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CSPPA looking to enter into partnership with Flashpoint League

Published: 22/Jun/2020 18:45 Updated: 22/Jun/2020 20:20

by Richard Lewis

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Documents leaked to Dexerto show that the Counter-Strike Professional Player’s Association (CSPPA) are in talks with the newly formed Flashpoint League, ran by the company B-Site, to form a three year partnership.

The agreement would see a number of protective measures implemented to ensure improved working conditions for players from partner teams.

It also contains details of a “separate commercial agreement” between both parties that would see Flashpoint providing an undisclosed amount of funding towards the CSPPA.

 

The agreement details the minimum amount of money guaranteed to each participating team as well as Flashpoint’s commitment to a prize pool of $2,000,000 for the next three years.

It also includes a clause that will see Flashpoint annually donate $1,000 per player to an insurance provider so that if a player needs to retire due to injury or health reasons, they will receive a payout at that time.

This is also reflected in other details of the agreement, including a concession that the CSPPA has input in when the Flashpoint events take place and how breaks are structured in order to ensure a reasonable work/life balance for players. This includes provisions to ensure events and commitments aren’t scheduled too close to other events on the calendar to ensure teams have ample rest between competitions.

 

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

Also included is an ”Event Minimum Standards” sheet that goes into great detail about what needs to be provided for players. This ranges from soundproof training rooms at the designated facility, food provisions for player lounges, minimum specifications for personal computer and desk set-ups, and guaranteed access to a physiotherapist if needed.

While this deal might look relatively benign it does raise certain questions around conflict of interest concerns. The CSPPA have entered into a similar deal with the MTG owned leagues ESL and DreamHack, although none of the specific details are publicly available. It isn’t clear if these deals are the same or if some leagues pay more than others.

A truncated version of the deal confirming this is available on the CSPPA website.

 

Additionally, we reached out to multiple CSPPA members and all stated that they had not been asked to vote on this agreement or consulted on it prior to the contracts being sent out.

We have reached out to the CSPPA to clarify these details, and will update the story accordingly when they respond.

An earlier version of this reported that details of agreements with other leagues were not publicly available. This has now been corrected.

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YNk steps down as FaZe Clan CSGO coach following NiKo’s exit

Published: 28/Oct/2020 19:19

by Alan Bernal

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Janko ‘YNk’ Paunović has stepped down as the head coach of FaZe Clan’s CSGO team following the transfer of Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač to G2 Esports.

YNk cited issues within the team and wanted to step aside as FaZe will be looking to build up their lineup again, which still features highly-talented players even with the exit of their Bosnian star.

“For a while now the team has been struggling with some recurring issues in and out of the game which I’ve done my best to try and amend but unfortunately without much success,” YNk said. “I feel that the best way to move forward is for the team and myself to part ways and, with NiKo going to G2, give the players and the organization the opportunity to get a new coach and IGL who can work on taking the team forward.”

The former MiBR and FaZe coach also indicated that he’s going to break from coaching CSGO for the rest of 2020, and left the next year open-ended.

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YNk has stepped down from FaZe after joining in early 2019.

A player and broadcaster before his coaching career, YNk leaves the org in the same month his team beat OG Esports 3-0 in the EU Intel Extreme Masters New York Online grand finals. Last week, they placed 9th at the DreamHack Open Fall 2020.

YNk has been with the team since the beginning of 2019. While they managed to put good results together at various BLAST events and some online tourneys in 2020, FaZe struggled to put up consistent performances against top teams.

YNk is stepping aside in a pivotal moment for FaZe Clan’s roster. Longtime face of the org’s CSGO team, Niko, has moved on from FaZe, and the coach will stand down to let them make something out of the stars still on roster like Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David, Håvard ‘rain’ Nygaard, Markus ‘Kjaerbye’ Kjærbye, and rising talent Helvijs ‘broky’ Saukants.

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YNk and NiKo both parted ways with FaZe Clan.

As more CSGO events and competitors continue to either migrate or revolve around EU, YNk could still have prospects in the competitive or broadcasting sides of the scene.

Once a team with superstar players in every role, FaZe is now on the market to fill up their roster to standard capacity, as the latest shakeups leave them without a fifth member and a head coach to take the reigns.