ESL confirms ESEA acquisition

MIRAA
November 20th, 2015 19:32

ESL has confirmed via its website the acquisition of the ESEA platform for an undisclosed fee.

The deal will not affect ESEA's operations as the company will continue to be run as an independent entity, benefiting, however, from the products and services provided by ESL, which is owned by Swedish digital entertainment company MTG.

ESEA and ESL have long been working together, with the partnership resulting in a joint intercontinental CS:GO league, currently in its second season.


ESL and ESEA are now formally owned by MTG 

ESL had long been interested in strengthening its position in North America, where it will host two events in the next three weeks: IEM San Jose, which kicks off tomorrow, and the offline finals of the ESL ESEA Pro League, from December 10-13.

"It's no secret that esports is booming, and this was a necessary step in order for ESEA to remain relevant as larger companies enter the gaming landscape," ESEA co-founder and CEO Eric "lpkane" Thunberg said in a statement.

"In choosing ESL, both a long-time partner and one of the founding companies of esports, I'm confident that ESEA will be in good hands for years to come.

"ESEA has been an incredibly fun ride. I'm immensely proud of both what we've built over the past twelve years, as well as the extremely loyal and close-knit community that's grown up with us along the way - your support did not go unnoticed."

The move is part of MTG's expansion into the esports business, which began in July when it acquired a 74% stake in ESL for €78 million.

Earlier in the month, the Swedish company acquired 100% of DreamHack AB for an enterprise value of SEK 244 million ($28 million), which means that it now formally controls three major players in the Counter-Strike scene.

