FURIA, BIG, Heroic enter Louvre Agreement partnership with ESL in $20 million deal*

Fifteen organizations are now in official partnership with the biggest CS:GO tournament organizer.

Update: FURIA and BIG have entered the partnership with immediate effect, while Heroic's will start in the second half of 2022 due to the disruption caused by ESIC's inquiry into the organization and some of its players. The release says that will give Heroic ample time to enable the new leadership to adequately address the outcome of the investigation and implement their new strategies and standards.

ESL has announced that Heroic, FURIA, and BIG have been inducted into the list of teams who have entered into a partnership with the tournament organizer by signing the 'Louvre Agreement.' The three organizations' bids to enter the agreement totaled almost $20 million, according to the release.

By entering the partnership, the three organizations will have a permanent spot in the long-lasting ESL Pro League and share in profits of the league as well as other ESL Pro Tour competitions, which also have a certain amount of slots allotted to the 'Member' teams who signed the Louvre Agreement.

The three team organizations have joined 12 others who had signed the agreement when it was first revealed back in February 2020. At the time, 100 Thieves were also part of the agreement as the 13th team, before the Los Angeles-based organization withdrew from Counter-Strike late last year.

A Request for Proposals was launched in March to fill the void left after 100 Thieves, a process that was meant to be finalized in time for ESL Pro League Season 14 but only came to a conclusion after the season took place, as over 40 parties applied for the partnership.

"When we started this process back in March, we were inundated with expressions of interest from over 40 ventures in CS:GO, esports more generally and even those currently not operating in the space," ESL Pro League Commissioner Alex Inglot has stated.

"This marked an encouraging start and we have now come to the end of our journey; with the 13 existing Members overwhelmingly appreciating the rigour and objectivity of the process, as well as the calibre of the three teams that have been approved: BIG, Furia and Heroic."

According to the release, the three newest organizations to enter the agreement made both financial (adding up to a total of almost $20 million) and non-financial commitments to ESL to earn their place among the Members.

"These teams and their investors have recognised the value of what we are building with the ESL Pro League project," Inglot said. "The fact that they have put down such significant bids (with financial and non-financial components to each) shows they see real stable governance and growing value, that puts us on a par with other top-tier investment opportunities in esports or sports."

The following 15 organizations are now in partnership with ESL as part of the Louvre Agreement:

#1
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Germany MTD3
ez
2021-10-21 11:27
15 replies
Bro imagine being 100T owner, paying 7 million to play in ESL tournaments and leaving counterstrike afterwards, 3head moment
2021-10-21 13:38
13 replies
#132
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Yugoslavia seeeed
Small expense for the owner i guess
2021-10-21 13:56
1 reply
#157
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Brazil |witcher|
Nobody likes to lose money, especially the rich
2021-10-21 14:58
I think Nadeshot is so rich that it doesn't matters to him.
2021-10-21 14:08
2 replies
the way to be rich is to care about winning money and holding it right. not cheap but smart. if you saw the rich people you know they care about 1 dollar in their company or their job but they don't care when they spend 1000$ on a single dinner
2021-10-21 16:38
clearly it does matter when he cheaped out on getting the renegades team over the better at the time nrg team
2021-10-22 00:10
Does nadeshot look like a clever guy to you?
2021-10-21 14:22
2 replies
+1
2021-10-21 16:51
#229
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North America wizQ
Idk but he’s done everything on his own so, you tell me.👍
2021-10-22 00:52
Wdym pay 7m? Esl is paying teams to stay on their tournaments
2021-10-21 14:36
1 reply
2021-10-21 16:51
Pls be quiet you dont know what you're talking about >:(
2021-10-21 14:58
1 reply
nt nadsehto
2021-10-21 15:59
didnt he just sell his slot?
