PEA reportedly blacklists ESL Pro League

According to a report from Slingshot Esports, it seems that the Professional Esports Association (PEA) will forbid its teams from participating in future iterations of the ESL ESEA Pro League.

How absolutely fucking stupid is this move?

The article also establishes that the PEA somehow felt the need to offer “to partner” with ESL for a “Global Finals” that brings top teams from multiple leagues together for some sort of international playoff, because for some reason it’s a fact of life that the PEA teams feel compelled to create a competitor to the Majors system that isn’t going anywhere. The PEA proposal was rejected by WESA and has gone nowhere afterwards.

No surprise there, especially when you consider the PEA has yet to show the world how the ideal CSGO league system should operate. We’ll just have to wait until its utopian league system begins its first season in January 2017.

The report also suggests that some players want to play the next season of the ESL league, but have been warned that they will be found in violation of their team’s contract with PEA, which is a pretty shit thing to do especially considering all of these organizations have participated (and one has even outright won, not so long ago) the ESL EPL:

  • TSM ($100,500 in winnings)
    • S1 EU League 3rd ($15k)
    • S1 Finals T-7th ($7.5k)
    • Invitational 2nd ($60k)
    • S2 EU League 1st ($18k)
  • Cloud9 ($328,000)
    • S1 NA League 1st ($18k)
    • S1 Finals 2nd ($60k)
    • Invitational T-7th ($7.5k)
    • S2 NA League 6th ($11.5k)
    • S3 NA League 2nd (–)
    • S3 Finals T-7th ($31k)
    • S4 NA League 1st (–)
    • S4 Finals 1st ($200k)
  • Liquid ($109,500)
    • S1 NA League 5th ($13k)
    • S2 NA League 1st ($18k)
    • S2 Finals T-5th ($12.5k)
    • S3 NA League 4th (–)
    • S3 Finals T-5th ($36k)
    • S4 NA League 7th (–)
    • S4 Finals T-7th ($30k)
  • CLG ($82,000)
    • S1 NA League 4th ($13.5k)
    • S1 Finals T-3rd ($25k)
    • S2 NA League 4th ($13.5k)
    • S2 Finals T-7th ($7.5k)
    • S3 NA League 10th ($9.5k)
    • S4 NA League 9th ($13k)
  • Immortals ($25,000)
    • S4 NA League 2nd (–)
    • S4 Finals T-9th ($25k)
  • NRG eSports ($47,000)
    • S3 NA League 5th ($27k)
    • S4 NA League 6th (–)
    • S4 Finals 11th ($20k)
  • Complexity ($27,000)
    • S2 NA League 5th ($13k)
    • S3 NA League 11th ($6k)
    • S4 NA League 11th ($8k)

The money-to-result ratio seems fair to me. Shit team? Shit prize. Checks out.

I guess I just don’t understand the motive behind the PEA organization wanting to figure out their own alternative to what seems to be the most successful CSGO professional league. More money?

Money exists in these leagues. Teams just have to be good enough to win it.

Out of all of the teams in the PEA, only two are still worth anything nowadays: Cloud9 and Liquid. Now, CLG seems to be on the rebound lately, but I’m not even sure that you could consider that roster anywhere near the top of the competitive scene. But Autinothskastewroud and Hiko’s Truth Squad are the only two organizations that continue to be worth anybody’s time on the international scene.

And no comment from either puppeteering organization to boot? Go figure!

FaZe out of WESA

Hey–whaddya know? That rumor about FaZe wanting out of WESA wasn’t just a rumor, after all. Definitely found the topic for the lowercase esports podcast tomorrow.

Esports lawyer dude Bryce Blum just had his own overview of WESA based on today’s news published over at ESPN. I’m reading this right now, but from a cursory glance it doesn’t appear to contain any new information. Blum’s write-ups are always worthwhile to read, if for no other reason than a legal perspective from someone that actively represents parties in esports.

TLEP #037 – Miscommunication Internationale

There might be a potentially bullshit report of FaZe paying a $50k USD penalty in order to leave WESA floating out there in the ether at the moment, but I recorded today’s podcast covering the GameSpot interview before that report came out. Internet cool person Rob Crossley totally nailed it in his coverage of the WESA press conference. In today’s episode, I go through some of the details of what surfaces in an interview conducted after that press conference.