#2
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Andorra dzr! 
nice
2015-11-20 19:33
#36
mason | 
World PRQN 
hey thorin, bye
2015-11-20 19:36
#89
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Turkey Mustafa- 
Ipkane is a pimp
2015-11-20 20:11
#112
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Turkey rusty james 
He is fucking retarded. Rich as fuck tho.
2015-11-20 20:59
his dad was already rich just a rich kid using dads money to fund an idea
2015-11-20 23:03
yo uhave no idea what you're talking about silly Russian
2015-11-21 01:26
ESL has confirmed via its website the acquisition of the ESEA platform for an undisclosed fee. The deal will not affect ESEA's operations as the company will continue to be run as an independent entity, benefiting, however, from the products and services provided by ESL, which is owned by Swedish digital entertainment company MTG. ESEA and ESL have long been working together, with the partnership resulting in a joint intercontinental CS:GO league, currently in its second season. ESL and ESEA are now formally owned by MTG ESL had long been interested in strengthening its position in North America, where it will host two events in the next three weeks: IEM San Jose, which kicks off tomorrow, and the offline finals of the ESL ESEA Pro League, from December 10-13. "It's no secret that esports is booming, and this was a necessary step in order for ESEA to remain relevant as larger companies enter the gaming landscape," ESEA co-founder and CEO Eric "lpkane" Thunberg said in a statement. "In choosing ESL, both a long-time partner and one of the founding companies of esports, I'm confident that ESEA will be in good hands for years to come. "ESEA has been an incredibly fun ride. I'm immensely proud of both what we've built over the past twelve years, as well as the extremely loyal and close-knit community that's grown up with us along the way - your support did not go unnoticed." The move is part of MTG's expansion into the esports business, which began in July when it acquired a 74% stake in ESL for €78 million. Earlier in the month, the Swedish company acquired 100% of DreamHack AB for an enterprise value of SEK 244 million ($28 million), which means that it now formally controls three major players in the Counter-Strike scene.
2015-11-21 01:30
#183
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Germany eXfckn0 
This is our client
2015-11-21 12:56
lpkane is a sperg
2015-11-21 09:54
retarded comment, he never attended esea events anyway.
2015-11-20 20:13
#113
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Turkey rusty james 
He worked for them before.
2015-11-20 21:00
no. like 2 years ago he casted some esea games with Anders at NipGamingTV. thats about it. talking about GO of course, he even wrote for them in 1.6 (they have some quarrel where esea didn't pay him or something)
2015-11-21 17:42
#121
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Slovakia DLG Inspire 
Ye,Thorin will analyst LoL games now,cant w8 till he rekts some koreans
2015-11-20 21:51
And there was much rejoicing.
2015-11-21 03:44
Not nice. ESL owns everything now.
2015-11-20 20:00
faceit is still out there
2015-11-20 20:17
PGL, Faceit, CEVO, MLG, Starladder, ESWC... But ye they do own too much
2015-11-20 23:29
Most of those are small and will soon be competitions for tier2-3 teams while ESL rules the tier 1 scene. Sad but true
2015-11-20 23:35
faceit starllader and PGL are quite big and MLG hosting a major,well...Also ESWC has a reputation for one of the oldest 'big' tourneys.
2015-11-21 01:55
nice now pansy and deman casting ESEA tournaments NA so lucky
2015-11-20 20:01
lmao
2015-11-20 20:06
At least joe miller hype :D
2015-11-20 20:33
<3 Joe Miller since the 1.6 IEM days!
2015-11-20 21:47
oh god there goes the neighborhood pansy casting ....
2015-11-20 21:47
according to reddit she is one of the most favoured casters in the entire scene *sniggers*
2015-11-20 22:13
HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA you just made my day perfect
2015-11-20 23:13
Fuck you
2015-11-20 22:44
#3
Russia jobs! 
HYPE!
2015-11-20 19:33
you wanna hype hearing pansy even more? esl is trying to take over the whole scene
2015-11-20 19:54
yes
2015-11-20 19:58
#76
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Sri Lanka King Ye 
yes
2015-11-20 19:59
MTG* is trying to take over the whole scene. ESL didn't really buy ESEA, MTG just did it through ESL to reduce costs (I'm guessing but most probably right)
2015-11-20 23:04
+1 Since MTG owns 100% of ESL now, you're dead on. Also, by buying ESEA through ESL they can get around anti-trust issues.
2015-11-20 23:55
