B Site owned FLASHPOINT has refused to pay $165,000 to the Counter-Strike Professional Players Association until the association attends to its complaints. The CSPPA refutes these allegations, terming them baseless. The CSPPA letter mentions that FLASHPOINT is obligated to pay for the players’ association for use of the players’ IP.
In a letter obtained by DeKay for DBLTAP, FLASHPOINT has leveled five principal allegations against the CSPPA. These allegations include ethical concerns over CSPPA members acting as player agents, non-responsiveness to FLASHPOINT’s concerns and lack of rules and a competitive ranking system. FLASHPOINT alleges loss of revenue and disruption of daily operations due to CSPPA’s lack of action.
Why Is FLASHPOINT Withholding Payment from the CSPPA?
FLASHPOINT’s letter alleges that CSPPA stopped communicating with the league. FLASHPOINT approached the CSPPA to sign paperwork with players that would allow them to test a new monitor for free. The players would attest to the monitor’s quality and if it met the ‘Event Minimum Standards’ FLASHPOINT could then sign a sponsorship deal. CSPPA’s lack of response resulted in the potential sponsor backing out of the deal. The revenue loss for FLASHPOINT is one of the principal points in the letter.
The league also alleges that the CSPPA board members acted as player agents during FunPlus’s failed attempt to buy the Heroic CS:GO roster. CSPPA board members allegedly used confidential information to guide Heroic’s players to demand higher salary, resulting in the derailment of the negotiations. FunPlus, a FLASHPOINT member, had to put together another CS:GO roster in a short span of time. It also drew severe community criticism due to its controversial entry in CS:GO.
The CSPPA has not taken any action to form a new competitive ranking system. According to FLASHPOINT, the current leading ranking system focuses on the frequency of matches resulting in player burnout. Despite introducing the CSPPA to the HLTV ownership, the Players Association has taken no steps towards a new ranking system.
The letter alleges that CSPPA failed to engage in a discussion of FLASHPOINT’s rules. Without set rules in place, CSPPA could not incentivize players to report to matches on time and reward professional behavior. The situation was further complicated as the players took part in online matches remotely. Delayed appearances affected the broadcast’s schedule and the league operations.
The CSPPA has failed to disclose its insurance policy for players in a transparent manner, according to FLASHPOINT. A Richard Lewis report for Dexerto says that FLASHPOINT pays $1000 per player per annum, contributing towards an insurance policy. This insurance policy will help players who have to retire due to medical reasons.
The DBLTAP report by DeKay says that FLASHPOINT is withholding payment until the CSPPA fixes these issues.
What Does the CSPPA Have to Say About FLASHPOINT’s Allegations?
In its initial response, the CSPPA has refuted all allegations calling them baseless. The Players’ Association also said that FLASHPOINT’s obligation to pay the association $165,000 is not dependent on these issues. FLASHPOINT had agreed to fund CSPPA in return for using the players’ IPs.
The CSPPA did not operate as an agency with regards to the Heroic players as the allegations suggest.
CSPPA’s response also states that the CSPPA did not act as an agency with regards to the Heroic players.
The CSPPA will release a full statement soon.