LDLC.com to skip ESEA finals

LDLC.com have announced that they will not be taking part in ESEA 14's global finals next month.

ESEA officials have been given a fresh headache after LDLC confirmed that they have withdrawn from this season's global finals, citing the high price of airline tickets during the summer as the reason for the move.

This is now the second team to have officially pulled out of the LAN finals, after VeryGames, who finished second in the regular season, also declined to attend the event.


LDLC.com pull out of ESEA finals

With Virtus.pro in shambles, Ninjas in Pyjamas now seem to be the sole European team willing to cover the costs of travelling to the United States.

"We are really sad that we will not be able to attend the ESEA finals in Dallas," a team statement read.

"The fact that this tournament is held in the summer and shortly after the regular season makes this an extremely expensive and unnafordable move.

"Besides missing out on a great tournament, we were also looking forward to making the trip across the Atlantic Ocean.

"This season was a little bit disappointing, with a lot of forfeits towards the end of the tournament, but I have been following ESEA for many years and I believe in them and know that they will find the solutions to make sure that next season will be played on a high level.

"We would like to offer our sincere apologies to our fans and to ESEA."

ESEA has so far stayed silent on how they plan to solve this problem, with only three weeks left for the tournament to begin. The global finals will take place from August 16th through 18th at the Double Tree Hilton, in Dallas, with $39,500 up for grabs in the CS:GO competition.