Sweden* bought ESL, ESEA and Dreamhack. Biased bastards :(
2015-11-21 15:52
#142
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Canada mattyfinch 
They are a straw in a much bigger pool when Turner decided to unveil their league. Multi multi billion dollar company backed league > MTG and its hundreds of millions.
2015-11-20 23:10
Who is Turner?
2015-11-21 15:53
#207
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Canada mattyfinch 
Ted Turner, The man who plans to make a CSGO league for TV with huge $$ Owns CNN, PEach tree, tbs etc..
2015-11-21 17:19
#216
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Finland no_man 
still better than natu
2015-11-22 12:37
#4
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United Kingdom MantleKek 
More to follow... every time
2015-11-20 19:33
#10
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Finland Emvi 
ofc whats wrong with it
2015-11-20 19:33
yea right, why cant they type a 1000 characters text in 4 seconds ye?
2015-11-20 19:35
this
2015-11-20 20:32
n1
2015-11-20 19:33
ohh baby
2015-11-20 19:33
#8
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Finland Fherrera 
hype
2015-11-20 19:33
#9
United Kingdom plex- 
expected
2015-11-20 19:33
lol
2015-11-20 19:33
#12
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Germany Devil011 
expected xd
2015-11-20 19:33
#13
Sweden toxe 
RIP ESL Wire [*]
2015-11-20 19:34
why?
2015-11-21 15:54
I want to know more pls hltv
2015-11-20 19:34
rip thoorin
2015-11-20 19:34
rip cs
2015-11-20 19:34
asadasdas
2015-11-20 19:34
#18
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Vietnam yolesnoobs 
Woo
2015-11-20 19:34
#19
Norway osmm 
great news
2015-11-20 19:34
#20
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Slovakia crushyou 
rip
2015-11-20 19:34
#21
France B0u  
BB ESL WIRE
2015-11-20 19:34
#22
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Finland OpTic_allu 
wat
2015-11-20 19:34
#23
Denmark wubz 
RIP million dollar investment in it's own AC
2015-11-20 19:34
lets see if esea get any better here on brazil now..
2015-11-20 19:34
good night sweet bitcoin mining prince
2015-11-20 19:34
confirmed by Richard Lewis! :)
2015-11-20 19:34
#28
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Norway Spooderman 
okay
2015-11-20 19:34
srsly?
2015-11-20 19:35
gg
2015-11-20 19:35
ESL sold X percent to that TV company and now ESL buys ESEA or how do I have to understand that?
2015-11-20 19:35
both brands are under MTG name, they own them - it's like VW AG owns Porsche, Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini etc. now ESL will have hands on ESEA so idk what to think about it
2015-11-20 19:41
Sounds like they want to become the monopoly when it comes to "big" events?
2015-11-20 19:47
yeah kinda
2015-11-20 19:48
The want to become the monopoly for everything, that's the badbad part of Esl.
2015-11-20 22:56
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS,top6 from EU and top2 from NA for ESL ESEA PRO LEAGUE SEASON 3 YESsssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
2015-11-20 19:35
Now make it free like the good old 1.6 days with ranked system.
2015-11-20 19:35
I am totaly disapointed.Richard lewis guessing 2 out of 2s in 10 day?!?!?!What year are we,usually 1/10 of his shit used to to have someting in common with the reallity
2015-11-20 19:36
#44
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Germany PhoenixD!!! 
nope richard lewis was right pretty often
2015-11-20 19:38
not when i started following cs.He was just a retarded cunt who only spread rumours.Anyway he is doing quite well in the last 3 months and also impressed me with his host's skills.
2015-11-20 19:42
He is still a cunt though.
2015-11-20 20:12
tell me 2 of those rumours, the way you described it there must have been many.
2015-11-20 20:17
if u were part of the community back than you would know.At certain point creaeting a thread while mentioning RL would eventually lead to ban ;)
2015-11-20 20:35
I was and didn't notice any false articles. which is why I ask you, you seem very well informed on the subject.
2015-11-20 20:49
622k id I was Pick one
2015-11-20 20:55
He was right more often than not and the reason you think he was wrong is that the companies lambast him on social media, deny it and call him a liar. Retards like you lap it up and then 3 months later the company announces it's doing exactly what Rlewis said they would and you just magically forget he was right all along. Now the cycle is just quicker and hes got more resources, contacts and exposure. Which makes it harder to dismiss him or get away with calling him a liar.
2015-11-20 21:40
+1
2015-11-21 02:23
