The Professional Esports Association has suspended its plans to operate a Counter-Strike league based on the vote of its players to play in the ESL Pro League, the organization announced Friday.
“We tried to put together a CS:GO league structure which was innovative and would allow players to help shape operations and execution,” PEA said in a statement. “This wasn’t our time and we’re looking forward to the future.”
The statement confirms Slingshot’s initial report from Wednesday’s vote, in which players from six PEA organizations voted unanimously to play in the ESL Pro League Season 5 instead of PEA’s league. PEA’s statement also outlined the financial differences for players in the ESL Pro League and a proposal for more revenue sharing that was only on the table if PEA did not run its own league.
According to PEA’s statement: “Since the time when conversations began between PEA and (the World Esports Association) about participation in EPL Season 5, WESA has significantly increased payouts for EPL. They raised their prize pool from $750,000 to $1,000,000 per season and recently offered to pay 10 (percent) of EPL gross revenue to non-WESA teams, half of which was promised to the seven PEA organizations and players. They say that this new revenue-sharing will be available only if the PEA organizations agree not to run a PEA CS:GO competition for two years and also commit to play in EPL for two years.”