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. and 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:

August 15, NA - sign up
August 22, NA - sign up
August 15, EU - sign up
August 22, EU - sign up

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.

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Norway m3r0
2020-08-01 23:31
France Garow_
2020-08-01 23:32
10 replies
Germany Jermen
2020-08-01 23:33
5 replies
Cambodia retard2k
nt EU but unless you live in NA you don’t have a shot
2020-08-01 23:36
4 replies
2020-08-02 00:15
Germany AdiZen
I dont understand why esl sees na equal as eu even tho theres a huge difference
2020-08-02 04:54
2 replies
Cambodia retard2k
Just goes to show how strong a country Bra71l is
2020-08-02 06:10
1 reply
Germany AdiZen
ye furia is strong mibr is fine
2020-08-02 13:53
Nothe "Doing better at this game than you bud, but keep talking"
2020-08-01 23:53
3 replies
Hahahaha <3
2020-08-02 02:44
1 reply
2020-08-02 07:23
Danish "I'm actually Canadian" Allana
2020-08-02 02:51
United Kingdom Multiplism
2020-08-01 23:32
Germany Proofenemy
2020-08-01 23:33
Lmaooo steel idea hahaha big win for Josh Nissan
2020-08-01 23:33
1 reply
for some reason this was the first thing that came to my head
2020-08-02 01:22
2020-08-01 23:33
2020-08-01 23:45
Switzerland x676
2020-08-02 00:00
best of one???!1!
2020-08-02 01:51
nohte you finally did it you glorious bastard
2020-08-02 02:15
absolute POGGERS
2020-08-02 02:52
ez for poland
2020-08-02 03:28
Bulgaria goshyy
Time to make some money! 😎👍
2020-08-02 04:10
Turkey oG_Hostile
What rank I have to be in ESEA to sign up?
2020-08-02 05:27
3 replies
I think it's open
2020-08-02 07:22
At least mge
2020-08-02 12:02
1 reply
Gold nova 3 is enough my friend
2020-08-02 12:04
United States Phamous3k
Gotta bring some kind of life into NA CS... Shit need more of stuff like this
2020-08-02 07:25
good change
2020-08-02 12:32
Nice, great, maybe I will try myself in this tourney.
2020-08-02 12:57
new hackercup,nice
2020-08-02 14:45
Finally removed the prize money from Rank G. This was long overdue. Never could understand why they were pissing away $150k a year on mediocre players who generate no revenue or viewership.
2020-08-02 15:37
Esea definitely stepping up their game
2020-08-02 16:03
Esea definitely stepping up their game
2020-08-02 16:03
Esea definitely stepping up their game
2020-08-02 16:03
Esea definitely stepping up their game
2020-08-02 16:09
Just DingIt 2 will be full of cheaters
2020-08-02 17:52
Denmark N1nQa
Great job
2020-08-02 23:30
steal my bitcoins and double charge me esea daddy
2020-08-03 06:20
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