The Counter-Strike Professional Players’ Association (CSPPA) has struck a deal with ESL and Dreamhack on behalf of its member players. The agreement provides a basis for future cooperation regarding standard player contracts, player intellectual property rights, and potential joint projects in the future. This is the first deal of its kind for esports. Full story here.
Activision Blizzard Esports President & CEO Pete Vlastelica has come out in defence of the Overwatch League in an interview with Adam Stern at The Esports Observer. After a few weeks of criticism, Vlastelica firmly denied that the league is in any sort of disarray. Regarding all of the recent talent departures, he was quoted:
“What [the departures] signify is that we’re putting together the best possible pool of talent that we think fits what our audience is looking for and our vision for the product we’re building. We’re bringing in people who we think know the game as well as anyone out there or better than anybody out there.”
Now some people didn’t take kindly to that quote, like Christopher “Montecristo” Mykkles. He made two tweets in response to the article that can be found here & here. Suffice to say, this story may not be over yet.
One of the most anticipated games of the year (ever?) has been delayed. Developer CD Projekt Red announced that Cyberpunk 2077’s release date will be moved back from April to September.
A report from Streamlabs was released yesterday detailing the streaming data from 2019. The main headlines to look out for are Twitch’s growth is slowing, Youtube Gaming made a big jump in content watched, and Mixer was able to double its audience. There’s tons of other information in the report, so be sure to check it out.