N1111
2013-07-24 03:08
too bad
2013-07-24 03:09
too expensive D:
2013-07-24 03:10
14 replies
france economy not so good, in russia we sell vodka to go lan
2013-07-24 04:19
10 replies
Too bad you also buy all you can sell
2013-07-24 04:38
5 replies
i think u on drugs
2013-07-24 06:31
2 replies
I think you're drunk
2013-07-24 10:45
1 reply
hehehehehe yes!
2013-07-24 22:57
How is that a bad thing.
2013-07-24 07:21
1 reply
your mother is so fat she has a really good job with excellent benefits!
2013-07-24 21:17
In Russia you phone OverDrive and go to LAN.
2013-07-24 05:01
3 replies
lol
2013-07-24 06:02
hahah n1 joke )
2013-07-24 10:10
;D
2013-07-24 10:58
Ask ozstriker to fund the trip :P
2013-07-24 12:10
2 replies
rofl, he ain't overdrive :)
2013-07-24 16:05
1 reply
No but he did alot of tripfunding for his French teams I heard, though America might be a bridge too far ;)
2013-07-26 13:21
GOOD
2013-07-24 03:17
#5
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Cyprus JoOoOohNy
whyyyyy (LDLC + VERYGAMES) and (NiP + ex-Epsilon) fly together?? fuck.... :S
2013-07-24 03:22
5 replies
#11
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United States criimson
Can't you think this out by yourself? Its not about the team as a whole traveling, every single player needs a ticket so it doesn't make a difference whether they travel with another team in the plane or not still VG and LDLC have to buy a ticket for each of their players which will be exceeding $12000 from what i read earlier.
2013-07-24 03:29
4 replies
#22
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Cyprus JoOoOohNy
its 7.000 tickets aller-retour ;p why ESEA dont postponed finals for september / october? so if they buy tickets now for october, maybe they'll ply 40% less then low
2013-07-24 03:42
3 replies
#23
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United States criimson
It's possible solution dude but who knows like I think that ESEA will need to come up with some idea like that because the Global Finals apparently are going to be played by NorthAmerican teams and NiP... :/
2013-07-24 03:46
2 replies
and NiP will win fo shure
2013-07-24 03:49
#27
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Cyprus JoOoOohNy
yeah that sucks. ESEA gonna be with 4 EU and 4 US teams. but EU teams just fucked up. maybe ESEA finals with 8 US teams
2013-07-24 03:51
The event should be held in Europe.
2013-07-24 03:22
15 replies
couldn't agree more
2013-07-24 03:29
rofl ESEA is headquartered in the US it is the only CS:go tournament in the US with a good prize pool. not our fault these teams can't afford to go.
2013-07-24 06:17
11 replies
your fault if it is the only CS:go tournament in the US with a good prize pool
2013-07-24 06:25
6 replies
ok?
2013-07-24 06:27
4 replies
Your scene is bad, there's no logical explanation why one of the biggest cs:go purses should be located in US when top 10 teams are european and most viewers comes from europe aswell. Hold the tournament in Germany and lets see if 4 US teams gonna come over to lose miserably. NiP gonna win this and it will be worth it for them, if lets say VG would come 2nd they would juse lose money. Not to mention 3rd/4th placed european team aswell.
2013-07-24 15:12
3 replies
You guys are idiots, its Americans setting up the tournament, investing time and money, ofcourse they're gonna do it in the us. Be gratefull there's another big tourney inbred school deserters. I really don't have a clue where you guys get the idea to whine about the location Us teams came to Eswc and dh, if eu teams don't go to esea how the hell can you blame the Americans Only thing that wasn't smart is the moment, middle of highseason is expensive for a lot of people to go to the us
2013-07-24 16:25
2 replies
It's about a guy, it's about a girl, it's about a beer, it's about the world.
2013-07-24 17:05
No need to call other users names. Thank you.
2013-07-26 02:26
What the actual fk?
2013-07-24 12:11
Either the event shouldve been in Europe because of more viewers or it shouldve been move to September because in this time of the year the tickets are so expensive, the last ESEA lan VG attended the ESEA Lan.
2013-07-24 06:32
not your fault , but ESEAs fault , what a catastrophe of a date, anybody except esea seem to know plane ticket increase 50% price when its vacation/holidays season. mindboggling decision. nobody cares about a tournament only nip compete in, its a fail already, and they should fire whoever is managing director. a huge loss of relevance and wiever interest. sad
2013-07-24 06:31
The ticket price is high in the summer so it's partly your fault...
2013-07-24 07:59
I bet they can afford it, its just not worth it. If you end up 2nd or third its pretty much a waste of money. Also keep in mind that European organizations attends 300% more events than the NA ones. Going to ESEA would basically mean that they would have to skip 3 other tournaments just due to the high price on plane tickets
2013-07-24 13:59
+1
