PEA to launch with $1m league

BenjaCS
September 8th, 2016 20:52

Seven organizations from the North American region including Cloud9, Liquid, and CLG have formed Professional Esports Association with the goal of becoming the NBA of esports.

PEA is the second association to emerge this year after WESA which was launched by six European, two North American teams, and ESL. The owner-operated PEA, whose founding members are TSM, Cloud9, Liquid, CLG, Immortals, NRG, and compLexity, went public today with the aforementioned seven North American teams.

The organization will be unique as the players will get 50% of the share while the other half goes to the owners. The casters are also not overlooked as they will receive the share equal to a player.

Players representatives will have a seat on the Rules Committee which will rule on things such as tournament formats, rules, and prize distribution. They will also be on the Grievances Committee, "which will certify that all player concerns are heard and resolved in a timely manner."

PEA will start their operation with a $1 million league which will have a ten-week season. The first season of the league will offer $500,000.

The commissioner Jason Katz and team CEOs explained the reasons behind launching this association as they highlighted the relationship between the players and owners.

"The PEA represents something new in eSports – an association of top teams running their own league and sharing the profits and the decision-making with the players. This has been the architecture of traditional major sports leagues for many decades, but it is a new evolution for eSports. This will allow us to finally build a stable, healthy, long-term environment for the players, the community, the media and the sponsors." said Jason Katz, PEA Commissioner.

"This marks the end of the 'Wild West' days of eSports. The community and players want stability and dependability. Leagues come and go, teams join them and depart, but with the PEA, the teams are making a long-term commitment to be here, playing for the fans, for the indefinite future." said Jack Etienne, CEO of Cloud9.

"It's time for leagues to share the rewards and strategic decisions with the players, and the best way for team organizations to do that is for us to do it ourselves. The PEA is a vehicle for us to work shoulder-to-shoulder with the players, doing what we all love." said Andy Dinh, CEO of TSM.

"Publisher leagues and third-party tournament organizers aren't sharing profits with the players and teams. This is hindering the potential for eSports to rival other professional sports leagues, where players and teams are all aligned to put on the best show year after year." said Steve Arhancet, co-CEO of Team Liquid.

BenjaCS is a staff writer at HLTV.org and can be found on Twitter.