other account banned and I created this one. now its logged in by default and I am lazy to log out and back in.
2015-11-20 22:22
Would actually like to hear some of this aswell, unless you're just full of shit. I'm betting on the latter.
2015-11-20 22:39
he just talked out of his ass. when asked for any source, he just answered it "well I was around that time so you'd know if you were around too"
2015-11-21 17:43
#38
ScreaM | 
Dominican Republic casxd 
ez
2015-11-20 19:36
rip Thorin
2015-11-20 19:37
Well rip csgo
2015-11-20 19:37
rip
2015-11-20 19:37
rip esea :(
2015-11-20 19:37
gg riperino
2015-11-20 19:38
Less NA teams in ESL ESEA Pro League hype
2015-11-20 19:39
#49
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France Escher 
Hopefully.
2015-11-20 19:40
#46
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
rip in peace
2015-11-20 19:39
#47
Brazil Pigo 
bye thorin
2015-11-20 19:39
pls no more lpkane
2015-11-20 19:40
#61
f0rest | 
World Hesgad 
+1000
2015-11-20 19:45
nice
2015-11-20 19:40
WHATS GOING ON TODAY, HYBRID TBS TWITCH LEAGUE, ESL BUYS ESEA, MLG MAJOR, WHAT'S NEXT VALVE ANNOUNCE THE CS INTERNATIONAL?
2015-11-20 19:42
HL3 confirmed?
2015-11-20 19:44
volvo be like "let's add another 10k to that MLG major" xD
2015-11-20 19:45
free dragon lore for everyone
2015-11-20 20:10
C U C K U C K
2015-11-20 19:43
pls kick thorin and i will watch majors
2015-11-20 19:45
Does this mean lpkane is out? I hope it does.
2015-11-20 19:47
ripperino
2015-11-20 19:47
rip esea
2015-11-20 19:51
#67
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Germany eskeeetit 
ll
2015-11-20 19:52
so will ESL leagues require ESEA now or what? hopefully, wire lags the shit out of my pc
2015-11-20 19:52
#69
sickLy | 
Colombia sickLy 
Rest in Peace lpkane, please NEVER COME BACK, and go and get ur refunds... HORRIBLE Customer service.
2015-11-20 19:54
Suck it lpkane. ESL is, at the very least, the lesser of two evils in this case.
2015-11-20 19:56
I hope they kick him
2015-11-21 16:02
Maybe now the rules can change where you aren't FORCED to play on X day no matter what, and all the stupid rules that came up a while back.
2015-11-20 19:57
#73
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Brazil romp  
ripperino thorino
2015-11-20 19:58
I dont see how this would affect him, as he never atteneded ESEA tournaments anyway.
2015-11-20 20:16
and now he can only dream about it XD
2015-11-20 22:48
you haven't though much about it, have you ? esea doesn't do any LANS anymore, they do the Pro league with esl. esl wont hire him anyway -> he lost 0 oppurtunity by this. XD XD XD XD
2015-11-21 17:41
Rip na cs independence
2015-11-20 19:58
I really hope they'll go back to their old anti cheat client now.
2015-11-20 20:04
TBS vs MTG hype. Volvo getting in bed with MLG as a response
2015-11-20 20:06
its happening :D
2015-11-20 20:08
#87
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United Kingdom dronee 
"The move will not affect the ESEA brand or community, with the current team continuing to drive the operation." Shame.
2015-11-20 20:10
Rip ESEA anticheat, wire will be used on ESEA too and welcome to Cheater Strike GO.
2015-11-20 20:16
I doubt it, pretty sure ESL knows Wire is garbage
2015-11-20 20:32
would be funny if ESL actually is that stupid haha
2015-11-20 21:56
Hope this means more Joe Miller
2015-11-20 20:27
rip in lpkaneronis
2015-11-20 20:33
ESL gonna be like the EA & Activision of eSports
2015-11-20 20:41
The monopoly is real
2015-11-20 20:49
Now hopefully they will give more slots to EU in their LAN finals. 2 NA 6 EU pls.
2015-11-20 20:52
This means that Sweden is the Top CS:GO
2015-11-20 21:30
Yes, the only thing that can stop them is Putin CS:GO Gulag
2015-11-21 16:03
RiP BitcoineKane
2015-11-20 21:42
another ~80m invested on esea for sure. MTG the monopoly confirmed. If they buy Faceit they would control absolutely everything.
2015-11-20 21:45
#122
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Norway Jokki5 
1 word why this is a bad idea: Pansy
2015-11-20 21:53
Don't you know that it is racist to criticize women, because patriarchy/power structures/et.c.?
2015-11-21 16:05
#212
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United States 7hai 
its not racist, its sexist. get your PC facts right.
2015-11-21 18:05
Sooo.. women can do whatever and we can't criticise? Feminism works in wonderous ways. (I'm all for equality, as long as they -->_actually do the same job_<--)
2015-11-21 18:09
Good luck!
2015-11-20 21:53
#125
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United Kingdom Trix465 
Given MTG effectively controls all the major players now I could realistically see scope for a competition (in the business sense) investigation from the EU should a more minor rival feel MTG are monopolizing and thus raise it.
