Seth 'Scump' Abner has confirmed his plans to form a Call of Duty Players Union alongside pro players including Ian 'Crimsix' Porter.
Seth "Scump" Abner has some strong words for the Call of Duty League and confirmed he's been persuaded to form a CDL Players Union to protect those who are part of the professional scene. CDL was founded in 2020 as a replacement for the staple Call of Duty World League and moved to a franchise-based format. Scump is a big part of OpTic Chicago - which was no stranger to the old CDW and took part in this year's CDL.
Now, Scump has confirmed Ian "Crimsix" Porter has convinced him to work toward a better CDL with the Players Union. Porter knows CDL better than most and was part of Dallas Empire that scooped a win in 2020 and toppled Atlanta FaZe in the finals. CDL players have continued to call out the organisation following its freshman outing, even suggesting a Players Union.
It sounds like there's change on the horizon for the superstar Call of Duty competition. Posting on Twitter, Scump and Crimsix have engaged in talks about forming a Players Union. Expanding on what's going on during his Twitch stream, Scump added, "When the original players union petition was brought up to me, I got no information on it. Nothing. They asked him to sign it without explaining what it was, which put him off".
Scump continued, "Then no one reached out again for months and months and months. Then I tweet today and then Clay instantly reached out and he was like… let’s do it… and I was like let’s go, run it". The move comes after Scump called out CDL's treatment of players and how the whole debacle nearly made him quit. Scump is known for displaying his disdain for CDL, but his latest Twitter rant was the most scathing yet.
Scump also said the CDL tries to monopolise players and how he was fined for playing Raid Shadow Legends during a sponsored stream. He said that CDL tries to own your channels. The 25-year-old claimed that CDL uses fines to suppress players. "The CDL also made us sign a player ‘contract’ in front of them without allowing us to run it by our lawyers at the player summit,” said Scump.
“It was a ‘sign it now or you can’t play at Minnesota' type of exchange. I’m probably going to get fined for this too, just letting y’all know". Ironically, Crimix suggested that Scump was the one against the idea of unionising the players. Crimsix shared a cryptic tweet of "59/60", pointing the blame in Scump's direction.
Still, the likes of the League of Legends League and Overwatch League have similar practices and there's an argument that players opted to sign up. We'll have to wait and see if the players unionise and what this will mean for 2021's CDL.
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