CSPPA delays release of CS:GO rankings to “improve the methodology”

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The Counter-Strike Professional Players’ Association has today announced that it will be delaying the release of its monthly CS:GO world rankings to focus on “improving the methodology.”

The CSPPA’s first world rankings announcement last month drew a lot of questions and criticism from the CS:GO community for its massive discrepancies compared to established rankings from the likes of ESL or HLTV. The CSPPA’s rankings aimed to rank teams on their performances at events but would penalise them or give less weight to results from events that would clash with its ethos of creating better working conditions for players.

While the sentiment seems good in practise, the order in which the CSPPA ranked the world’s top teams was laughed at by a large portion of the CS:GO community. The association has now announced that it will not release September’s rankings in order to focus on “improving the methodology” after plenty of feedback. It will now return with a rankings update in October instead.

“The next CSPPA World Ranking will be published in October,” the CSPPA says in a tweet. “We need to spend time on improving the methodology and correct inconveniences that the community has helped us become aware of. [Thanks] for this feedback – it is crucial for us to create an independent and inclusive ranking.”

It also cites some of the areas it will be adjusting before October’s rankings, such as the amount of points awarded to smaller events and the weighting of online tournaments while the coronavirus pandemic continues to rule out LAN events.

In its first world rankings reveal in August, the CSPPA’s methodology saw Evil Geniuses crowned the world’s best team, while BIG – who were number one in both ESL and HLTV’s rankings – were placed fifth.