Jess Colwill, February 20, 2017

PEA Commissioner Jason Katz Steps Down

The Professional Esports Association (PEA) have announced a high-level management shuffle resulting in the commissioner Jason Katz and “additional staff” departing the organization.

Jason Katz has been the commissioner since the organization was formed back in September of 2016. As such, he was at the helm during the so-called “Player’s Rights” controversy in which the PEA tried to force member teams to drop out of the ESL Pro League. He features heavily in Scott “SirScoots” Smith’s open letters including his infamous “Things change” response.

The PEA announced they would officially disband their Counter-Strike: GO league in the wake of most of their teams choosing to participate in the EPL instead. That was over a month ago now and the organization has remained quiet since.

The PEA’s statement says that Katz and the other staff are “departing the organization”, but not whether such a move is voluntary or if they’re being kicked to the curb in an effort by the PEA to distance themselves from the previous controversy.

In the meantime, the PEA will be run by the Board of Governors until such a time that “a decision is made about a new organizational structure.

“In the interim, the PEA Board has created sub-committees to manage its ongoing business.”

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.