2013-07-24 12:13
Why should it? it's an American tournament expending to Europe.
2013-07-24 12:50
why not just save this 40k pot and make 80k next time ? xD coz its gonna be a fail tourney
2013-07-24 03:26
2 replies
+1
2013-07-24 03:34
probably for the best.
2013-07-24 11:45
Would NaVi get accepted with a new lineup?
2013-07-24 03:26
1 reply
No - Astana Dragons can not participate no one can anymore because of changed rosters. Literally every team but NiP and k1ck and k1ck is like 4-11
2013-07-24 03:30
One major CSGO international tournament a year we have in North America and Europe can only send one team? This is sad and disappointing.
2013-07-24 03:27
9 replies
#14
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United States criimson
Dude paying the tickets for 5-7 people to Europe even at this time of the year ain't as expensive as going to USA during the high season, like i really doubt any american org would be willing to pay more than $12,000 to have a team sent to EU just to have them try...
2013-07-24 03:33
2 replies
I do know what is like because I've had to find funding for my female team to go to ESWC paris. This is when ESWC is was Always during the summer around 4th of july. It was just expensive then to fly from NA->Europe. They made the commitment to play the league they should expect the costs that come with it. That's all I'm saying.
2013-07-24 14:52
1 reply
Well the jokes on you, i doubt this event will get over 10k viewers, an ESL qualifier match will be more exciting than this.
2013-07-24 15:15
who cares. nip will just win.
2013-07-24 03:36
#19
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France cedd
uhh one ? you realise esea s13 LAN was in late april right ? it's more like 2-3 a year. The only problem is silly esea management chose this seasons LAN to occur mid-august while everyone is on vacation and international flight tickets are most expensive. It could've been planned to happen like september but nope...
2013-07-24 03:39
its rare to see NA teams in Europe too, i'm sure you understand
2013-07-24 03:50
And that one team will rape all us teams, its just sad
2013-07-24 06:27
1 reply
really sad, sad that they wont get any competition and we wont get any good matches, and this will be the "major" event what a joke
2013-07-24 06:35
Major? Tell me more please!
2013-07-24 10:09
Easy money for NiP
2013-07-24 03:28
1 reply
Like always.
2013-07-24 03:33
NiP vs NA, id say 16-4
2013-07-24 03:37
1 reply
bo1? Haha :p
2013-07-24 11:48
ps: these shitties need to invest in their cs careers. why can't they work a job and save up money? this is literally only a weeks worth of wages to buy a plane ticket. they need to learn from overdrive.
2013-07-24 03:39
13 replies
ahah Overdrive pay the tickets of apex kenny taz and neo for sure xD
2013-07-24 03:51
overdrive didn't pay to go that lan with money he worked for rofl
2013-07-24 06:18
1 reply
Worked for? Don't laugh me. He does not work.
2013-07-24 11:20
dude either youre stupid as fuck or i dunno.. do you really believe that someone would waste 2000$ from his own bucket to pay tickets to tournament? think about it a bit
2013-07-24 11:50
3 replies
why not? $2000 to visit a new country. no one says you have to leave the second after the lan. Take a week off and travel? It would be fun to do as a team instead of going back home to their basements.
2013-07-24 15:15
2 replies
i know.. but on the other hand it doesn't seem like pretty realistic idea to me
2013-07-24 16:04
With $2000, there's a lot of better option if you just want to have a vacation. I wouldn't "waste" it on USA for sure. Even if USA is the only option, surely not Dallas.
2013-07-24 18:56
so why your NA shitties dont buy a ticket and attend eu lan more often
2013-07-24 12:21
My god you are ignorant.
2013-07-24 13:31
4 replies
why? because I suggested a highly reasonable alternative to not attending the lan? I just bought a round trip plane ticket from canada to the middle east for $1400. why can't they do the same from europe to usa?
2013-07-24 15:17
3 replies
Because you say they should invest in their cs careers, by getting a job. A lot of the players are students and probably have jobs on the side, just to make a living. Taking out $1400 out, just for plain tickets is a big investment. You sound like the players just have that kind of cash ready. I am a student and I have a job on the side. There is no way I would spend that kind of money, without careful planning.
2013-07-24 16:00
2 replies
why wouldn't they have the cash on hand? I set aside $800 a week and don't even have an education.
2013-07-25 02:41
1 reply
Excactly, you can work all the time, they can't.
2013-07-25 12:26
lpkane, one of the owners of ESEA has his own plane. He should fly to france and give VG and LDLC a ride =D
2013-07-24 03:40
2 replies
does he really have his own plane?
2013-07-24 04:50
1 reply
yeah. he has investments other than ESEA and does own a plane.
2013-07-24 06:21
#25
