Esports Players Welfare Association (EPWA) Launched in India
The Esports Players Welfare Association (EPWA) was launched today, in a bid to safeguard the rights of professional players. The new organization seeks to support players and ensure that their professional, legal, and contractual rights are not infringed upon. The organization is founded by Ritesh Nath, who was formerly a part of Nielsen Sports and Entertainment and Stepathlon Lifestyle. Former esports player, Amar Ratnam from Entity Gaming will be heading the liaison between the players and the industry. EPWA seeks to offer legal advice, career advice, dispute resolution, and community building services for the esports community. Players will need to sign up at the EPWA website to receive the aforementioned services.
Services offered by Esports Players Welfare Association
There are free and paid membership options available at the Esports Players Welfare Association. The free membership entitles members to get access to esports updates, webinars, tournament information, policy updates, and career information.
The paid membership options include all of the aforementioned services as well as the following services:
Legal Advice: EPWA proposes to offer legal advice with the objective of safeguarding the interest of esports players.
Sponsorship and Tournament Contract Advice: EPWA proposes to review and flag off concerns in team contracts, tournament contracts, and sponsorships/endorsements.
Dispute Resolution: Should any player be addressed with hostile situations through any contractual obligations, EPWA seeks to offer third-party legal counsel.
Health and Nutrition Advice: EPWA seeks to offer health and nutrition advice for players who are part of the esports community.
Ritesh Nath, the CEO & Founder of EPWA stated that “the absence of either in the eSports industry in India is one of the key drivers that led to the formation of eSports Players Welfare Association (EPWA). With the exponential increase in the number of eSports players (amateur and professional) and avenues for them to earn a living, EPWA will strive to ensure their rights are protected by defining industry norms, setting regulations, and assisting relevant stakeholders to form policies.”
The premium membership is currently priced at INR 299 ($4 USD) per year.
Interested players can sign up at: https://epwa.in/membership/