The Electronic Sports League has officially revealed the Player Council for the ESL Pro League, giving each team's roster the ability to debate on critical decisions concerning the league.
This will allow ESL to acknowledge the opinions and evaluate decisions from the perspective of players and coaches, regarding the present and the future of ESL Pro League, as well to build a more pleasant and transparent environment for future promises of the professional scene.
The Player Council will be made up of 12 members, who will represent each of the 12 participating teams in the competition.
Among some of the primary objectives of the Player Council, ESL has highlighted the following:
- Learn more about the business side of the industry, understand how and why decisions are being made, and get proactively involved in shaping the league.
- Advocate for change, improvement and set new standards within the ESL Pro League for all participating teams across the globe.
- Help improve the conditions for current and future players by setting standards which, for example, include PC set-ups, practice facilities, accommodation, transport, hospitality, comfort, preparation and performance.
- Openly approach the council with ideas, feedback and critique. We want to take our lead from the teams and redefine how players are involved in decision making.
Regarding the formation of the Council, Jason “moses” O'Toole, Team Liquid’s coach and president of the EPL Player Council, commented the following: “It's clear that both players and tournament organizers feel there is value in improving the lines of communication between the two parties.
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.”
The EPL Player Council will meet four times a year and will keep its current formation for two years, subject to change if any of the members move from their current team, while their next meeting is scheduled to take part in May 2021.