ok , just listened to Thorinn , Richard Lewis and read the player blogs and press releases.
PEA was formed on the basis of player involvement, transparency, larger prize and a flexible player movement ( there was no exclusive league requirement but discretion was from team owners and organizers as per contract) .
ESL realizing that PEA wanted to replace their NA league, went behind and managed to scare the players who already were in those teams to go over their own team owners. And then the players like Scoots despite SIGNING their contracts turn around and say Nope It is not my fault i am stupid / greedy / young etc i cannot be responsible for my own contract etc. You are correct, the players are young, dumb and they do not have a union. But guess what, that is THEIR responsibility to band together, make sure all players get a fair deal and also probably take a individual pay cut to make sure you get a fair deal. Did they ever do that? No , they did not, as Thorinn and Lewis pointed out, they just took the money offered, signed their rights away and also did not give 2 shits about other players.
as Thorinn points out, it was never about player rights, remember, they never wanted their own union, they signed their deals purely for selfish reasons and more importantly they actually went against their own team owners. As Reginald pointed out seangares SIGNED AWAY most of his so called rights for MORE MONEY. Was he naive, maybe, was he stupid ? of course but now some of you actually think he is the victim or even the players?
you are correct, PEA really ****ed themselves and the team owners really was stupid in NOT talking to their own players and not negotiating or communicating with their own players but still, the contract was signed. Did PEA go back on their promises? No. They did not. Did they oversell the ambiguity of how much power the players would have? Maybe. But if the players read the contracts, they would realized that they had an opinion but little or no leverage .
Again Player unions are not the responsibility of the owners or even the organizers or the devs, it is up to the players. Are the players doing anything? Nope, cos they are young , dumb and greedy...
end of the day they choose the less paying option, and have the same or even less say in their rights and also damaged their own credibility and the teams they are in.