2021-10-21 16:29
IMAGINE GAMBOTS LEFT OUTSIDE
2021-10-21 17:16
#2
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Finland iBait
OG seemingly not being willing to invest ~7 million dollars to become an ESL partner team is pretty worrying
2021-10-21 11:29
26 replies
#10
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Serbia eliiiiii_
bro if the biggest investment they've been willing to make while struggling is the danish niko who was wanted by zero teams, this is not surprising whatsoever
2021-10-21 11:29
7 replies
They kicked NBK for him :(
2021-10-21 11:33
4 replies
becasue NBKindamakingmyigljobharder wanted to overthrow sexyB, kick issaa, bring back scream and smithzz and have valde and mantu as his side bitches. True fanfiction story 👍👍👍
2021-10-21 13:05
3 replies
Seems like nbk was right, og is playing so shit atm
2021-10-21 13:57
2 replies
he always is , but no one stays on his side... imagine not beliving in the guy that won the most on the french scene
2021-10-21 16:15
1 reply
+1
2021-10-21 18:33
+1
2021-10-21 12:14
XDD you bodied that fraud
2021-10-21 13:07
They gave us sports psychologist, no more money until at least 2024
2021-10-21 11:32
don't worry, if they win TI next year it's going to happen
2021-10-21 11:32
Read the article first bro "over 40 parties applied for the partnership" who knows if they didn't apply or not
2021-10-21 11:32
1 reply
#29
i am | 
Finland iBait
i think you misunderstood my comment
2021-10-21 11:47
It's not surprising at all though. They could've made a better team after kicking ISSAA and NBK but ultimately got cheap replacements, just like how they initially got mantuu instead of poizon.
2021-10-21 11:32
2 replies
#34
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Indonesia ryeza
I mean look at poizon now, mantuu is in a way better state than him
2021-10-21 11:42
To be fair pozion was apparently offered insane money by JLake. He days away from signing when JLake called him and offered him an insane amount of money.
2021-10-21 15:04
#31
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Poland Karti20
OG as org overall - does not want to do it. It is against their standing... remember that OG is a dota 2 player created org - since dota is against franchise contacts like that, they don't want to break their own standings trust me - OG has the money for it, this is just against their own rules
2021-10-21 11:40
7 replies
#33
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Finland iBait
IIRC there were some reports of OG being in talks with both Flashpoint and ESL around the time they joined CS
2021-10-21 11:44
OG are a BLAST partner team though?
2021-10-21 11:47
1 reply
BOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!
2021-10-21 11:50
yeah, trust this polish farmer!!! he knows what he is talking aboooOoOoOooOOOOOUUUTHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhhhh
2021-10-21 11:49
OG was created by xPeke, former fnatic midlaner in League of Legends.
2021-10-21 12:13
2 replies
???? xPeke created Origen, OG was created by dota2 players N0tail & Ceb
2021-10-21 12:49
1 reply
N0tail&fly
2021-10-21 15:17
Og are a really rich org but at the same time poor, they arent willing to dish out money. Thats the reason they signed niko and mantuu. They were cheap and good
2021-10-21 12:51
1 reply
#159
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Finland iBait
Right but being a Louvre team is probably the best way for an org to profit off of CS right now. If OG aren't willing to invest in to that then who knows how serious they are about staying in CS
2021-10-21 14:59
coz OG is know what they are doing kappa
2021-10-21 16:52
#3
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Germany MTD3
rip flashpoint though
2021-10-21 11:27
fuck franchised leagues
2021-10-21 11:27
7 replies
#178
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Sweden piCt
Agreed. If it were not for "partnership" in franchise leagues, we would have a universal ranking and no rmr bs tournaments would have to be played.
2021-10-21 15:43
5 replies
I liked minors so much back in the days. Franchise leagues just kill tier 3 scene :(
2021-10-21 15:51
4 replies
ffs sounds so wrong but you get it
2021-10-21 15:52
3 replies
#184
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Sweden piCt
Yes. I mean - all decent tournaments could have given "rmr" points, and all tournaments could have had importance (that way the t3 scene could climb the ladder all year long). Each season could more or less be one big league, that ended in a major. I do like ESL productions tho. But this last months have shown how incredibly oring the viewer experince can get when we have a separate cirquit for the majors/rmr ranknings.
