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.

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