting and maybe even what e-sports needs to take the next step forward. We believe in time and patience, aligning and unifying the entire scene is the key to bring the true vision to life – which from a conceptual point of view is impressive.”
The team also stated that they did not pay a fine of $200,000 despite rumors and are leaving on good terms. They also mentioned that they would continue to support “ideas that bring e-sports forward,” even if it is “WESA or others figuring out how to execute this.” They also went on to state even if they’re not in WESA that ESL will be inviting them to their leagues and tournaments.
FaZe Clan is the first team to leave WESA but other teams such as EnVy, NiP, Fnatic, G2 and other big names are still with the association. This was after the WESA announcement was leaked by a reddit post and went under intense scrutiny on social media.