2021-10-21 16:00
2 replies
yeah, ESL and BLAST are good productions but honestly it gets stale without ELEAGUE, StarLadder, old DreamHack
2021-10-21 16:03
1 reply
#194
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Vietnam 1VieTCoNg
Dreamhack and ESL work together Edit:I am blind and didn’t see that u said OLD dreamhack
2021-10-21 16:18
not really a franchise league. coz competing teams cab play in other leagues not hosted by esl
2021-10-21 16:55
#5
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Bulgaria alekscho89
ez
2021-10-21 11:28
one step closer more franchising one step closer killing tier 2 scene
2021-10-21 11:28
5 replies
inshaallah
2021-10-21 12:10
>Profit >thriving Tier 2 scene pick one
2021-10-21 13:06
How more time do you want cs t1 orgs lose millions every year, you want then all to leave?????
2021-10-21 13:35
2 replies
I would rather have 0 org support than have franchising. Franchising means scene is dead in 3 years 100%
2021-10-21 14:24
1 reply
How this even made in your brain? No orgs = no chance to living from cs = no scene Esl still circuit open anyteam can qual to any esl event amd pro league but some org have their spot and their profit easy as that srly what happen with you guys lmao
2021-10-21 17:13
tldr?
2021-10-21 11:28
6 replies
#90
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Poland Karti20
framchised leauges are destroing smaller evenets or tier 2 etc etc this is just bad for esport scene overall - look at esport scenes made wholy for franchises - lol or overwatch...
2021-10-21 12:37
5 replies
#106
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United States Phamous3k
These companies have to find some kind of way to make money lol. There’s a reason the NA scene (very rich orgs) just packed up & left. We get it… Hurts the tier2 scene but, it’ll really hurt if orgs weren’t involved at all.
2021-10-21 13:12
Its different in LoL, LCS or LEC doesnt have tier2 teams who are good coming from behind, you have academy or other leagues where young talent can show up and get picked up by LCS teams.
2021-10-21 13:29
2 replies
Which is a bad system for competition but you can't deny that lolesports is doing pretty well right now
2021-10-21 13:40
1 reply
I dont think this is bad for LoL scene to be honest, actually fits the system there pretty well. Sometimes you wont even have 10 good teams, so whats the point of 1000 available teams? In CS, the game is different and sometimes tier2 teams can upset so we should give them chances.
2021-10-21 14:20
LoL is the most popular esports discipline, wtf are you talking about? And most of the big investors are looking at LoL first not for no reason. Overwatch could be good if not two things: game itself is boring to watch + Blizzard immediately created closed franchise league for huge price of entering instead of waiting for couple of years to let esports scene to establish first and have stable scene.
2021-10-21 17:27
Hmm I dont know if I like that
2021-10-21 11:29
damn
2021-10-21 11:29
#11
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Poland xMBTx
Heroic? Oh these crocodile tears were worth 20 mil bucks
2021-10-21 11:30
1 reply
7m, 20m from all 3 teams
2021-10-21 12:52
Big drama when BLAST tried to make franchised league but when ESL does essentially the same thing its ok? Fucking hypocrites
2021-10-21 11:31
2 replies
I'm pretty sure a lot of people called out ESL on this though? If I remember correctly even Valve stepped in and told them directly that they do not want to see a franchise league otherwise they would not help with licensing
2021-10-21 14:51
1 reply
Also, NA's downfall could first be attributed to the changes they made in EPL format, which favoured permanent teams like now. If anything, ESL has been criticized way more than Blast ever did
2021-10-21 14:53
More franchise teams, less open slots, sad
2021-10-21 11:33
And this is why we'll keep getting the same Top-Tier teams over and over again. Tier2 scene really suffers, because unlike partner teams, they have to keep grinding and compete for even lesser spots...
2021-10-21 11:33
9 replies
#48
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CIS ShimonSS
But most of the time when some new team qualifies somewhere, people are crying about wasted spot, cheating, and so on Plus t2 teams still have many tournaments organized for them by smaller operators, so it should be fine
2021-10-21 11:52
6 replies
The prize money of lower tier events is not enough to make the orgs stay in the scene lol. Either the scene needs to be bigger in terms of sponsorships and audience, or more teams need to be given opportunities. If the scene gets smaller, and also more franchised, Tier2 will definitely suffer.
