The Professional eSports Association has announced that it will suspend plans to operate a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive league.
UPDATE: Scott “SirScoots” Smith has posted a longer statement on Medium explaining why teams have voted to compete in EPL instead of the PEA league.
Forbes has revealed the 2017 lists for its annual 30 Under 30 feature. This year’s Gaming category features several esports names.
TSM owner Reginald has opened up about the controversy in an interview. The founder and owner of esports organization Team SoloMid has opened up about the dismissal of its former Counter-Strike player Sean Gares, the Professional eSports Association (PEA) controversy, and more. Reginald spoke with interviewer Duncan “Thorin” Shields in an episode of Talk to Thorin, which is a regular series focused on “specific topics and topical matters” in esports.
As soon as stanislaw completed the roster, however, OpTic made solid top six finishes at ESL One New York and ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals. Following a last place exit at DreamHack Winter, the team stormed through ELEAGUE to win the championship and placed second at ECS Season 2 Finals. While Cloud9’s in-game leader Jake “Stewie2K” Yip might be a fan-favorite over autimatic, it is unquestionable that the addition of the latter is what allowed Cloud9 to become a top team.
UPDATE (1PM PT): WESA has posted a statement on TwitLonger alleging that PEA’s open letter is “wrong on many accounts.”
The Professional eSports Association will launch in January, 2017. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players from North American professional gaming organizations Cloud9, Team SoloMid, Counter Logic Gaming, Immortals, and Team Liquid have published an open letter to the Professional eSports Association. The letter addresses concerns that the teams, as members of PEA, will be prevented from competing in the ESL Pro League by way of a vote controlled by both the organization and team owners, despite early reassurances that such restrictions would not be put in place.
Axe invites Yahoo Esports to interview a few sponsored players. Zorine Te visits Jake “Stewie2k“ Yip at the Cloud9 house and they discuss in game leading, the future of CS becoming more mainstream in 2017, and the state of North American CS while at an event hosted by AXE Hair. For more in-depth coverage of competitive gaming, visit Yahoo Esports .