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Hong Kong SHiFT^up
ESEA should use the bitcoins they mined to pay for the flights for LDLC, VG, and ex-Epsilon. In reality though, on the bright side for the US teams other than Curse will actually get paid some money for once, since they would never win against European teams otherwise.
2013-07-24 03:49
3 replies
last season Quantic beat ESC and VeryGames.
2013-07-24 12:17
2 replies
VG was nowhere near as good as they are now last season, and LDLC too...
2013-07-24 13:22
1 reply
Curse (number 1 team in NA) could be also better than last Quantic squad. And all of those "Americans can't win vs Europe" doesn't make sense at all.
2013-07-24 17:48
As always, the French surrender..
2013-07-24 03:57
2 replies
lol
2013-07-24 04:21
this time, we have an excuse :)
2013-07-24 04:51
#30
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Poland marco555
CSGO DEAD
2013-07-24 04:11
die CS:GO die ....waybe call this game NIP:GO ?
2013-07-24 04:12
2 replies
In 1.6 many teams resigned from trips to the United States as well. This is not problem with game only problem with cash...
2013-07-24 09:33
1 reply
plenty of foreign teams made it to the CPL dallas events, 3 WCGs (04, 07, 10), IEM global challenges, etc. it was very rare to see an established organization skip a larger event, even if it was costly to travel to the US
2013-07-25 03:48
!raise your OverDrive!
2013-07-24 04:43
2 replies
#36
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Poland marco555
NOSTALGIE !!!!!!!!
2013-07-24 04:47
omg haha .
2013-07-24 05:35
Should've just done EU and NA finals for this season then done Global for other times of the year.
2013-07-24 05:00
Keep on dropping EU teams by choosing the most expensive days to host the LAN. Who knows, maybe after you've banned NiP, LDLC, VG and some others, an American team might have a chance to win.
2013-07-24 05:25
damn
2013-07-24 05:41
sad
2013-07-24 05:51
OverDrive sponsor European teams pls.
2013-07-24 06:09
ESEA should be providing a travel stipend for the top 4 European teams (if they aren't already) since it's hosted in the U.S. Even if it's only $200.00 a player that takes a little burden off the organizations.
2013-07-24 06:13
5 replies
prize pot is already bigger than many other CS:go events i don't see why this should be esea's responsibility
2013-07-24 06:22
3 replies
If you get 2nd place minus the cost of the trip you'll loose 2000.
2013-07-24 08:09
Maybe not their responsibility, but a way to increase spectators by having more interesting teams attend, now this will be a pretty mediocre tournament from the looks of it.
2013-07-24 08:47
Bigger because they added the bitcoin scam money in to it
2013-07-24 08:57
going to a lan for 4 days not visiting stuff ... would be so worth to invest 1400$ to play csgo yeah :) riot give real salary to player + pay their travel (tenerife Lille sweden germany) could be a great idea to at least give an help to team to go on lan
2013-07-25 03:14
SOLUTION: ESEA European LAN event ESEA US LAN event For Euro vs US games 1st map Euro server 2nd map US server 3rd map Coin toss Boom
2013-07-24 06:24
3 replies
12k a team is ridic. Thats like 50k just for 4 teams to play at an event Euro vs US is pointless anyway, US aren't really any competition. May aswell just have seperate lan events
2013-07-24 06:28
Yeah sure this is a 500$ cup they can do that
2013-07-24 06:29
1st map EU team wins 2nd map NA team wins (if they're not that bad) 3rd map EU\NA team wins (depends on coin toss) total BULLSHIT. This isn't DOTA, this is CS where the ping is one of the most important things in the game. The first part of your message is good though, i have to agree. They should either split the finals or plan their events more carefully next time.
2013-07-24 07:17
They should rent a motherfucking ESEA boat to be able for every team to attend the finals, the boat would go to new york to take NA players, then to an European harbor to take European players. The boat would stay in the middle of the Atlantic ocean in order for the streamers to have an average good ping. Fuck it
2013-07-24 06:28
This is when OverDrive comes in.
2013-07-24 06:35
they can rent a sailboat and cross atlantic it's no so expensive, but they have to weigh anchor in the next few days
2013-07-24 06:41
Lol the American scene is so dead...
2013-07-24 07:49
1 reply
+1 if nobody fck going there from EU Curse will take it easy
2013-07-24 07:59
Overdrive it's your time
2013-07-24 08:05
They just need a bigger gap between the online stage and lan so advanced booking can be done and the tickets arent ridiculous
2013-07-24 08:11
Who cares its CS:GO. Bring back 1.6!!
2013-07-24 08:22
Gawsh I wish jet fuel wasn't so expensive in August, just that time of year when pumping for oil costs that much more
2013-07-24 08:55
hope those gold diggers will get no teams for their lan.
2013-07-24 09:24
Just change the fucking dates already, this tournament probably gives CS:GO a bad reputation otherwise.
2013-07-24 09:48
