Okay this took a while to write, sorry for the wall of text but needed.
Firstly, I really apologize for being distant in recent times. Our workload at ESL has been incredibly high and there's been a thousand moving pieces spread across our team as we are try to adapt to a different world. Evidently we haven't been paying enough attention to the details which has led to some strange decisions in recent months. In this post for you, I will cover all important topics that you as a community deserve to have insight into. I will start with our approach around the ESL Pro Tour point allocation, moving into the TakeTV situation, followed by the Super Tournament decision and then our outlook moving forward.
ESL Point Allocation
Firstly, to understand our intent around point allocation, it's important for you to understand our philosophy. Upon launching the ESL Pro Tour we had a very exclusive approach to our point system, prioritizing tournaments with the fairest possible conditions for players with the most equal opportunities. Within the last couple of weeks I spoke to some trusted friends within the SC2 community to discuss how we can start to adapt our philosophy to be more inclusive of other tournaments, cross server play, less ideal conditions etc. Our priority was to keep the ESL Pro Tour the central point of competitive play and an important pillar within the community. With that said, that gives you insight to our approach & intent behind working with TaKe & others around point allocation that would have been more challenging originally.
Now with understanding our intent. TakeTV approached us 2 weeks ago for point allocation. Our mistake here was simply oversight, we didn't go into enough detail focusing too much on the intent, we concentrated on the outcome rather than the process. We agreed & communicated to TakeTV ahead of their qualifiers that their tournament would receive points and that the distribution of points would be figured out once we understood their exact format details - once that was done, we communicated their point allocation which then went public almost instantly. I personally didn't even go into detail on the ratio of invite/qualifiers as I was pushing my team to find a solution to make the outcome we wanted, work. We rushed a decision while under pressure elsewhere and I see the consequences now, however I understand our mistake. I'll talk more about how we will fix that, along with other items at the end.
Super Tournament decision
Now to the Super tournament situation earlier this year. This one has a few angles, so bare with me please. Firstly I'll talk on awarding and then removing points & then I'll go into the decision on whether the tournament should have had points or not. Firstly, before any information was made public, we were in a healthy discussion with both Blizzard & AfreecaTV on our thought process and our decision which was that we wouldn't award ST points. Unfortunately we made a mistake to publish an outdated rule book which had an allocation for the ST despite our decision to not allocate. Once our team realized the mistake, we simply uploaded the correct rule book without the allocation and communicated accordingly. This timing and execution was poorly handled and I apologize to all players for this. Now let's talk about why the Super Tournament wasn't allocated points in the first place. At the time of the decision we simply made a mistake, it should have awarded points and I've addressed this internally and moving forward we will ensure mistakes like this don't happen again. However with hindsight the decision is even simpler, the Super Tournament should not have awarded points because it was not communicated to players ahead of qualifiers beginning, this is a critical item for us that players are given notice and will be a requirement for the ESL Pro Tour moving forward.
Outlook moving forward
I think its very clear we need to set some internal & external guidelines on how we need to work together with much better transparency and communication on our decisions. We will be rolling out changes in the next 1-2 weeks to make sure these situations don't happen again. Another piece of information I wanted to leave with you, is that we are working on some adjustments to the ESL Pro Tour and will be releasing information on some revamps in the coming weeks.