Podcast information will always be available on the podcast index.

WESA goes live, Reddit AmA underway

It begins.

There’s a Reddit thread on r/globaloffensive promising official answers to user questions. I’ve got one in there near the top of the list, but there’s some great questions being asked. Here’s hoping we get some genuine answers from the people behind the WESA scheme. Sadly, the press conference wasn’t streamed for some awful fucking reason, I’m sure, but we’ll be getting some sort of highlight reel this weekend, according to the WESA spokeshole running their Twitter account.

Here’s some of the finer tweets that came across my timeline regarding this morning’s announcement:

And then there’s this gem from the Reddit thread, where the WESA founders AMA hasn’t started yet:


Sky News thinks the WESA wants to emulate FIFA but that’s not entirely true

Today’s 1300Z press conference will, supposedly, answer a lot of questions about what the World Esports Association is supposed to be. Dexerto broke with details with an interesting tidbit of opinion.

The Dexerto report is largely a repost of an article Sky News is running before the press conference scheduled for today, and it confirms a few details based on the step and repeat leaked earlier this week.

First, no publisher is on board yet, but Sky News notes that negotiations are underway to court as many of the major esport developers as possible. Without publishers, as the article notes, their major leagues and tournaments such as Riot’s LCS and Valve’s International will be beyond the reach of this new organization’s control.

Secondly, they intend for this organization to control all of esports, even if the organization they’re modeling (FIFA) only controls one sport, otherwise there’s no need to confirm that they’re looking to negotiate with publishers–plural. If they were going to keep WESA’s focus on CS:GO, they’d be talking about a single publisher, Valve–and probably getting nowhere trying to take the Majors out of their hands–especially when they usually end up operating two out of the three yearly Majors.

I just don’t understand how the teams and players are willing to accept the nonsense of WESA when they know full well that they’ll be giving up not only their ability to freely choose which events they want to participate in, but the rest of their rights as well. How ESL have gotten away with pulling the wool over these teams’ eyes is beyond me.

I doubt there’s any level of transparency that WESA can offer to show that will definitively prove that they intend to be a force for good in esports.

TLEP #034 – Non-Exclusive Exclusivity

Today’s episode of the lowercase esports podcast uses the details from yesterday’s post about the World Esports Association leak as a jumping off point for a discussion about how far-reaching this organization’s potential legal authority could be. It’s so weird for ESL to think that an organization like this benefits players or that it needs to exist at all.

I’d also like to take this space to express my gratitude towards the whiskey I consumed during the production of this episode. You helped me through some mental blocks and even though you impaired me to the point where I stumbled on the simplest of acronyms and initialisms, you also helped me to ignore that horrible squeaker that gaben matched me up with on CS:GO MM later that evening. You’re the true hero, whiskey.

The episode listing and subscription links can be found at the podcast index.

Cornerstone Euro teams, ESL form international cabal to consolidate marketing power

wesaleakEight teams, one event organizer, zero publishers, zero players, and a five person board with two ESL representatives. Just considering those details alone, you’d have to conclude that an esports organization with a power structure like that is not meant to fairly promote esports, player rights, or anything remotely resembling the utopian union idea that never seems to materialize.

I think it’s safe to say that, holy fucking shit, ESL have completely lost their minds. Here’s a translated version of the organization’s mission statement originally discovered by /u/Ivanuvo and translated from the original German:

Aim: Promote tuning and managing sport at international level and establishment of a global and structured platform for eSports, its players and teams through construction, promotion and operation of ESL-Liga/leagues, as well as other eSports events that are supported by the Association, online and offline.
Creation, creation and obtaining necessary licenses and/or development of software, technology, content and other materials that are needed for the ESL League/leagues and other eSports events supported by the Club (i.e. ticket sales, production logistics, event organisation) to work, can be advertised, promoted and operated;
Combining the sporting and economic interests of the teams who are members of the Association (‘WESA-Team(s)’), as marketing partners, as well as marketing of all of the WESA community rights conferred on team players (‘player’) and the Walsh teams.)

We’ll definitely be waiting to hear about details for this organization, anonymous spokesperson who is probably Carmac.

From the bits and pieces that are publicly available, it’s reasonable to conclude that ESL are trying to secure its place in the competitive scene–regardless if their place is already secure in the competitive scene because… y’know… it’s ESL.