give NIP already 22 k and thats it
2013-07-24 09:50
more french lan dodgers, n11111
2013-07-24 10:07
expected, ESEA shouldnt have put the finals in peak summer.
2013-07-24 10:21
HF to 1500 viewers at max if its just shitty US teams
2013-07-24 10:29
ldlc manager can contact OVERDRIVE for the trip expenses
2013-07-24 10:48
ESEA need to make lan finals in europe. europe csgo scene> na scene so...
2013-07-24 11:02
sad
2013-07-24 11:10
wtf ..........................
2013-07-24 11:24
#94
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Greece her-1g
it will be nip, astana dragons and the americans in the end ahahahha
2013-07-24 11:25
7 replies
replygif.net/i/272.gif why astana ffs?
2013-07-24 11:43
6 replies
#106
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Greece her-1g
They are not at the esea list but they have money and someone must play from eu. Ldlc, vg are out. Esc , vp , navi disbandf. They might invite teams for this season idk really
2013-07-24 12:23
5 replies
Anexis disbanded, epsilon no org = no money, cph Wolves 0-16 dont think they have the money also. Nip + kick versus NA Kick prob doesnt have the money either So nip vs NA
2013-07-24 12:38
1 reply
#115
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Greece her-1g
yeah as i said, esea might invite other teams if all european teams that took part at the season 14 fold or reject the flight. if they want to have european teams. but organizations that can pay those expenses are 5-6 max. (mousesport(they dont have a team), astana, nip, fnatic and virtus.pro.
2013-07-24 13:47
they have money, so they should go there? srsly?
2013-07-24 19:01
2 replies
#136
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Greece her-1g
on paper they are the second best team in the world actually. its not only the money. someone should go and represent europe in the end right?
2013-07-24 19:02
1 reply
2nd on paper, but let's come back to reality
2013-07-24 19:05
-Happy +OverDrive Problem solved
2013-07-24 11:28
ESEA sucks as always. LAN finals should be postponed but they doesn't give a tiny **** about that. F*** ESEA.
2013-07-24 11:56
lol, only NiP for EU? :D
2013-07-24 12:47
1 reply
#111
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Europe 0only1
why u need more ? its NIP.. more than enough to beat America
2013-07-24 13:16
NA is faced with this everytime theres a lan in EU and you dont hear them crying about it if you cant afford to go then dont go. simple as that. asking for a prize increase is like telling DH to increase their prizepool so more NA/Asia teams can afford to go
2013-07-24 13:09
3 replies
Yup. They just don't show up. This is however an online league with a lan finals you have to attend.
2013-07-24 14:06
No, this is completely different. European LANs with American teams are invite, not qualified through a league. The American teams decide to go based on whether they can afford to or not, and generally EU lans are not in peak airfare times. The other factor is that European LANs have the best teams already, there is no need for any American teams to attend, where as for this event, without any European teams, it looks very poor.
2013-07-24 15:01
1 reply
Let's be realistic. Only teams that can beat quantic right now are nip vg ldlc. Hardly all of EU.
2013-07-25 02:35
online finals inc.
2013-07-24 13:37
oh... that wont be real final without VG and LDLC :(
2013-07-24 15:31
I suggested a travel stipend for European teams, but maybe an easier solution (if they cannot increase the prize pot as well) would be having the Summer lan finals as a separate event.
2013-07-24 16:16
Vote for Nostalgie to get invite!
2013-07-24 18:58
2 replies
nostalgie + astana arbalet + overdrive will buy a private jet just for this occasion.
2013-07-24 21:20
1 reply
Is it Arbalet the one responsible behind the raise of Astana? Thought it was kazakh e-sport association, no?
2013-07-25 05:07
Didn't ESEA institute a travel deposit requirement for invite teams after Blight Gaming fucked over multiple teams? What happened to that?
2013-07-24 19:35
Is it me or does CS:GO eSports seem to slowly be crumbling apart?
2013-07-24 21:50
3 replies
spending 10,000 $ on plane tickets and accommodation is too big of a risk. the same team can attend 5 lans in europe for this money.
2013-07-25 11:09
2 replies
True dat, but I'm more or less referencing the disbanding of a few teams recently. I mean how many was it in just the past 2 weeks? I know it's about 3ish.
2013-07-26 04:37
1 reply
cs:go maybe can not stay any longer in this cruel gaming market. 3 of 2 biggest tournaments in history just quit cs:go and the worst thing is so many teams can't find a good sponsor, for this reason so many teams has been shut down. ESC,VP (almost dead navi), fnatic, mTw,...
2013-07-26 20:26
Sell more baguette GordoN
2013-07-25 05:33
Uhh I'm sorry to point this out, but the game is CS:GO. Not CS 1.6
2013-07-25 07:18
Counter-Strike 1.6?
2013-07-30 08:18
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