The Professional Esports Association (PEA) is group that was formed by 7 US teams, who planned to hold a league of their own. The 7 teams that that created the group was Team Solomid (TSM), Cloud 9 (C9), Team Liquid, Counter Logic Gaming (CLG), Immortals, NRG eSports, and compLexity Gaming. They decided to hold a league of their own, which was supposed to span 10 weeks, with a prize pool of $1 million.
The association were to keep the players benefits in mind and they were to share profits of the league among players and owners. This was supposed to be a step forward in empowering the players, and making their decisions be heard. They promised transparency to the community and to be a mediator between owners and teams in how they share their rewards.
This seemed great, but in reality none of that happened. The player representation in the decision making committee was constantly outvoted. The players were even forced to not participate in another league (EPL) of which they wanted to play in. When they looked for clarification for why they were declined from playing in that league, the answer was “It’s in your contracts.”
Players of 5 out of the 7 teams stood behind SirScoots, in an open letter of which they signed.
On December 22nd, 2016 es-TSM player Sean Gares said that TSM had kicked him from the team due to his association with the open letter, adding salt to the wound.
Reported here, TSMReginald, founder of TSM, admits he reacked in knee jerk reaction.