FACEIT to shut down ECS and focus on B Site league - Report
FACEIT will pull the plug on the Esports Championship Series (ECS) to produce the 'B Site' league, DBLTAP reports.
The decision will mark the end of one of the most important competitions on the tournament circuit since 2016, when the ECS came to life following a partnership between FACEIT and Twitch.
The report comes at a time when the organisers of the B Site league - a temporary name - and ESL, who run the ESL Pro League, are engaged in a tug-of-war for some of the best teams in the game. Since the two leagues will run concurrently, teams will have to commit to just one of the competitions, with Cloud9, MIBR, Gen.G, Dignitas and MAD Lions having all reportedly sided with the new project.
Kicking off in March, the B Site league will feature 12 teams, who will compete on LAN for eight spots at the finals. The tournament will have a $2 million entry fee and will offer co-ownership and revenue sharing to all competing organisations.
The ECS ran for eight seasons and featured live events in the United Kingdom, the United States and Mexico. Astralis are the most successful team in the history of the competition, with four titles to their name, followed by G2, SK, FaZe and Vitality, with one trophy apiece.