ESEA add age restriction for MDL Season 27

Now both EPL and the division below hold a minimum age requirement of 16.

ESEA has added a player age requirement of 16 for the upcoming MDL season. Many players took to social media to speak of the change, and Brett "few" Sheffield said that further information about the change is coming soon and that it would not impact the upcoming Global Challenge event.

This would affect many players that currently play in the North American MDL, including Jason "neptune" Tran from Ghost Academy, Ryan "Snakes" Amann from SoaR, Owen "oBo" Schlatter from Guerrilla Tactics, Sam "s0m" Oh who was previously on ex-Naventic, and Nick "zeptic" Kaoud who last played for Good People.

In Europe, young talents such as Martin "stavn" Lund, Jere "sergej" Salo, and David "frozen" Čerňanský will be similarly impacted.

With the change, these players will likely now be forced to ply their trade in Main until they come of age.

The rules changes brings the MDL division in line with ESL Pro League, but further reasoning for it is currently unknown. What is certain is that changes in the upper echelons of MDL will be had, as Season 26 top four finishers SoaR and Ghost Academy will both need to find new players.

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#1(With 0 replies)
January 3, 2018 11:56AM
#2(With 3 replies)
January 3, 2018 01:19PM
Wow what’s ESEA’s logic behind this? Just makes for a shitty viewing experience, for example when teams wanna go forward with a younger player but need a stand-in for select leagues. Absolutely ruins it for me. Also why not just allow for the parentals consent to play? I’m confused.
#3(With 2 replies)
January 3, 2018 06:16PM
Because US Child Labor Laws say anyone under the age of 16 can't work more than 18 hours a week. People have to realize that child labor law violations are expensive... According to my Boss when I was 15; every minute after 4 hours of work before a 30 min break they were audited 1,100$. People fail to realize that Turtle Entertainment (ESL, ESEA, Dreamhack parent company) is a large company that has lots to lose. Plus the org's are in danger of being audited as well.
#5(With 1 replies)
January 5, 2018 11:39AM
Good rebuttal, I’d never thought about it in those terms. But I’ve also never heard of a cs player getting hourly pay. For sure they’re on salary. Seemingly it’d be much harder to violate labor laws in a weird grey area like pro cs. after all they are just playing a video game. But with audits and whatnot I can definitely understand now why they might prefer to just go 16+ as the age requirement
#6(With 0 replies)
January 5, 2018 10:41PM
It's just playing it safe. Does doing DM for 20 hours count as working? How about team Practices? What if a player wants to leave his org, but is contractually bound (Contracts don't actually mean shit for minors tho) to play for them? He can report them to the DOL and fuck the org. Plus someone could be a bitch and BM a team into playing a 4v5 or something.

Honestly at the rate esports is growing they'll probably make it 18+ eventually, because child labor laws for minors are still a potential issue.
#4(With 0 replies)
January 3, 2018 07:51PM
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