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Archive • Mar 13, 2018

Established Overwatch and CS:GO Players Associations Could be Just Around the Corner

Established players associations for both Overwatch and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive could be just around the corner, according to a report from Sports Business Daily. With esports continuing to grow on a daily basis, the need for players associations becomes ever greater.

Fans of CS:GO will know that certain members of the community, like Richard Lewis, have been crying out for better representation for professional players for a number of years now, and it would seem that members of the Overwatch community are feeling the same way. Luckily for players of both of these major esports titles, it looks like such representation could be just around the corner as the likes of Scott ‘SirScoots’ Smith and Thomas ‘Morte’ Kerbusch are working tirelessly to make them a reality. SirScoots, a veteran of the esports industry and just about as close as you can get to Counter-Strike royalty, has been openly working to create a CS:GO players association named the Counter-Strike Professional Players Association (CSPPA) ever since he was asked to help players in a dispute with the PEA in 2016).

Morte, a former player and current coach in Overwatch, is looking to form a players union similar to that seen in the NFL but the exact details are currently uncertain. In an interview with Sports Business Daily, Kerbusch said:  
In four months we want to have a press release out with everything, like how many players are represented, and we are looking for the association to be set up legally
  SirScoots seems to be much closer to making things official, though:  
Every day I sign another guy I would say 70 or so have signed an official membership document that they are for the players association, are behind the players association, they want to be in the players association.

  The rapid growth of esports in recent years has sometimes meant that the standards of living, wages, and more, for players have been significantly below par. With CS:GO featuring one of the largest open circuits of any game and Overwatch now being almost entirely focused on the OWL and franchised teams, the esports landscape for both games could not be more different. However, the needs of the players in both games are still a priority, and the tireless work of people like SirScoots and Morte could make all the difference.