2021-10-21 12:14
5 replies
if more t2 teams get in t1 tournaments people will cry like babys about there team losing to them, just look at what this shit comunity did to akuma
2021-10-21 12:32
you what mate? tier-2 scene right now have best scene, online era give so much for little orgs, you dont have to trevel somewhere to attend LAN, back in days some tier-2-3 couldnt attend event without trevel support, and right now there is a lot 50-100k events with full of tier-2 team only even some 100-250k events with just 1 or 2 kinda tier-1.5 team like VP, no one from vitality navi astralis heroic attend such events, while few years ago we have same finals at major final and some 100k dreamhack open(luminosity(sk) vs navi) Also kinda all ESL events have open qual if you good enough you have a chance same goes for major even blast, yea partership give less chance you to qualify and to be fair some qual team > parters but if you not good enough to qualify you not good enough to attend that event just deal with it
2021-10-21 12:36
3 replies
Couldn't have said it better 👍
2021-10-21 13:12
+1
2021-10-21 15:34
+1
2021-10-21 20:50
#81
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Europe Kephea
+1 it makes me mad. poor always loses. it's literally capitalism. we many times saw tier1 teams beaten in closed or open qualifiers by tier2-3 teams. yet, tier2-3 teams will continue to suffer in shit tournaments.
2021-10-21 12:29
1 reply
One good thing majors do at least, few t2 teams broke out thanks to the RMR and took spots from t1 teams that were truly less deserving
2021-10-21 12:56
What's this agreement does it give any benefits/privileges to this orgs
2021-10-21 11:33
9 replies
Ye invites to EPL and like 2-3 other esl tournaments per year no matter your ranking
2021-10-21 11:36
7 replies
#45
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Kazakhstan Avantc7
Sad for these orgs cuz actually no tier-1 ESL event left other than EPL anymore, even ESL One Cologne rebranded into IEM brand, the agreement doesn’t even apply to IEM events
2021-10-21 11:50
#51
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Kazakhstan Avantc7
ENCE is ESL partnered team but they qualified to IEM Winter through closed qualifier
2021-10-21 11:53
5 replies
IEM is part of the agreement however as i said only a few guaranteed invites per year, fnatic for examplegot invite to epl and iem summer
2021-10-21 12:07
4 replies
#79
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Kazakhstan Avantc7
Fnatic also qualified for IEM Winter through the closed qualifier wdym
2021-10-21 12:28
#95
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Kazakhstan Avantc7
I am 100% sure IEM is not part of the agreement. Teams qualify for IEM Summer/Winter/USA/China (and other events with 250k price pool) via the ESL ranking and for IEM Katowice/Cologne through the ESL Pro Tour ranking(EPT Points) Note that ESL ranking =/= ESL pro tour
2021-10-21 12:52
2 replies
hltv.org/events/5219/iem-summer-2021 as you can see fnatic and eg got invites despite being no even top 25
2021-10-21 13:21
1 reply
#134
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Kazakhstan Avantc7
Yeah I see but I wonder how come fnatic/mouse/ence didn’t get invited for the winter season directly. Anyways no team will get free invites to the biggest events Katowice/Cologne cuz every single team have to gain EPT points on their own to qualify for either main stage or play-in
2021-10-21 14:03
Being a partner is the only way they could get into ESL tournaments even if theyre not doing well
2021-10-21 14:07
#21
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United Kingdom Tseden
Gambit broke or too confident in themselves to get invited everytime?
2021-10-21 11:34
10 replies
#26
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Poland Kobel_
7 million dollars is not something your average esports org not located in the UK/Nordics/US/Western Europe is willing and capable of investing
2021-10-21 11:36
9 replies
#30
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United Kingdom Tseden
Yh but Gambit is not average org though
2021-10-21 11:39
8 replies
#36
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Russia M31F
perhaps they do not want to participate in ESL schemes, for which they are respected
2021-10-21 11:44
They literally are tho
2021-10-21 11:45
5 replies
#56
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Kazakhstan Avantc7
Gambit is literally owned by MTS, by one of the biggest/richest companies in CIS
2021-10-21 11:57
3 replies
#209
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Poland Kobel_
7 million is still a shitload of money. Just because their parent company theoretically can afford it doesn't mean they want to invest as much in the esports team
2021-10-21 17:43
2 replies
#222
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Kazakhstan Avantc7
I just wanted to let him know that Gambit is not that “average” or poor org and that they could have bought the slot easily if they wanted to. But gambit gonna get invited to EPL and smaller IEM events via ESL ranking anyway, and each and every team is in the same conditions when it comes to qualifying for Katowice/Cologne no matter if you’re partner team or not, so the agreement is kinda pointless. I’m rather looking forward to Gambit-Blast partnership, cuz Blasts circuit with the only partnered teams participating in the main group stages is absolutely shit and unfair for non-partnered teams
2021-10-21 20:37
1 reply
#225
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Poland Kobel_
+1
2021-10-21 21:20
Gambit is #1 in valo and #2 in cs thats not an average org
2021-10-21 12:08
If their academy team was so once in a lifetime talented they wouldn't even be in this conversation
2021-10-21 11:52
#22
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Poland Kobel_
Yeah having rotation of like 2 teams top in every tournament due to franchises is so interesting It's good at least RMR tournaments are not affected by this thing
2021-10-21 11:34
Why « Louvre agreement »?
