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CSPPA “disappointed” with ESL over Pro League invite dispute

Published: 28/Jan/2020 0:41

by Andrew Amos


The Counter-Strike Professional Players Association (CSPPA) has issued a statement expressing their disappointment over a lack of communication about ESL Pro League changes, stating they “will do everything in their power” to push for more “inclusivity.”

Tournament organizer (TO) ESL has been pushed into the spotlight over the last week after their ESL Pro League team announcement on January 24.

The planned 48-team league was cut down to 24, with teams who had qualified expecting to receive a slot being told they would be relegated back into the second-tier Mountain Dew League.

Players and pundits alike were awaiting a statement from the CSPPA, in response, with the player’s union finally sharing their thoughts on January 27, hours before ESL issued their own apology.

The CSPPA is made up of some of Counter-Strike’s most respected pro players.

In a statement, the CSPPA board, which features Astralis’ Andreas ‘Xyp9x’ Højsleth, mousesports’ Chris ‘chrisJ’ de Jong, and Team Liquid’s Jonathan ‘EliGE’ Jablonowski, mentioned that ESL’s handling of the situation went directly against the union’s mission.

“CSPPA pursues collective agreements with TOs who consider the pro players an equal negotiation partner and who are willing to negotiate real rights and influence for players with respect to its leagues,” they said.

While they try to bargain for the best possible conditions, the union admitted they don’t wager enough influence to change business decisions from within TOs.

“However, there are business decisions and commercial aspects of such leagues which the CSPPA can’t dictate,” they said. “This included the number of participants in a TO’s league, the composition of teams, the way in which the TO enters teams into its league, and the way in which the TO handles communication in this respect.”

Regardless, the CSPPA, who has registered over 100 player-members since starting up in 2018, expressed their disappointment with ESL’s handling of the shrinking of Pro League.

“We are disappointed with the way ESL has handled their communication of the EPL changes,” they said. “We have been working hard to keep the leagues and tournaments as open as possible, and…will continue to do our utmost to ensure that the affected players will have the best possible opportunities to qualify for EPL and other leagues.

“The CSPPA will do everything in its power — now and in the future — to push for such leagues to be as open and inclusive as possible to allow for CSPPA members from all tiers and regions to participate.”

The union also pledged that they weren’t just bargaining for the players, but also the entire CSGO community, and asked fans to be patient as they build a better future for the game’s professional scene.

“[We] ask the community to trust that we do work tirelessly to improve the working conditions of professional players within the commercial realities of the current CS:GO ecosystem in a fair and balanced manner which will elevate professional CS:GO for all stakeholders involved, including fans.”

The CSPPA statement came just hours before ESL issued their own apology, with Senior Vice President Ulrich Schulze stating the TO “got it wrong by not letting affected teams know further in advance that significant changes were coming.”

The ESL Pro League is one of three franchised CS:GO leagues starting in 2020. FACEIT and BLAST have launched competitors in the B Site League and BLAST Premier respectively, with the latter expected to kick off on January 31 in London.


S1mple banned again on Twitch for fourth time over “aggression”

Published: 30/Oct/2020 22:28

by Bill Cooney


CS:GO star Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev has apparently been banned again on Twitch, for his fourth time in total on the platform.

The Ukrainian is the star of Natus Vincere’s CSGO squad and generally considered one of the best CS:GO players in the entire world, but even that isn’t enough to save you from the wrath of Twitch mods.

S1mple is no stranger to temporary bans from the site, and it seems he added to his tally again on Oct. 30, with his channel being taken offline out of nowhere.

It seems that like in the past, the pro has once again been banned for using a slur while streaming, but this latest episode isn’t quite like the others.

Shortly after news of the ban dropped, s1mple Tweeted that he was banned for using a Russian slur, but he claims he only said it because he was upset with another player for saying it on his stream.

“It’s funny that I get banned for aggression towards a person that says the word “Pidor” and specifically tries to ban me on the platform,” he wrote. “I try to condemn him for this and say the forbidden word because I have a negative attitude towards it (because of rules).”

While s1mple filled fans in on why he was banned, he didn’t mention how long he would be off of the platform for. Looking at his past infractions though, and it’s safe to say he’s probably looking at a 7-day break, at the very least.

The site has been known to ban repeat offenders for longer if they continue to get in hot water for the same thing, but considering how big of a name s1mple is and the circumstances surrounding this particular incident, it’s hard to say.

A good number of his fans noted that Twitch was quick to ban the Na’Vi pro after he slipped up, but still haven’t taken action against any one of the countless channels that rebroadcast s1mple’s streams to try and steal viewers.

Still, the pro doesn’t seem so much bothered by the ban as he does annoyed, which makes sense because he doesn’t really need to stream so to speak, considering all the money he’s made playing CS:GO professionally. That doesn’t really help his fans though, who will have to find someone else to watch while they wait for his return.