2015-11-20 22:05
#126
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Poland xWangan 
Well, i pretty much think if it will still go this way we will see something like in League of Legends. 1 Company will own everything and decide about they game. There are only Faceit/MLG left, but i woudnt compare them as a big problem.
2015-11-20 22:11
#128
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United Kingdom Trix465 
MLG is quite sizeable but not in terms of its CS:GO operations. The fact its hosting a major is a big boost for MLG but then its not got much influence in EU which is the biggest CS:GO market. FaceIt is small compared to ESL/DreamHack and can easily be squeezed by the others.
2015-11-20 22:14
#131
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Poland xWangan 
Well, i pretty much think that if MLG is really going for the cs market, they will propably buy Faceit and take over the EU scene, MLG is sizeable, but not in CSGO, and not so much in EU :P
2015-11-20 22:26
hi Thorin
2015-11-20 22:46
#137
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Brazil FavelaJz 
nice pic
2015-11-20 22:58
This doesn't make sense MTG buys 74% of ESEA, MTG buys 74% of ESL, Then ESL buys ESEA? hltv.org/news/16169-mtg-buys-esea-report WTF edit: RL works in Breitbart, what the actual fuck? Its a extreme right wing biased news outlet XD. And yes that was false info RL wrote of MTG buying ESEA. Why exactly 74%? RL was lying about the 74% how did he predict that exact number back then when it appeared right now in a completely different acquisition? Who ever's dick RL is sucking messed up the insider info back then.
2015-11-20 23:11
good point whats happening there?
2015-11-21 00:07
MTG has already a 100% of ESL dude
2015-11-21 01:12
"acquired a 74% stake in ESL" 100% for dreamhack not esl
2015-11-21 01:17
I think Richard Lewis already said they have now 100% of ESL, but I need to search it, not sure
2015-11-21 01:16
Hello monopoly
2015-11-20 23:05
rip scene
2015-11-20 23:18
Does this mean, I get unbanned? Since I'm not banned for cheating? #freeneteX esea.net/users/neteX
2015-11-20 23:57
#FuckCheaters
2015-11-21 00:35
#freeneteX
2015-11-21 00:43
yes but fodder will also get unbanned
2015-11-21 16:08
idc if he does. hes a nobody to the community lol
2015-11-21 16:56
monopoly inc. Sometimes altille bit of communism wouldnt hurt. I mean this capitalistic total freedom and power must come with some negative sides.
2015-11-21 00:06
Let's be real, ESEA has been shopped around for a long time because Jaguar pretty much was the genius behind that company. Reload is terrible at coding in kernal mode and the latest AC he developed has cost ESEA a ton of business. This move was more about getting rid of the current AC and getting the rights to use the ESL-Wire Anti-Cheat which cost over 250k to develop.
2015-11-21 00:47
#159
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Finland tmg_kartsa 
Rest in peace cs:go scene. See you guys in the next game of cs-series.
2015-11-21 01:11
mOE on his stream about 4 months ago: " ESEA is bigger than ESL"... The stupidity xD
2015-11-21 01:16
Moe is fat what you expect ?
2015-11-21 08:20
And he's a terrorist + linving a murica + deluded casual player who thinks he's actually good at the game. Best combo evaaarrrrr
2015-11-21 10:42
he is ISIS for sure gonna explode in NA Major and Kills all T1 Players so Clown9 can reing supreme.
2015-11-21 11:16
Best theory ever, 2 bad Putin and Obama arent reading this they would reward us with great wealth and bitches
2015-11-21 16:10
yeah they can get this fat jihad
2015-11-21 16:40
rip csgo
2015-11-21 01:19
cs died long time ago with cs16 and css, everything about money now. rip go
2015-11-21 05:03
n1 b8 r8 8/8 m8
2015-11-21 12:18
suck dick kiddo
2015-11-21 12:19
So if i am right you may say that cs was alive with 1.1? no kappa no <3 Tixo
2015-11-23 07:47
CS 1.6 ;)
2015-11-23 16:12
Welcome Monopoly and Comunism.
2015-11-21 11:21
So MTG owns ESL, ESEA and Dreamhack. What is dis shit???
2015-11-21 13:08
ESL: Cologne-based, German Germans: Cheaters (Volkswagen diesels, CS:GO, et.c.) Now: ESL = Swedish Less cheating accomplished. PS: Maybe some mouselifting though
2015-11-21 16:12
it's a monopoly. where the fuck is the FTC when you need them?
2015-11-21 20:42
RIP THORIN
2015-11-21 15:46
Very sad!
2015-11-21 17:57
RIP CS. fuck this monopolistic bullshit, fuck ESL, fuck MTG, fuck ESEA, fuck exclusivity.
2015-11-21 20:41
What if someone has ESL Bans can they play ESL trought ESEA now?
2015-11-23 14:07
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