CSPPA： Scheduling a CS：GO Major After Break Was ‘Worst Possible Option’
The 15th Counter-Strike: Global Offensive?
The event is scheduled between Aug. 20 and Sept. 8, which sits at the tail-end of the typical season break for CS:GO players. Valve?
“In our meeting with Valve during the major in London we informed Valve that it is the view of the players that arranging a major immediately after a player break is the worst possible option,” Mads ?land, CEO of the CSPPA told The Esports Observer.
CS:GO is often seen as a “third-party friendly” esport. Tournament organizers are free to host large-scale tournaments, without a prize pool cap, with high flexibility in terms of format. Dota 2, another Valve title, offers a similar degree of freedom, however, the publisher still maps out the Major, Minors, and season-ending “The International” in a far more commanding way, compared to Counter-Strike.
While the respective publishers for League of Legends?
“After the announcement Valve told us, that they did not know when the player break for 2019 is. And that this is why they have not taken the break into account,” said ?land.
The current Major, the Intel?
“Most likely the players will have to have shorter, be forced to reschedule, or cancel any holiday plans at this point and delay the player break until after the major,” said Jordan “n0thing” Gilbert, a compLexity?
The CSPPA itself is a new force within esports. While several publisher-run leagues, such as the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) has established their own player unions, the CSSPA is entirely independent from Valve, having been formed under the drive of player’s rights advocate Scott “SirScoots” Smith, and the leadership of the Danish Elite Athletes Association.
“We would like to work with Valve on certain issues including the major schedule going forward,” said MIBR?
Although Valve itself does not operate any kind of league structure for Counter-Strike, several independent esports companies plan to introduce changes to their seasonal competitions. The ESL Pro League will go in-studio, while placing the competition over four weeks to make the in-person commitment more feasible. FACEIT?
“Many players have more travel days and days of competition than ever before at this point,” said TACO. “We do not necessarily believe that the changes are bad, but they do not solve the current issues.”