2021-10-21 11:34
3 replies
because it is a scheme (louvre is pyramid)
2021-10-21 13:38
2 replies
Lol
2021-10-21 13:45
#144
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Indonesia segopecel
nice
2021-10-21 14:24
paying $20M to play in ESL? Why not just retire with the money...
2021-10-21 11:35
2 replies
#27
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Azerbaijan djwanksta
Sticker money + sponsor money > ~7 million
2021-10-21 11:38
#140
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Ireland reyno0o
Because the people who understand the finances are smarter than me and you. Also €20 million is the three teams combined.
2021-10-21 14:19
#28
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Asia flipflop
Why 100t left cs?? coz what I heard they were among the few orgs who were running in profit.
2021-10-21 11:38
2 replies
This might be true actually!
2021-10-21 11:41
Because they are clothing brand not an esports org. Also apparently spendinf 25 million for spot in CDL makes more sense
2021-10-21 11:55
#35
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Russia M31F
it's just shit in every sense
2021-10-21 11:42
isnt this basically just super league but for cs?
2021-10-21 11:45
3 replies
#58
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Sweden Addeyry
No because other teams can qualify as well
2021-10-21 12:04
2 replies
Other teams can qualify for football superleague aswell but only like 4-5 of them. This is same as football super league, and it's terrible for CS, makes me sad for tier 2-3 teams, they will never be able to participate in S-tier tournaments because they don't have millions.
2021-10-21 12:27
1 reply
yeah exactly my thinking, same exact premise as super league, guaranteed spots for orgs who pay big money is stupid, the days of 1.6 where navi rolled out of nowhere into s tier tournaments and won them are sadly gone, now have millions or dont get anywhere
2021-10-21 21:15
What a shame that we are turning into a franchised model...
2021-10-21 11:47
That's so cool! Kill the scene even more, please!
2021-10-21 11:48
Money money money
2021-10-21 11:50
#46
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Portugal dracø
oh look another franchise same teams playing over and over again, while the t2 teams get less and less chances to prove themselves and improve
2021-10-21 11:51
#47
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Slovakia Daev0n
Valve needs to step in.
2021-10-21 11:52
7 replies
Never have, never will
2021-10-21 13:33
6 replies
#131
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Slovakia Daev0n
It's different when the community wants Valve to step in on minor disputes. This is literally ESL taking over the CS:GO scene so if Valve don't step in now, then IDK.
2021-10-21 13:55
5 replies
#163
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Denmark Danny D3
It happened a lot longer than a year ago...? This is just 3 additional teams added.
2021-10-21 15:04
4 replies
#165
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Slovakia Daev0n
Yes, and the more teams ESL gets, the less teams other TO's can work with.
2021-10-21 15:06
3 replies
#186
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Denmark Danny D3
But clearly that isn't how you first interpreted it.
2021-10-21 16:03
2 replies
#187
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Slovakia Daev0n
Taking over CS:GO scene = contracting all top tier teams
2021-10-21 16:04
1 reply
#189
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Denmark Danny D3
"This is literally ESL taking over the CS:GO scene so if Valve don't step in -now-, then IDK." My point is that this happened more than a year ago. You're saying that Valve should do something NOW, while I'm trying to point out that they should have done something in February last year to make any sort of logic whatsoever. You clearly misinterpreted the news.
