The Professional eSports Association (PEA) have made the decision to suspend Counter-Strike: Global Offensive league operations starting immediately. The decision came before the league could even start and after players in the league publicly expressed distrust in their management.
Part of the eSport athlete distrust came from a rule which prevented players from competing in other CS:GO leagues like the ESL Pro League. The decision was defended by PEA who said that an oversaturation of leagues featuring the same teams would be bad for business and that it didn’t want player schedules to become overloaded.
Though the agreements which the players negotiated and signed with the organizations give the organizations the right to decide where players compete (as with all team sports contracts), the PEA organizations decided to do the PEA CS:GO league only if a majority of the players said they wanted to play in PEA rather than EPL.
The league was up against financial hurdles in an environment where big hitters are fighting for sponsorship and viewership.
there isn’t sufficient financial support in the ecosystem, either from broadcast/streaming partners, sponsors or others, to profitably operate a third prominent online league, due to the oversaturation of the marketplace and the recent upward spiral in operating costs.
Players decided that they would go with EPL which recently upped its prize pool from $750,000 to $1 million. It has also announced a plan to share 10 percent of gross revenues with non-World Esports Association (WESA) teams of which PEA claims it was promised half. PEA said organisations would not receive the revenue percentage unless they agreed to not play in PEA’s CS:GO competitions while committing to EPL for a two-year period.
PEA was founded in September of 2016 by professional eSports teams Team Solomid (TSM), Cloud9, Team Liquid, Counter Logic Gaming (CLG), Immortals, NRG eSports and compLexity Gaming.
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