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- Mads Øland has left the Danish Football Players’ Association to lead the Counter-Strike Professional Players’ Association (CSPPA) full-time.
- Michael Døi also joins as COO, while pro players Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth and Jonathan ‘EliGE’ Jablonowski are elected as chairman and vice chairman, respectively.
- The CSPPA recently entered into a participation framework for the ESL Pro Tour, with the goal of standardizing tournament conditions.
The CSPPA, a global representative association for professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) players, has welcomed Mads Øland as its full-time CEO. After the organization’s launch in 2018, Øland led CSPPA operations while maintaining his director position of the Danish Football Players’ Association—which he has now left after a 23-year tenure.
In addition, the CSPPA has employed Michael Døi as COO, who will remain legal advisor to the Danish Elite Athletes’ Association (D.E.F) on a part-time basis. Øland remains a director of the D.E.F, which acts as an umbrella organization for Danish athletic associations, as well as individual athletes.
A new chairman and vice chairman have also been voted from among the CSPPA’s board of professional players. Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth, support rifler for Danish team Astralis; and Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski, an entry fragger currently signed to Team Liquid; will assume these roles, respectively.
Alongside these two, the CSPPA’s board of players currently consists of Epitacio “Taco” Pessoa of MiBR, Chris “chrisJ” de Jong of mouseports, Tarik “tarik” Celik of Evil Geniuses, Nathan “NBK” of OG, and Jordan “n0thing” Gilbert.
Last week, the CSPPA announced a participation framework for CS:GO players competing in the ESL Pro Tour, a combined tournament circuit of ESL and DreamHack. The association will work with the companies to standardize business revenues, players’ rights and obligations at events while looking ahead to player contracts, IP rights, and potential joint projects.
This follows several notable exchanges between the CSPPA and other CS:GO stakeholders in 2019. The association consulted game publisher Valve on scheduling its bi-annual Major tournaments (so as not to interrupt the annual players break) and worked with both ESL and FACEIT to ban a controversial set of character models—which created player legibility issues in-game.
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