ESEA announces 5v5 Cash Cups featuring $16,000 in prizes
European and North American players will be able to compete for a $3,000 first-place prize twice per month in their respective regions, with the first Cash Cup taking place on August 15.
The discussion around the issues in ESEA and FACEIT has been a prominent talking point in the scene for a while, with players, broadcast talent and the community all voicing their concerns for the platforms and advocating for change. HLTV.org and Dust2.us writer Danish "Nohte" Allana had brought the concept of a bi-monthly open-entry tournament to light in May in an article highlighting the significance it would have on the grassroots scene.
ESEA has responded to the community's feedback with the creation of Cash Cups, which will be held twice a month in Europe and North America, with $4,000 up for contention in both regions. The Cash Cups will also feature open GOTV to enable up-and-coming broadcasters to develop their skills, gain valuable experience and showcase their talents.
The first Summer Cash Cup, which is open to all ESEA Premium and Insider players, will kick off on August 15 and run over the course of the weekend, in which a best-of-one format will be utilised until two participants are left standing. The top two sides will then square off with two invited teams in a best-of-three bracket on the final day to determine the victor, with $3,000 going to the champions and $1,000 to the runner-up.
The second tournament will start a week later on August 22, with more information for future Autumn, Winter and Spring Cash Cups to be revealed at a later date.
Teams can sign up for the Summer Cash Cups below:
Alongside the launch of the bi-monthly Cash Cups, ESEA has reworked Rank S and G and introduced transparency on Matchmaking Rating (MMR). Players will no longer have to endure a qualification process to secure promotion (or avoid demotion) as ranking up to Rank S and G will solely rely on achieving the required MMR and will not be impacted by other's judgements.
A player's MMR will now be given a numeric value to showcase how close they are to ranking up or down, with all current Rank G players starting at 7,000 and Rank S players at 8,250. A new point decay system has also been added to penalise inactive players and make matches as even as possible.