What is the ESL CSGO Pro League Council?
If done properly, the ESL CSGO Pro League Council can do a lot of good for the CSGO esports scene as a whole. This announcement came from the Commissioner’s Office of ESL and has been formed around Alex Inglot, and the 12 partner CSGO teams. If this all goes according to plan, it will give teams a voice, and a way to make their opinions heard on critical issues in the CSGO scene/ESL League. It can be so much more though. What have we learned about it?
The Beginning of The ESL Pro League Council
It’s nice to see something like this. If operated fairly, important decisions won’t come out of thin air. The ESL CSGO Pro League Council will also likely continue to evolve beyond this point. As the need for change arises, it should hopefully change with it. The council has already had their first meeting as well, and the purpose was to have each of the 12 teams select a council member to represent them. It had to be an “active player or coach”, though. That’s important. You want someone representing your team that is active and is abreast of current affairs.
The EPL Player Council President, and Team Liquid Coach, Jason “moses” O’Toole spoke about this announcement:
“I’m happy to be involved in this new Player Council along with my colleagues from around the ESL Pro League. I’ve had a tremendous amount of respect for these players and coaches throughout their careers and it’s awesome to work with them on this project. It’s clear that both players and tournament organizers feel there is value in improving the lines of communication between the two parties. Similar endeavors in the past have struggled or failed to achieve their goals, and there is a very real chance that this can go down that same path. I find hope that despite the struggles in the past there are many who continue to see the value in developing a council such as this. I am cautiously optimistic that we can improve current conditions and identify new opportunities to align the well-being of the players with the growth of the Pro League ecosystem.”
But what is the overall goal? What can we expect from this player council? Well, they will meet four times a year, and this formation will be held for two years. It can of course change as necessary (if a player moves from a team for example. They can no longer rep a team they aren’t on). This will help the players learn more about the business side of the esports industry. Through the league, they’ll learn how and why decisions are made, to benefit everyone.
It’s more than that though. The ESL Pro League Council will be able to advocate for change and help set new standards for the ESL Pro League for all participants. Is there something that is direly in need of change? Is something amiss? Then it sounds like this council will handle it. Now, it doesn’t sound like they’ll be dealing with cheating/cheaters, per se’. With only four meetings a year, that would not work out.
Another purpose of the Pro Council is to help improve the conditions for the current and future CSGO ESL players. This includes PC set-ups, practice facilities, accommodation, transport, hospitality, comfort, prep, and performance. It’s not been made clear how they will affect these though. At first glance, perhaps a fund will be set up to help teams that are not equally prepared for the challenges ahead, to help get them on an equal footing, and to make transportation between global majors possible. Not having to stress or struggle about those things, and being able to focus on being as great as possible? I’d love to see that.
ESL will also be able to openly approach the council with ideas, feedback, and critique. Through this, we can see maturity and growth in the CSGO scene just in general. Our players need a voice in the scene that they help define. This could a huge positive change for the CSGO professional scene. We certainly hope so, at any rate.