#3
nylon | 
Greenland Kaizy 
ez money
2016-09-08 20:52
wow
2016-09-08 20:52
gg
2016-09-08 20:52
#7
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Czech Republic ljukeN 
gg
2016-09-08 20:52
#8
Spain Attar 
nice
2016-09-08 20:53
xd
2016-09-08 20:52
#10
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Andorra KOVALSKII 
nice news!
2016-09-08 20:52
nice
2016-09-08 20:52
#12
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Sweden alizi 
n1
2016-09-08 20:52
#14
Norway exzu 
Wow
2016-09-08 20:52
n1
2016-09-08 20:52
Huge bomb by PEA!
2016-09-08 20:52
1m lul
2016-09-08 20:52
ez
2016-09-08 20:52
Ez for ence
2016-09-08 20:52
#22
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World DopphMe0w 
wow
2016-09-08 20:52
1
2016-09-08 20:52
damn
2016-09-08 20:52
#26
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Czech Republic Czech_Guy 
lul
2016-09-08 20:52
great stuff
2016-09-08 20:52
#29
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Turkey OdinA 
go dp go
2016-09-08 20:52
n1
2016-09-08 20:52
#31
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Europe Predatorino 
aaaand another one
2016-09-08 20:52
#32
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Germany ndr^ 
piss off... another online league zZzZzzZz
2016-09-08 20:52
NBA of cs. with the worst teams. wp.
2016-09-08 20:52
Name good teams please. VP? NaVi? HR? Godsent? EnVyUs? What a joke...
2016-09-09 00:07
So now a team like NaVi is bad cus of ONE upset. Damn. They still sit on NA. Even HR
2016-09-09 05:02
rofl really a new online league ?
2016-09-08 20:54
NA CS EleGiggle
2016-09-08 20:54
Lul come to me when Eu Cs can reach the finals of a major
2016-09-08 23:01
stupid b8 is stupid
2016-09-08 23:11
damn
2016-09-08 20:54
Sigh, fuck off with these federations please.
2016-09-08 20:54
change name to immad xdxd
2016-09-08 20:55
+1
2016-09-08 23:31
Verymad - HLTV.org
2016-09-08 20:59
100% of these sort of things are organization cash grabs and attempts at exclusivity. Esports operates best when those third parties are able to set their own tempo and prices for their expansion. Being forced to keep up with TV money and corporate buy-ins is what makes leagues die like they say they are. Not because the leagues and events themselves are inherently fleeting. The only thing I'd want to see is a primary production and event set up branch that operates independently of any organizer, league or sanctioning body for whom the services of can be bought by anyone wanting to standardize the production and appearance of a CS event. Right now we have huge jumps in production quality, value and consistency between even 100k and 250k events and that's extremely off putting to sponsors and interests when the thing they're buying into looks fantastic one week and like total trash the next.
2016-09-08 21:02
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f0rest | 
Serbia dankooo 
Raported
2016-09-08 21:59
#81
FalleN | 
World Vechnyp 
dont give me this attitude joris
2016-09-08 22:23
+1
2016-09-08 22:53
no optic :/
2016-09-08 20:55
ez PEAz
2016-09-08 20:55
.......
2016-09-08 20:55
Noone wants to see 10 week leagues, noone especially wants see leagues with NA teams. Tournaments where you have complete newcomers, upsets, storylines etc is what entices viewers. Like Cyberzen and Tyloo etc.
2016-09-08 20:57
Hey, remember how that exclusive league failed? Yeah let's try that again.
2016-09-08 20:58
#50
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Denmark Arize 
Well when u can't get out of groups at ELEAGUE, u need to make ur own league I guess...
2016-09-08 21:00
NA orgs making a peatition. Unexpected.
2016-09-08 21:03
they should try to make a league like NHL for CS 82 games a season a trade deadline a Draft event etc. Kappa
2016-09-08 21:05
"The organization will be unique as the players will get 50% of the share while the other half goes to the owners." What owners? The team organizations or what?
2016-09-08 21:06
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Brazil chococaine 
owners of the teams
2016-09-08 22:00
yeah, thats the orgas. Why can't the orgas make deals with their players instead? Why do the event organizers care how the money is split between players/owners?
2016-09-08 22:20
thats what ur worried about from all this?
2016-09-09 08:36
No I just dont get it
2016-09-09 12:32
They're talking about profits from the league; event tickets, merchandise, sponsorship money etc. Not just the winnings from placement. That's the difference. Right now ESL etc. are taking in all of the profits and giving a relatively paltry reward in return.
2016-09-09 12:43
Oh okay, that's why I thought it was weird. Now I get it. Anyways it's bad news, but hopefully this will also fail, just like all the other attempts at monopolizing have done. Or in a way most of the scene is already owned by MTG, so it's kinda monopolized already.
2016-09-09 15:45
Honestly, the idea itself is much better than the current system. Like the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL etc., the players are the product here. Without them, none of these businesses exist and none of them make any money. So sharing that money with them makes sense. None of these companies are going to come out and say, "You know, we've been making millions off of you while offering almost nothing in return for years and we feel bad. Let's work out a CBA and do this right." So at some point, the players and org's are going to take it upon themselves to change things. The problem is simply that the org's are stupid, the players are stupid, and apparently can't all come to an agreement as a single entity. And so instead of improving the situation, we get these half assed attempts at legitimizing eSports which fail time and again... But eventually, someone will get it right. It's simply a matter of time.
