Jess Colwill, December 21, 2016

PEA Move to Outlaw CS:GO Teams From EPL

The newly formed Professional Esports Association (PEA) is planning to outlaw its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams from participating in the ESL Pro League, sources close to the association say.

As originally reported by Slingshot, the PEA plans to hold its own league next season and are therefore trying to limit associated organizations from competing in other tournaments.

The PEA is comprised of seven major organizationsTeam Solomid, Team Liquid, Cloud9, CounterLogic Gaming, Immortals, NRG Esports, and compLexity Gamingany of whom will be found in breach of contract if they try to play in the EPL in February.

According to Slingshots sources, some players are unhappy with the PEA’s decision saying they deserve the “right to choose the leagues they play in.”

The World Esports Association (WESA), PEA’s European counterpart, maintains its alliance with the ESL. Additionally, the seven teams (Fnatic, Na’Vi, EnVyUs, Virtus.pro, G2, mousesports, and NiP), are all planning to take part in the EPL. The PEA has offered to partner with the ESL to hold some kind of “Global Finals” but they have reportedly declined, according to Slingshot’s source.

Despite the pleas of the dissenting players, the PEA reportedly plans to move forward with this decision. Whether that will cause any fallout with its teams remains to be seenwe’ll keep you up to date.

Jess Colwill

Jess is a writer and dog-lover from the eastern coast of Australia, who loves playing games (particularly anything by BioWare), listening to metal, baking, and fostering rescue dogs while they wait for new homes. You can find her on Twitter at @notsocryptic.