Richard Lewis: CSPPA Respond To Leaked Details Of Flashpoint Partnership

Published: 1/Jul/2020 17:54 Updated: 2/Jul/2020 13:04

by Richard Lewis


Last week Dexerto published leaked documents from the Counter-Strike Professional Players Association (CSPPA) that detailed how they would be entering into an agreement with the newly formed Flashpoint League.

The documents detailed the conditions expected from the players in exchange for their participation in the league, including the league paying for an insurance plan in the case of a player suddenly having to retire for health reasons. In addition to this, the document also stated that the CSPPA and the league would enter into a financial agreement that would see an undisclosed sum of money annually paid by Flashpoint to the CSPPA for operational costs.

While it was publicly available knowledge that the CSPPA had entered into similar agreements with the MTG owned properties of ESL and DreamHack, without any details of the amounts paid being known, it raised questions as to whether certain leagues might be shown favoritism by the CSPPA. Multiple sources from within the CSPPA had also shared that they were not asked to vote on this agreement.

We sent questions about these concerns to the CSPPA who sent us the following response from their player representation. Jonathan ‘EliGE’ Jablonowski, Co-chairman of the CSPPA board, offered the following statement on behalf of the CSPPA board of players:

“The document mentioned in the article is a confidential internal summary sent to the CSPPA membership in confidence. Public disclosure of the contents of the agreement will require the involvement of B Site. In case such involvement is given the CSPPA is open to providing further information. The CSPPA enters into collective agreements with tournament organizers and teams in order to improve working conditions for players. This is a key part of the work that the CSPPA does. Such collective agreements are in line with similar collective agreements entered into by players’ associations in sport across the world. In the US such collective agreements between a league/teams and a players’ association are actually required by to meet standards of anti-trust laws and labor laws in many cases depending on the setup of the league.”

Jablonowski currently serves as Co-Chairman for the Counter-Strike Professional Players Association (CSPPA).

Addressing the issue of membership voting, Jablonowski added the following:

“Any decisions on matters such as collective agreements are made by the CSPPA board of players after consulting with the membership in accordance with the CSPPA Articles of Association. The CSPPA engage with the membership on a daily basis. During the past year we have had multiple calls and in-person meetings with the players of more than 40 different teams. In addition, we have set up a group of currently 51 “player representatives” (which we are expanding) who are tasked with giving input to the CSPPA on behalf of themselves and their teammates and be involved in all areas of the work that the CSPPA does. With regards to certain tournaments the CSPPA has also set up player representative groups with players from each team competing in the tournament in order to handle any issues that might arise in a specific tournament. This is how the CSPPA involves the membership on a day to day basis including regarding issues of collective bargaining. I can tell you that we have a lot of discussions with our membership before we players in the board decides to enter into an agreement.”

Speaking in regards to the amount of money received by the CSPPA, board member Epitacio ‘TACO’ Pessoa stated: 

“Regarding funding we are not able to comment on this specifically. However license agreements between a players’ association and a league/teams are common practice in players’ associations across the world. In fact, it is how most of the big players’ associations are operating today, e.g. NFLPA or MLBPA. None of the tournament organizers who have entered into an agreement with us has any say in how the CSPPA spends its funds or operates. It is entirely up to the CSPPA board and ultimately the CSPPA membership to decide. Any funds will be spend in accordance with the overall purpose of the CSPPA which is to improve conditions for players in professional CS:GO. I can confirm that I have been a CSPPA player representative along with Adam “friberg” Friberg in the Flashpoint Board of Governors since before season 1 of Flashpoint. I am very happy to be able to represent the players in this role.”

While these answers managed to circumnavigate the specifics of the deals in place it also seems to make clear that voting on each deal isn’t necessarily how the organization operates, despite member expectations. It also seems likely that, moving forward, leagues and tournaments that aren’t willing to enter into these agreements with the CSPPA could find themselves unable to attract big name teams to their tournaments as a result of the standards set by partners competitions.


How to watch IEM Global Challenge 2020: stream, teams, schedule

Published: 3/Dec/2020 1:52

by Andrew Amos


CS:GO is back on LAN, baby. The IEM Global Challenge 2020 marks the long-awaited return to offline events, and we’ve got all you need to know about the huge eight-team tournament right here.

CS:GO hasn’t had a big LAN since the IEM Katowice Major back in February 2020. The Rio Major was postponed again and again, before inevitably being cancelled due to the current global situation.

However, after months of waiting, a safe LAN is now on the menu, and it feels like Counter-Strike is back. The IEM Global Challenge features eight of the best teams from NA and Europe, duking it out over a huge $500,000 prize pool.

If you were doubting the results of the online era, and want to define a true champion of CS:GO in 2020 on LAN, this is one event you won’t want to miss.

IEM Global Challenge 2020 stream

The IEM Global Challenge 2020 will be streamed live on the ESL CS:GO Twitch channel. We’ve embedded the stream below for your convenience.

IEM Global Challenge 2020 teams

Eight teams from across the globe have descended on Europe for the IEM Global Challenge 2020. While there won’t be any crowds, the promise of LAN action is tantalizing enough for most fans watching along at home.

The usual suspects have climbed their way to the top, including world number one Vitality, 2020 breakout stars Heroic, and four-time Major winners Astralis.

That doesn’t mean there’s not new talent to keep your eyes out for. FURIA has had a stellar 2020 over in North America, and will be looking to prove that Brazilians have a team to rally behind come 2021. Chaos will also be looking to go out with a bang, after the organization announced they will be pulling out of CS:GO after the event.

Group A Group B
Team Vitality Heroic
Complexity FURIA
Astralis Natus Vincere
Chaos Team Liquid

IEM Global Challenge 2020 schedule & results

Tuesday, December 15

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A Opening Match Chaos vs Vitality 3am 6am 11am
Group A Opening Match Astralis vs Complexity 6:30am 9:30am 2:30pm
Group B Opening Match Na’Vi vs FURIA 10am 1pm 6pm

Wednesday, December 16

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group B Opening Match Liquid vs Heroic 3am 6am 11am
Group A Elimination Match TBD vs TBD 6:30am 9:30am 2:30pm
Group A Winners’ Match TBD vs TBD 10am 1pm 6pm

Thursday, December 17

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group B Elimination Match TBD vs TBD 7am 10am 3pm
Group B Winners’ Match TBD vs TBD 10:30am 1:30pm 6:30pm

Friday, December 18

Group Game PT ET GMT
Group A Decider Match TBD vs TBD 7am 10am 3pm
Group B Decider Match TBD vs TBD 10:30am 1:30pm 6:30pm

Saturday, December 19

Match Game PT ET GMT
Semifinal 1 TBD vs TBD 6:30am 9:30am 2:30pm
Semifinal 2 TBD vs TBD 10am 1pm 6pm

Sunday, December 20

Match Game PT ET GMT
Grand Final TBD vs TBD 8am 11am 4pm

IEM Global Challenge 2020 final placements

Placement Team Prize Money (USD) BLAST Points
1 TBD $200,000 3000
2 TBD $100,000 1500
3-4 TBD $50,000 938
3-4 TBD $50,000 938
5-6 TBD $30,000 375
5-6 TBD $30,000 375
7-8 TBD $20,000 188
7-8 TBD $20,000 188