In a monumental moment for Counter-Strike esports, the Counter-Strike Professional Players’ Association (CSPPA) has been officially announced via HLTV. With the topic being hotly discussed for years, a players association had been in the works for some time and earlier this year one was started by Scott “SirScoots” Smith alongside a group of players led by Andreas“Xyp9x” Højsleth and the “Danish Elite Athletes Association.”
The association currently sits around 90 players strong with seven players electing to form a board and go public with the organization. These seven players will be tasked with being the voice of the group and making decisions deemed best for the masses.
The seven players making up the founding board of the Counter-Strike Professional Players’ Association are:
Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth
Epitacio “TACO” de Melo
Tarik “tarik” Celik
Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski
Jordan “n0thing” Gilbert
Chris “chrisJ” de Jong
Nathan “NBK-“ Schmitt
According to the announcement, any player who is currently contracted or seeking a contract at the professional level and competes at the elite level is eligible for membership in the CSPPA.
Michael Døi and Mads Øland will handle the associations daily operations. Døi is a legal advisor while Øland servers as CEO of the Danish Elite Athletes Association. Members of the CSPPA have to confirm the existing board or elect a new one within the first year of operation.
According to HLTV, Døi stated the organization seeks to “become the collective voice of the players in CS:GO and an important stakeholder in the industry.”
“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,” Døi added.
“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.”
Øland is experienced in running similar unions as well as international associations. The pieces are all there for this long-awaited association to be the voice of the players and work to ensure the best possible conditions.
Time for some long talks between tournament organizers and the board.