PEA launched in September and is comprised of seven North American organizations including Team SoloMid, Team Liquid, Cloud9, Counter Logic Gaming, Immortals, NRG Esports and compLexity Gaming. The association promises a 50 percent share of profits and provides financial benefits to the players as members of their respective teams. PEA’s announcement followed the formation of WESA, which is comprised of Fnatic, Natus Vincere, EnVyUs, Virtus.pro, G2, mousesports and Ninjas in Pyjamas, in May.
As is the case within competitors PEA has always been at loggerheads with ESL, especially since ESL has not been a participant in the Association.It has been learnt that PEA will not be allowing its member teams and plaeyrs to participate in the ESL Pro League. This is seen as a retaliation and a consideration move by PEA.
Players and teams are however concerned about this move especially since PEA does not have any experience in organising tournaments and leagues. It is hoped that the matter is solved amicably and in a way that is mutually beneficial to the parties concerned.
If players attempted to play the next season of the ESL Pro League, which begins in February, it would result in a breach of contract with their organizations