Astralis "expected" to compete in ESL Pro League
Astralis announced on Tuesday their intention to remain in the ESL Pro League.
In a brief statement, Anders Hørsholt, CEO of the Astralis Group, confirmed that "a number of the world's top CS:GO teams" recently met with ESL in Paris with a view to discussing "a long-term agreement" for the ESL Pro League, which has been trimmed down from 48 to 24 teams ahead of Season 11.
Mr. Hørsholt added that negotiations regarding the final term sheet "are still ongoing", with an agreement expected to be reached "in the near future."
Astralis were one of the 24 teams that made up a preliminary list revealed by ESL on Friday. None of them had officially committed to the league, but Ninjas in Pyjamas and Complexity quickly took to social media to affirm their commitment to the tournament.
The announcement comes at a time when the B Site league, which will be produced by FACEIT, is reportedly still looking to fill four membership slots. According to a recent report from ESPN, Cloud9, Dignitas, MIBR, MAD Lions, Gen.G and c0ntact are the initial franchise partners of this 12-team league, which will have two qualifying slots.
Astralis are one of just two organisations with more than one ESL Pro League trophy, though their last title came back in Season 8, at the end of 2018. Liquid won their first and only title in Season 9, in Montpellier, while MOUZ were crowned champions in Season 10, which came to an end in Odense.