2021-10-21 16:05
#50
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Poland sznycel901
nice
2021-10-21 11:53
ESL scraping out one the biggest advantages that csgo had with open circuit... shame
2021-10-21 11:54
6 replies
esea premier still exists or what
2021-10-21 12:06
5 replies
1 spot where you have to win 24748 matches to advance
2021-10-21 12:12
4 replies
no there is 6 spots now with ESL conference
2021-10-21 12:13
3 replies
oh right I see, but what will happen to teams who dont play esea nor are partners or had succes in last pro league like Sinners, Movistar or OG? They will need to extend their team list in esl pro league to 28?
2021-10-21 12:19
2 replies
They won't expand they literally cut it down in 2020 to kill a lot of teams even after they qualified
2021-10-21 12:59
well sinners fell off and i mean if you don't play esea its up to you because its available for almost every region. You don't get to play every event just because you qualified for one.
2021-10-21 13:15
#54
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Nepal sasukeee
Gambit ????
2021-10-21 11:56
this game between 10 teams?
2021-10-21 11:57
#57
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Romania wadd
Cool
2021-10-21 12:02
So we already reached a point of FIFA money machine. Can't wait for dozens of leagues with the same teams, no matter how good they actually are and Tier 2&3 teams struggling to get any slots for those events. Tournament organizers for Tier 2 will lose their incent to produce because of viewership and sponsoring drifting towards ESL events. I am sure that this agreement prevents the participating teams from playing in other (probably lower tier) leagues and tournaments because of advertisement obligations and scheduling. I guess we will see bread and circus Counter-Strike like we already have in Football, completely detached from the actual player base, Tier 1 teams sucking up any talent because they are the only ones that can afford the buyouts and salaries of competitors.
2021-10-21 12:05
Wait so this is kind of a super league? Like they were trying to do in football, always the same teams? No chance for t2 and newcomers. Yeah... f that. What a circle jerk
2021-10-21 12:06
it's good to see new partner teams always, it seems exclusive but in some way actually proves that if you succeed for long enough on the open circuit you can grab yourself one of these spots
2021-10-21 12:08
#65
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Portugal Lost_fly
ESL: We will provide with leagues to small teams to make the climb to pro! also ESL: We will partener with all T1 teams and give 2 spots per season by scene to small teams, kekw csgo needs a comp, besides the major, where every team enters by own merit, i understand that they need money but this is the real csgo killer! In case of pro league they could do a system where 13-15 teams are invited by the esl ranking system and then leagues
2021-10-21 12:10
1 reply
I dunno if you remember but 2019 ESL wanted a full close league a whole franchise. That means no free tournament circus-like in LoL. But Valve yeah valve said they will not allow that.
2021-10-21 12:36
wait wait wait Why did Complexity sign this deal even tho their roster is falling apart? I dont think they will stay together as a team much longer so this seems like a waste.
2021-10-21 12:10
1 reply
#99
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Portugal Lost_fly
money makes the world go round
2021-10-21 13:00
BIG mistake to take in tier 2 clan
2021-10-21 12:13
1 reply
They have EG in so draw your conclusions
2021-10-21 12:19
100t still apart of it until they pulled outta cs ????
2021-10-21 12:21
Need OG, Virtus.Pro, Gambit, mibr & Mad Lions
2021-10-21 12:25
what about gambit???
2021-10-21 12:28
2 replies
as gambit would invest millions for 1 league lul. They aren't that stupid.
2021-10-21 12:35
1 reply
#166
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Denmark Danny D3
Yeah, better to lose to tier2 teams in random invitationals.
2021-10-21 15:06
imagine EG being partner and Gambit not, lmao
2021-10-21 12:31
1 reply
thats also what came to my mind immediately... they should fight for every main event spot throughout qualification from now on!
2021-10-21 15:45
Hmmmmm smells like American sports/Overwatch League Me no likey.
2021-10-21 12:32
where is gambit
2021-10-21 12:33
"non-financial commitments" What are this?? can literally everything from hooker through to a ps5.
