You do realize getting onto ESL Play means nothing, right? Practically every game under the sun besides TF2 is on the platform and most of them see a few cups per month but not much.
If you're expecting prize pools, you're going to be disappointed unless a bunch of you want to fork out some cash for ESL Premium and give them some incentive to put some money forward. If TF2 gets on ESL Play, there will be some cups, but there will be almost no money unless they do an opening cup like FACEIT did with a small prize pool.
While it might sound interesting to have TF2 on ESL Play (by the way, saying that putting TF2 on ESL Play will have "the world's largest esports company 'supporting' TF2" is just ridiculous and it means nothing) there's not much it offers, as putting a game on a platform is much different from actually supporting the game's scene.
The last time this was brought up, people gained some interest, but the lack of actual traction showed that nobody really wanted it; they just wanted to see a new platform, even though they weren't going to use it. And people won't use it. They'll use it, see that there is some minor feature that an independent platform like match.tf has and quit using it. Or, they'll just grow tired and continue playing pugs normally.
Mitch_It's purely up to the community to decide what ESL would do for us. This includes what format, rules and if it would be simple Go4 cups or fully decked leagues.
That's not how that works. Please stop misleading people with your blind optimism, Mitch.