ESL, DreamHack sign framework agreement with CSPPA for ESL Pro Tour

ESL, DreamHack and the Counter-Strike Professional Players' Association (CSPPA) have reached an agreement for the participation framework for players competing in the ESL Pro Tour.

The agreement, described by all parties involved as the first of its kind in esports, is modeled after similar deals in traditional sports and represents "a group effort to ensure continued growth and professionalization for competitive CS:GO in a way that accounts for the needs of players as well as tournament organizers."

The partnership between CSPPA and the two MTG-owned tournament organisers is effective immediately and will cover all competitions in the ESL Pro Tour, a new global circuit that will be launched by ESL and DreamHack later this month and will combine over 20 events and more than $5 million in prize money.

The CSPPA will cooperate with ESL and DreamHack on several matters concerning the ESL Pro Tour including the governance of the event circuit, player rights, tournament conditions, and the summer and winter breaks. The agreement also paves the way for future cooperation between all parties in terms of player contracts, player intellectual property rights, and potential joint projects further down the road.

"The life of a professional CS:GO player revolves around tournament participation all over the world," Mads Øland, CEO of the CSPPA, said in a statement. "This makes the working conditions of players in connection with tournaments a key priority of the CSPPA.

"In the current tournament landscape, ESL sets the industry standard for such working conditions and with this partnership, ESL has committed to maintaining and developing such standards in close cooperation with the CSPPA.

"The agreement solidifies the working partnership between CSPPA, ESL and DreamHack, and establishes the best possible basis for us to work together on elevating professional CS:GO to the benefit of all stakeholders involved and for the players to deliver a performance which meets the highest standards demanded by the global CS:GO community and the game and its 20-year legacy."

The CSPPA was launched in 2018 by Scott "SirScoots" Smith in collaboration with the Danish Elite Athletes Association, an organization that operates as a union for sports athletes in Denmark. Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth, Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski and Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt are some of the members on the association's board of players, with Sean "seang@res" Gares having been named advisor in August 2019.

ESL has remained tight-lipped on the scope and scale of changes that will be implemented in the ESL Pro League in 2020. According to a recent report from DBLTAP, it will meet with "at least 13 teams" next week in an effort to convince them to commit to the Pro League, at a time when several North American organisations are reportedly attempting to launch their own project, tentatively called 'B Site', with a $2 million entry fee.

The ESL Pro Tour will start next week with the DreamHack Open event in Leipzig, where eight teams, including Virtus.pro, Cloud9 and MAD Lions, will square off for their share of a $100,000 prize pool.

France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1667
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1209
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
United States Scott 'SirScoots' Smith
Scott 'SirScoots' Smith
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
APR:
0.00
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1605
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
United States Sean 'seang@res' Gares
Sean 'seang@res' Gares
Age:
31
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
713
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
#1
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Germany Bundeskanzler 
very good
2020-01-16 15:31
csppa boycott blast events next pls
2020-01-16 16:04
#35
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Finland J3bediah 
+1
2020-01-16 19:33
Nice
2020-01-16 15:31
#5
broky | 
Other Insight69 
Awesome
2020-01-16 15:32
very nice mens
2020-01-16 15:32
#7
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Poland Lukovsky 
first paragraph and I can already smell bullshido
2020-01-16 15:32
Hard to tell without specifics but most esports, especially Overwatch, have major issues with treating players like cattle rather than people, and the players have no representation to confront it.
2020-01-16 15:50
#31
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Denmark nrth_LUL 
+1 I feel like this is cover up so esl can try to make yet another exclusivity league.
2020-01-16 17:06
Great
2020-01-16 15:33
#9
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Turkey TheCSW 
wow incredible
2020-01-16 15:34
RIP NA LEAGUE OMEGALUL
2020-01-16 15:34
#11
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Sweden fnatic_flusha 
seems fishy towards other organisations
2020-01-16 15:35
#14
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Poland LiquidWater 
No it doesn't. CSPPA makes sure its all fair for everyone.
2020-01-16 15:39
#15
keev | 
Germany _PH1L 
Better than making a blast pro series
2020-01-16 15:39
since before
2020-01-17 05:17
#12
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Russia ToughGuy 
W OMEGALUL W
2020-01-16 15:36
NBK pogchamp :o
2020-01-16 15:36
#19
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United States hobbitender 
Cool and good
2020-01-16 16:05
#20
JW | 
Sweden Hasklon 
Good job SirScoots!
2020-01-16 16:06
Who Cars
2020-01-16 16:08
tl;dr?
2020-01-16 16:15
csppa and esl agreed that they should have a schedule that allows for rest and all that basically treating players as people instead of cattle
2020-01-16 16:23
thanks a lot
2020-01-16 16:26
np
2020-01-16 16:26
#27
mo | 
Russia BaiTeT 
Ty
2020-01-16 16:29
#23
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Albania Number1awper 
who cars
2020-01-16 16:16
ESL >>> Blast
2020-01-16 16:52
Why people should pay 2 million entry fee when the best tournaments are free... Also NA league without EU teams would be the most useless shit in history. Any org that join that crap are banned in my mind and get only hate
2020-01-16 16:58
#32
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Denmark nrth_LUL 
Because if your team is shit and can't qualify or get invites then you need this ponzi--- I mean franchise league so your team actually gets to play. imo it reeks of bullshit scam 16 orgs out of 2 million make prize pool 20 million all production expenses 2 million then pocket the remaining 10 million. Franchise leagues are dumb and we don't need them in CS.
2020-01-16 17:10
My team? What is my team? Haha Franchise only work in NA cuz people have no clue what competition means. But a whole contradiction how the society see competition. Competition everywhere but in sports? Please always shit teams. But in csgo the thing is EU rules in the competition. Even liquid is an EU clan. So it is waste. No one wanna see a league with tier 3 teams. I guess not even NA people
2020-01-16 17:41
#30
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Denmark nrth_LUL 
CSGO DEAD SOON RIP
2020-01-16 17:04
#38
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Italy e2d 
Why?
2020-01-16 21:42
#34
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
expected
2020-01-16 17:52
#36
PeeP | 
United States Den422 
Good but I hope there is still a lot of CS tournaments every month, cant stand breaks lmaoo
2020-01-16 20:56
#39
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CIS Crawl3r 
2020 is going to be huge
2020-01-17 00:34
nice
2020-01-17 00:50
Right, nevertheless
2020-01-17 08:00
segregation and exclusivity , just wonderful, sounds so beautiful right...
2020-01-17 09:48
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