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Misfits and Dignitas join the Professional Esports Association

Misfits and Dignitas joined the Professional Esports Association, the PEA announced Thursday.
Misfits and Dignitas joined the Professional Esports Association, the PEA announced Thursday.

Dignitas and Misfits joined the Professional Esports Association, the organization announced Thursday.

The PEA announced the additions on Twitter. Misfits has teams in League of Legends, Counter-Strike, Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm. It also has players in Super Smash Bros and Hearthstone and recently received the backing of professional basketball team Miami Heat.

Dignitas was acquired by the Philadelphia 76ers last summer and has teams in League of Legends, Counter-Strike (men and women), Heroes of the Storm and Smite. With the two new additions, the PEA now contains nine members: Team SoloMid, Cloud9, Team Liquid, Counter Logic Gaming, Immortals, NRG Esports, and Complexity.

“Dignitas is honored to join the existing PEA franchises in an effort to collectively work with publishers, players, the community, sponsors and media to further the development of the North American esports ecosystem,” Dignitas CEO Jonathan Kemp said in a statement.

The new additions come after a tumultuous year for the association. After forming in September as a collective of North American esports organizations — four months after a handful of European orgs formed the World Esports Association — PEA planned to operate its own online Counter-Strike league. Those plans went awry in part because PEA planned to outlaw its Counter Strike: Global Offensive teams from playing in Season 5 of the ESL Pro League so they could play the PEA league. The players then voted to play in the ESL Pro League over the PEA League, which resulted in the association suspending its plans in Counter-Strike.

According to a report from Richard Lewis, Blizzard denied PEA an Overwatch license for a potential PEA Overwatch league. PEA Commissioner Jason Katz stepped down in February.

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