Counter-Strike Professional Players’ Association finally announced, board revealed | News
After years of discussion and speculation, a professional union for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has finally been announced. The Counter-Strike Professional Players’ Association (CSPPA), set up earlier this year by Scott “SirScoots” Smith, has arrived.
According to HLTV, around 90 professional CS:GO players have joined the association at this time, and the CSPPA is still in the process of reaching out in an attempt to recruit others. Seven players have formed the founding board, and while it will either be confirmed or changed completely within a year, here are the current members:
The daily operations for the union will be handled by legal adviser Michael Døi and Mads Øland, CEO of the Danish Elite Athletes Association. If players want to join the association then they must be contracted, or looking to enter a contract, that sees them as a professional CS:GO player.
Here’s what Døi had to say about the newly-announced initiative:
As any other players’ association, we will work to secure the best possible working conditions for players in CS:GO, while of course taking into account the special nature of the industry. In any sport, it makes sense that players can influence their employment conditions. There is certainly a huge difference in how CS:GO contracts are structured, and there will definitely be players that could benefit from guidance when signing them. Our goal is to represent the players in the best possible way and help the entire scene grow in a positive direction. We see a lot of possibilities for doing that.
The main purpose of the CSPPA is to help members with advice in legal matters, and assisting with signing contracts with organisations.