2016-09-09 16:01
No it's shit. The market needs to be more free than that. We don't want one big corporation owinng the whole scene, like in league of legends.
2016-09-09 16:01
Who said anything about a big corporation owning everything? You're missing the point entirely. That's where we are now. That's not what this is, or what it is trying to be.
2016-09-09 16:02
That would be the result of this if it succeeds.
2016-09-09 16:03
No, it wouldn't. This isn't a corporation, it's an organization/association. It's obvious you don't know the difference, so figure that out and come back if you want to have an intelligent discussion about free markets, profit sharing and collective bargaining.
2016-09-09 16:05
Great news!
2016-09-08 21:09
#58
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Brazil ;---) 
petitions incoming
2016-09-08 21:09
#60
United States y0rk 
hoping for the best. I'd really like to see this be a success.
2016-09-08 21:13
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Germany JETLECK 
Finally NA teams will win a big event
2016-09-08 21:16
nt immortals
2016-09-08 21:17
We don't need more leagues
2016-09-08 21:17
Nba of cs can only be in sweden. Gl anyway
2016-09-08 21:17
NA cant win a thing, so they have to make their own "NBA"... what a joke
2016-09-08 21:18
this
2016-09-10 18:59
awful news
2016-09-08 21:20
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France StickyRice 
Fck NA organizing their own league because they are too bad to beat worldwide teams.
2016-09-08 21:20
NA CS NBA OF CS LUL
2016-09-08 21:33
Fck Americans try to ruin everything just for money
2016-09-08 21:58
Lol, as if Euros aren't trying to do the same.
2016-09-08 22:00
Wonder if all these competing associations will just start a race to the bottom that will either end up crippling growth locally or worldwide. Once any association starts to outgrow the other at a faster pace, the latter will probably sell out to the bigger org, leaving us with some type of localized monopolies. Or even worse, a universal league with no competition. Leagues like E-League and ESL are already starting to add non-compete clauses to their employees contracts.
2016-09-08 22:07
Great, moar tournaments
2016-09-08 22:23
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FalleN | 
World Vechnyp 
lets just make huge jail for top100 teams so that it would be impossible to get out of tier4 unless you are hired by top teams
2016-09-08 22:24
#103
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Brazil chococaine 
even if you are a top team, if ur org doenst have ties with the best na teams you will be out (sk)
2016-09-09 04:03
exclusivity cough cough
2016-09-08 22:26
Yeah lets make 200more Associations don't do a worldwide Assoziation like IIHF for IceHockey or FIFA for soccer lets do all our own piece oft shit association to compete against each other... esport will never be worldwide Seen as "sports" because of 200 different leagues with 200 different rules....
2016-09-08 22:47
money
2016-09-08 23:28
needs more SK
2016-09-08 23:32
Why the NBA? That's a bad deal to aim for. Say PGA, NFL, NHL or MLB instead. #NABrains
2016-09-08 23:44
#95
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United Kingdom Benpgr1 
T S M
2016-09-09 00:16
Esports WILL NEVER BE LIKE REAL SPORTS. REAL SPORTS DONT CHANGE THEIR GAME EVERY FEW YEARS TO APPEASE THE NEWEST GENERATION OF NEWFEGS. Let it go. Its a totally different business model. Use soccer for instance. Does soccer have updates tp its game every few months? Changing rules? Does someone invent a new soccer game every few years? STOP TRYING TO MAKE ESPORTS LIKE REAL SPORTS JUST LET ESPORTS DO ITS OWN THING.
2016-09-09 00:28
Well, actually, football does change some rules every year. This year for example there was a fuckload of new rules announced. Saying that, I do agree with you that esports shouldn't try to be real sports. It isn't, and never will be.
2016-09-09 10:53
Wants to become like the NBA but doesn't have Renegades or Echo Fox......
2016-09-09 03:48
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Interesting...
2016-09-09 03:53
#102
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Brazil chococaine 
so a bunch of owners make a league where only their teams can play? LUL
2016-09-09 04:01
i need to go pee now
2016-09-09 04:07
this is insane, all these players are going to be millionaires in a few years...
2016-09-09 08:33
#121
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United States LeafyIsHere 
What happened? Is this still happening?
2016-12-06 17:15
#110
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Sweden lagcats 
that's gucci
2016-09-09 12:35
#119
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United States LeafyIsHere 
Yo what ever happened to this????
2016-12-06 17:09
quarter final face tier 9 mouz
2016-12-06 17:10
#122
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United States LeafyIsHere 
I won't stop bumping this until I get an answer!!!!!
2016-12-06 17:30
NBA of esports lol k. Would rather it be American Football of esports or Futbol of esports.
2016-12-06 17:33
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