2021-10-21 12:35
Finally FURIA
2021-10-21 12:40
And with that the smaller teams will keep being just companies that sells players to the big orgs. Sad that qualifying for how good you play is not a thing anymore
2021-10-21 12:56
2 replies
There are still 4 spots for the mdl winners and 5 spots for invites from the world ranking
2021-10-21 13:46
1 reply
3 for mdl, 3 for epl conference and 4 for world ranking
2021-10-21 19:43
#100
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Sweden DonGatsby
EG are here but not OG, what a joke
2021-10-21 13:05
What is becoming of cs. Soon only franchised tournaments and barely open slots for qualifier
2021-10-21 13:08
ez4Akkari & ez4Jaime
2021-10-21 13:14
RIP fair competition
2021-10-21 13:16
2 replies
#110
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Algeria MagnumDz
+1
2021-10-21 13:18
I'm happy for BIG but kinda lame when you always see the same teams at these tournaments. No chance for small orgs anymore
2021-10-21 13:41
CS:GO is not a circle jerk!!
2021-10-21 13:20
#113
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Brazil pasinato
Finally furia has its permanent slot thanks god
2021-10-21 13:27
#117
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Norway fuxzer
make the big teams bigger and help them to stay at the top, is that really the way? what about the underdog stories?
2021-10-21 13:36
2 replies
+1
2021-10-21 13:41
There are still so many slots for underdog teams. If we are speaking about EPL, these three teams would be there anyways with their HLTV ranking. And I think everyone wants to see the best teams in these tier 1 tournaments. And I dont wanna see teams like BnB and Team One going 0-5 in every EPL they are qualifying. What an absolut underdog story.
2021-10-21 14:16
Ez moneys
2021-10-21 13:36
It's the European Union all over again!
2021-10-21 13:37
Hltv are avg low iq Complaining about this is really stupid Every cs t1 org openly said that they lose money every yearin their cs team (hoping to something like this to make it profitable) , Esl is trying to solve that but keeping place for lower teams to get spots Do you all want to cs orgs finally leave for valo in the next 2 years When riot fully franchise it so org can make money or what, fools
2021-10-21 13:42
1 reply
that is what i was thinking big orgs already saying that they are not winning money, and this is the best mid point because els really wanted to make all the spots to partners teams in the begining but valve said no
2021-10-21 18:42
wtf 20 million for 3 permanent spots in EPL? And ppl said the 2 million for a flashpoint spot was too high lul
2021-10-21 13:44
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2 million for flashpoint was too high because flashpoint was a joke, just look what happened to it. ESL have been reliable TOs in the scene for years and years, teams can be sure that the esl pro league will be a thing for many years to come
2021-10-21 13:48
So this why esic didnt ban heroic. What a start it would have been if one of the teams get banned before this even starts.
2021-10-21 14:05
7 replies
That's what I talked about in hltv.org/news/32580/esic-apply-minor-san..
2021-10-21 14:26
4 replies
You are wise man :)
2021-10-21 14:35
3 replies
Man, it's tough to right those comments, cuz hltv admins delete them 9 / 10. So yeah, you know how it works, right?
2021-10-22 22:33
2 replies
If they delete those comments that just proves you are right
2021-10-22 23:29
1 reply
it sound a bit pompously, but at the same time what is the reason then? I don't swear or use some not tolerant words. It's just my point of view, but somehow it is always deleted. Maybe it just a fact that they don't want to admit?
2021-10-22 23:44
It's the other way around. esl waited for heroic to get cleared by esic before announcing their franchise additions. Had heroic been found guilty on a large scale they would have gotten cut by esl
2021-10-21 14:58
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they wouldn't, cuz before that the contract was signed. And if they were banned, ESL couldn't give them permission to participate because of community and that would be the case when they should give Heroic they money back. So it's better to share some amount of money with ESIC instead of giving them back.
2021-10-22 22:37
Good job ESL. We definitely need these bug abusers to every tournament. Just +Furia, but we dont need Bug Clan and Heroic. In 2022 we also need KQLY and Forsaken for sure. Sry, Akuma too ofc.
2021-10-21 14:08
1 reply
Name checks out
2021-10-21 15:12
Great news. Capital investment in the scene is a good thing. We'll see most of this passed down through the scene in future events
2021-10-21 14:29
Flashpoint meanwhile: Dead
2021-10-21 14:31
who cars
2021-10-21 14:43
#152
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United States iamZNDR
EG lol tier 3 team
2021-10-21 14:48
For shame
2021-10-21 14:59
Source ?
