The fight for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is on. According to a report from Jarek Dekay Lewis, ESL will reportedly be cutting the teams that participate in ESL Pro League in half. The league will be going from 48 to 24 teams and will be getting a new format. The teams rumored to be included in the new league are included in the report, however there is still a lot of shuffling left to go as teams commit either to ECS’ new league code named “B Site” or ESL Pro League (or even other options). Speaking of B Site…
Teams aren’t the only thing tournament organizers are fighting over. ECS announced a stacked talent lineup for their new CS:GO league beginning in March. Some of the most notable casters in CS:GO history are now attached to the project.
How do organizations like Cloud9 and Astralis feel about these new leagues and the CS:GO scene? Jarek Dekay Lewis spoke to representatives from both teams to find out.
C9 rep: “First, we need to be clear: CS as structured today doesn’t make economic sense for teams or TOs…Despite how great CS is as a game and an esports (sic), the money will move into things that are sustainable. Cloud9 makes more money from Rainbow Six than we do from CS right now, for example.”
Cloud9 is a founding member of “B Site,” while Astralis has not yet decided what the team will do, and are still weighing their options.
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