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New ESEA Invite Division Policy

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Posted Jan 9 2011 @ 6:59pm
Eric "lpkane" Thunberg
Each season since we started the ESEA League, we've worked tirelessly to simplify and improve the process of competitive gaming while also trying to advance what teams and players should come to expect from a gaming company. Having made significant strides in those areas, we now feel we can begin to focus our efforts on further stabilizing, and in turn legitimizing, Invite divisions, teams, players, and the organizations that support them.

To that end we're pleased to announce our first initiative which will be to require any Invite team that has a title sponsor (team name or tag) to pay a $100.00 deposit per player at the start of each season. The money will go towards travel expenses for teams that qualify for LAN playoffs and will be fully refunded for teams that are eliminated from playoff contention.

While the initial amount might not seem like a lot of money, it's a step in the right direction and will be built upon during future seasons to help eliminate instances of players representing organizations for the entirety of a regular season, based on the promise of travel funding, only to be left out to dry with days left to book airline tickets and hotels at inflated prices.

"compLexity is happy to support this new initiative. The player / team dynamic is an important relationship, and it is critical that players and teams uphold their commitments to one another."
- Alex Conroy of compLexity

"Team EG applauds ESEA's efforts as it continues to help professionalize North American e-sports. We believe this is a great first step to help ensure that qualifying players can attend ESEA LAN Playoff events."
- Scott Smith, Managing Director of Team EG

I'm proud to say that all of our associated organizations signed on, and I'd like to personally thank them for their understanding and cooperation with our efforts to continue to advance e-sports.
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