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 organizations—Team Solomid, Team Liquid, Cloud9, CounterLogic Gaming, Immortals, NRG Esports, and compLexity Gaming—any 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 seen—we’ll keep you up to date.