2021-10-21 15:00
#161
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Sweden Akoulad
Allowing cheatRoic ...
2021-10-21 15:00
#162
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Portugal n0xiv4
CS SuperLeague KEKW Imagine making a partnership with a team that can't win anything rn in NA and would be absolutely wrecked in tier 3 EU cs. LUL
2021-10-21 15:03
1 reply
Like Arsenal in the Super League lol
2021-10-21 15:18
#168
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Sweden suriel666
Heroic LOL
2021-10-21 15:14
#171
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Sweden S3bluen
Sounds exactly like the European Super League controversy to me.
2021-10-21 15:25
So thats basically mean that we will watch dead teams like CoL, EG, BIG etc. in every ESL tournament? Shame because solid teams like Cph Flames or Lyngby Vikings will never get a chance to break into tier 1 simply because some 5 talentless bots team (like EG) paid for slot CS:GO = Pay2Win
2021-10-21 15:27
1 reply
#176
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Germany X5ander
i am happy for my boyz, but your point is also correct. In the future 15 of 24 spots are blocked, with the possibility, that a few of them are normally unable to reach the ProLeague through qualification.
2021-10-21 15:35
#173
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Germany X5ander
congrats to my boyz, i love it !
2021-10-21 15:29
nice....
2021-10-21 15:33
great stuff
2021-10-21 15:54
I really dont know if this is positive for competition... Free spots for the same teams in every tournament its not good, also they are concentrating money on 3 teams, which can lead to unbalanced matches... shame.
2021-10-21 15:57
2 replies
true, paying to play t1 tourneys instead of having to go throught qualification like the tier 2 teams have to... not fair in my eyes.
2021-10-21 16:16
your org pays for your invites === you play on every tier-1 tournament === you get a lot of points if you win at least a couple of matches === you have top rating in world rankins === you get more invites because of it. Your team (without a rich org which can buy you a slot) plays better than most of them === you can't show yourself === you can't reach top of ratings cuz you don't play in "tier-1 events" (in quotes cuz now it's not tier-1 anymore and it's never been) === you won't receive future invites. To be fair, this system is not new, it was around for years even before they announced such partners system. That's why many of current top orgs not on they deserved place in this world ranking. We need fair events with transparent system to understand who plays good at the moment and not in a money bubble. They get money right here and right now, but in perspective they dig a hole for themselves and the whole ecosystem. Good job, have a good profit.
2021-10-22 11:20
but....Gambit???
2021-10-21 16:05
#190
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United Kingdom b00ka
wow thats a lot of money
2021-10-21 16:09
GAMBIT? HELLO? wHAT IS THIS BULLSHIT? pay to play tier 1 tournaments... instead of being on the tourneys because they won qualifications...
2021-10-21 16:16
1 reply
might not want too or not ready yet
2021-10-21 17:48
Well, these are sort of the top stable teams in the world, so fair enough.
2021-10-21 16:33
Finally FURIA will be able to provide some competition to Liquid
2021-10-21 16:34
BIG should play open qualifier
2021-10-21 16:35
Good side: more investments +$ , TERRIBLE side: same teams. I wonder if we we will end up seeing a bunch of washed up teams playing on major leagues for long time.
2021-10-21 17:12
yay to franchises (no)
2021-10-21 17:14
#211
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France PP_Bizon
Wondering what gambit is up to in all this
2021-10-21 18:07
1 reply
They don't want to waste money. Makes sense because most events are now gonna be on LAN.
2021-10-21 19:53
very nice
2021-10-21 19:53
Stopped reading at heroic
2021-10-21 19:55
complexity and mouz is so bad, godsent,og,entropic and virtus pro is better
2021-10-21 19:58
-Louvre +Hermitage confirmed
2021-10-21 20:18
= buying your spot
2021-10-21 21:20
Big drama when BLAST tried to make franchised league but when ESL does essentially the same thing its ok? Fucking hypocrites
2021-10-21 22:08
FURIA 🐾🐾🐾🐾
2021-10-22 01:09
furia 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
2021-10-22 02:28
pls stop franchise leagues!
2021-10-22 08:36
#234
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Japan KotpeHead
What a fucking league of shit
2021-10-22 18:53
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