FACEIT issues statement on B Site involvement, reveals Global LAN Qualifier dates

FACEIT has revealed that it will take "a step back" to put the focus on teams, players and talent of the upcoming B Site league, and announced the dates for the Global LAN Qualifier.

In the statement, FACEIT notes that, despite ECS being the "first esports league providing co-ownership and revenue share", the project "didn’t go far enough in providing a path to sustainability for Teams and Players suitable for today’s ecosystem".

FACEIT will be taking the position of league operator and content producer for B Site

In B Site, FACEIT will take the position of "league operator and content producer", while teams will take the central stage. The company also points out that it has always been focused on providing "a path to pro", adding that B Site will be "open, inclusive and provide special support to grassroots talent".

Even though it was not confirmed in this statement, in one of his recent videos on the topic, B Site Creative Director Duncan "⁠Thorin⁠" Shields revealed that FACEIT owns a minority share in the league of 0.5%, which will be increased to 5.5% if the company remains the tournament operator for the next three years.

Read more: What we know (and think we know) about ESL Pro League and B Site

Meanwhile, FACEIT has revealed the dates for the Global LAN Qualifier, which will take place from 3-5 March at the company's Los Angeles studio. The tournament will clash with the closed qualifiers for the Minors in the CIS and South America,

The qualifying process for B Site will have $100,000 on offer, with orgless teams who manage to qualify being offered a $25,000 monthly stipend for the duration of the season. Find out more about the qualifiers in our announcement post.

You can read FACEIT's statement below:

FACEIT's position...

In 2016 ECS was established to create a more inclusive structure and aiming at long term sustainability by being the first esports league providing co-ownership and revenue share to teams and players participating. This was a first for CSGO and we believed it was an invaluable move for helping the ecosystem to grow and evolved to the new heights we reached today.

As much as ECS gave us 4 years of great CS:GO and entertainment, our solution didn’t go far enough in providing a path to sustainability for Teams and Players suitable for today’s ecosystem. Teams and players need to have a more central position and be provided with stronger financial benefits to make the scene sustainable.

A few months ago a concept for a new CSGO league that would be fully owned and backed by certain teams was presented to us and we were given the opportunity to partner and support the project. FACEIT will take a position of league operator and content producer while teams, players and talent will take the central stage to build a unique show and a new business venture. We felt this was a necessary step towards sustaining the ecosystem.

The current status of the CSGO ecosystem...

CSGO is at a critical point. We don’t believe any tournament organiser should have a monopoly and in the long term by allowing this, the overall ecosystem would be compromised.

We are focused on helping the CSGO ecosystem grow rather than keeping any direct control and this is why we have been able to work closely with many other organizations and organisers that access our platform to create and provide the community with thousands of new competitions to play every month.

FACEIT’s core values & B-Site...

CSGO has been at the core of FACEIT since the platform first began. Working closely with the community, players and talent has been important for the company, it’s how the platform was built and we wouldn’t be here now if we didn’t have their support.

We have always focused on providing a path to pro and this is why B-Site will be an open league. We partnered with teams because the league aligns with our core values. It will be open, inclusive and provide a special support to grassroots talent. B-Site will provide open slots so up and coming teams can be part of the league. In addition the league will offer a series of financial benefits including a stipend of $5k a month for qualified players.

We believe B-Site will help to create a healthy and sustainable ecosystem and ultimately FACEIT will take a step back to ensure teams, players and talent are the focus."

United Kingdom Duncan 'Thorin' Shields
Duncan 'Thorin' Shields
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Very interesting.
2020-02-05 15:31
9 replies
Poland Julka
Not interesrin
2020-02-05 15:32
8 replies
interesrin ??? learn english smh
2020-02-05 15:32
7 replies
He wrote evernythin right? lul. No education
2020-02-05 15:33
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Finland darkyf1
fucing idjiots in hltv shud up
2020-02-05 16:36
3 replies
got the fhuck outta mens
2020-02-05 16:38
1 reply
Europe Archasi
excaltly mnens
2020-02-05 17:12
Wy uoo so med?
2020-02-05 17:25
Thta is h0w you spelll it moran...
2020-02-05 18:51
Bosnia and Herzegovina kezual5
yalle stapid
2020-02-05 23:16
United States Festive_
2020-02-05 15:32
1 reply
Yea, hm... Let us al welcome Facepoint. ;) From FPL to FP.
2020-02-06 22:15
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Argentina n4ziS1mple
2020-02-05 15:32
not interesting as always
2020-02-05 15:33
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Russia ToughGuy
who cars about tier3 league
2020-02-05 15:34
maybe next time get better teams and structure in before you pay Thorin to make butthurt tweets in favor of your league?
2020-02-05 15:38
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2020-02-05 16:16
World Beard43
'It's about the teams and players' and if they're honest, how they can best profit FaceIT. An open league where the majority of teams buy their way in and the rest attend qualifiers that exclude a third of the worlds population. Yeah, nah mate. I liked ECS and I watch a fair bit of lower tier CS, but this is one low tier tournament I'll pass on.
2020-02-05 15:58
Poland gerald500
fuck them sraight to the face :D faceit cumIt
2020-02-05 16:03
still no name still no full list of teams
2020-02-05 16:16
3 replies
name doesnt matter and no league other than blast has a list of all the teams
2020-02-05 16:39
2 replies
> fan of Thorin /closed
2020-02-05 16:40
1 reply
ok giraf men
2020-02-05 16:44
I are not understanding this
2020-02-05 16:17
Canada J47
tldr pls
2020-02-05 16:20
Germany grabke
Who even wants to qualify for this ??? Some shit NA Teams maybe but nobody from Europe. Doesn't make sense to play against some Tier 2/3 Opponents in B-Site like C9 Mibr GenG there is simply no value or anything to gain from this.
2020-02-05 16:31
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Well 5k a month for each player and a huge amount of prize money, os I think most of teams who are not in Pro League will try to qualify for it.
2020-02-06 08:36
Bot site
2020-02-05 16:33
fix your pug platform first you faceit fa9s
2020-02-05 16:41
my god... this league is gonna be a biggest sh*t thing of 2020
2020-02-05 16:44
Germany cTm|oNe
Who cares, FACEIT is from UK so is out from EU.
2020-02-05 17:31
nt thorin, b site sucks and is a tier 2 league esl pro tour and blast premier r so much better
2020-02-05 17:50
This is gonna flop so hard
2020-02-05 18:58
Brazil bandicoot
we dont believe that trying to create a monopoly is a good idea but lets try it anyway
2020-02-05 21:11
lets try this one
2020-02-05 21:17
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