Xyp9x, EliGE take on leadership roles in CSPPA
The news of the election was revealed in a press release published by the CSPPA, which added that the seven members of the board of players took part in the voting process.
Additionally, Mads Øland has been named the CEO of the CSPPA after working for the association for a year on a part-time, voluntary basis, while Michael Døi has been hired as COO. The appointment of Mr. Øland as CEO comes just days after he resigned as Director of the Danish Football Players’ Association, a position he had held for 23 years.
Xyp9x was heavily involved in the creation of the CSPPA in 2018 together with community figure Scott "SirScoots" Smith. Last week, the association made headlines after it reached an agreement with ESL and DreamHack for the participation of players in the ESL Pro Tour, the new global event circuit that will launch later this week at DreamHack Open Leipzig.
“I am very honored to have been chosen by my colleagues on the CSPPA board as the Chairman of the board," Xyp9x said in a statement.
"Excited to take on the tasks of helping that kid signing his first contract as well as making structural changes that benefit the players and the ecosystem of CS:GO as a whole."
Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt, Tarik "tarik" Celik, Epitacio "TACO" de Melo, Chris "chrisJ" de Jong and Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert are the other members of the board of players, which has remained unaltered since the CSPPA was formed. In August 2019, Sean "seang@res" Gares was employed as a player advisor, while at the start of this year, Louise Kwang joined the team as an Executive Assistant.
The CSPPA was formed with the goal of becoming "the collective voice of the players in CS:GO and an important stakeholder in the industry". At the time of launch, the union had around 90 players, but the current number of members is unknown.