ESL and FACEIT merge under new ownership

Two of the largest tournament organizers in CS:GO find themselves part of a deal unprecedented in esports.

ESL and FACEIT, two organizers which have operated the vast majority of the CS:GO calendar throughout the game's history, have been bought by Savvy Gaming Group, it has been announced. The deal, which is worth a combined $1.5B according to a report published by Sports Business Journal, will see the two companies retain their current leadership teams under a new structure.

The deal is expected to be finalized by the second quarter of 2022, the announcement states. According to the ESL FACEIT website, the brands owned by the two companies (FACEIT, DreamHack, ESL, ESEA, and Badlion) will continue to operate as normal.

ESL and FACEIT have hosted some of the most prestigious events in CS:GO

The group responsible for the merger, Savvy Gaming Group, is backed by the Saudia Arabian government's Public Investment Fund and is headed by CEO Brian Ward, previously an Activision Senior VP.

The newly-merged company's website lists a range of initiatives that they will be focusing on, but there are specifically three items of major interest.

Firstly, a statement that one of their "core objectives is to revitalize the North American player base and esports scene for CS:GO," suggesting that investment in the NA scene will be a major part of the organisation's work.

Secondly, the statement discussed a commitment to "develop even stronger anti-cheat programs," explicitly stating that these would be intended to "defend the integrity of top professional LANs." The website also goes on to state that the programs would be free to everyone.

Lastly, the merger promises to provide a "better path to professional play," which includes expanding the FACEIT Pro League (FPL) through things like monthly stipends and hardware support, and supporting partner teams in setting up scouting and development programs.

"Our mission remains unchanged: to create a world where everybody can be somebody," ESL CEO Craig Levine said. "Our merger with FACEIT, along with the backing of SGG, will give us more know-how, capabilities, and resources than ever before to deliver on this vision."

"Whether you are competing or watching, doing so socially or at a professional level, every stage of the pathway will be improved through this merger. For gamers, publishers, and partners, this is a hugely exciting proposition, to be able to take everyone on the journey from your first step into competition to playing on the biggest esports stages globally."

#3
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North America Flightive
WHAT THE FUCK
2022-01-24 23:04
1 reply
#1
2022-01-29 04:04
Will be cool!
2022-01-24 23:04
epic, saudi money rules everything
2022-01-24 23:05
6 replies
+1 Expected that ESL would not care about where the money comes from
2022-01-25 00:32
5 replies
not a fan of the overall thing but it's not like ESL made the move- it was their parent company selling them, they probably didn't have all that much of a choice in the matter.
2022-01-25 02:06
2 replies
True dat
2022-01-25 10:07
#358
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Denmark Ariana
+1 not like mtg was doing good as a company they reported losses almost every year XD
2022-01-25 10:08
#366
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England realmenzz
I mean honestly Saudi money is way shady than Russian money
2022-01-25 10:56
#477
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Malaysia kiyarzaim
I will supporting BLAST and PGL starting Now
2022-01-27 00:46
noice
2022-01-24 23:04
Tf
2022-01-24 23:05
IEM Riyadh
2022-01-24 23:05
4 replies
#31
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Czech Republic CopeXar
+1 xDDDD
2022-01-24 23:08
hahahaha
2022-01-24 23:45
KKKKKKKKK
2022-01-25 11:28
LMAO.... pls cover ur hair and arms and legs
2022-01-27 13:51
Consolidation is not a good thing for players or fans
2022-01-24 23:05
13 replies
Why not? For the top teams/players it might actually mean a less stacked calender with fewer, but way bigger, tournaments in the years to come. Making it easier to prioritize what to attend and get a more streamlined season. For the fans it might raise the level of production, events and level of play. It might not, but making a blanket statement that it's bad seems a little strange to me
2022-01-24 23:14
10 replies
The way I see it the two biggest tournament hosters in the game just got rolled into one entity. That leaves less incentive to compete against each other in events, prize pools etc
2022-01-24 23:17
9 replies
#86
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Slovakia xaboff
Faceit wasn't really hosting anything anymore tbh...
2022-01-24 23:27
8 replies
#108
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Sweden zae
Only hosting your 5v5 lvl 3 cheat-fest 😘
2022-01-24 23:37
1 reply
Sure... get into higher lvl first then you say the open every hack.. get gud they ban people unlike valve
2022-01-25 02:23
True, the Flashpoint concept ended up being too ambitious and sort of fizzled out
2022-01-24 23:38
Ngl no idea how faceit is worth $500m..
2022-01-24 23:44
4 replies
faceit total assets like less then 10mill and revenue like 5 mills a year xD i think thats for esl mostly. or thats the overpayment to sell it. or just a scam to get more :D
2022-01-25 02:26
Standard 10 err no 100 x revenue business evaluation... shh these are Saudis, you might spook them while they can take it back
2022-01-25 06:34
its also about buying a community, many people play faceit and it would be prolly impossible to create your own faceit-like platform and keep it alive, so the easy way is to just buy the biggest pug platform
2022-01-25 07:35
1 reply
yep all pros play faceit
2022-01-26 02:07
#290
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Russia M31F
we already have ESL and Blast with partner teams, nothing will be worse for sure
2022-01-25 06:15
Consolidation can be good, Saudi Arabia will never be good.
2022-01-25 14:37
#11
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Poland coniasty
what does it change
2022-01-24 23:05
5 replies
Read the article, that tends to help
2022-01-24 23:07
#166
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Other 88MPH
ESL's monopoly just got bigger.
2022-01-25 00:20
1 reply
#339
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Poland Fealis_
Good, maybe they will buy PGL too so we will have normal events
2022-01-25 08:52
#337
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Poland Fealis_
Nothing tbh, just allow some conspiracy theories to exist
2022-01-25 08:52
1 reply
#387
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Russia DomRemi
No competition is always bad for endusers, like ourselves
2022-01-25 12:04
and they really think cs is gonna die
2022-01-24 23:05
5 replies
it will die in 2 months
2022-01-24 23:21
4 replies
2 decades maybe, but prolly will never die
2022-01-24 23:42
1 reply
faceit is gone mm is full of cheaters what to do
2022-01-25 09:26
Lmao
2022-01-24 23:45
#365
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Portugal shadakian
Counter-Strike will NEVER die. Even no more updates, even no new versions, even every related company bankrupts... CS fans will find a way to keep playing and competing with it.
2022-01-25 10:48
#13
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New Zealand Iuca5
they better not try shit
2022-01-24 23:05
#14
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Brazil okemas
wtf!
2022-01-24 23:06
what the fuck
2022-01-24 23:06
what the hell?
2022-01-24 23:06
yikes
2022-01-24 23:06
ESL GO TO BRASIL, PLEASE
2022-01-24 23:06
2 replies
Omw you'll meet all the help you can get with them Can't wait to say o choro e livre once this all blows up and kills them
2022-01-25 00:36
#388
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Russia DomRemi
Would be epic!
2022-01-25 12:04
Oh no
2022-01-24 23:06
Newcastle new sponsor
2022-01-24 23:06
3 replies
Can't wait to see them wear their new ESL shirts away vs Barnsley in the Championship next year
2022-01-25 01:16
2 replies
#277
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Australia Roarix
Can't wait for our club to win more titles than you will over the next 15 years now... clown.
2022-01-25 04:54
1 reply
Stopped reading at flag
2022-01-25 21:44
So now esl is partnered with esea and Faceit lol
2022-01-24 23:08
1 reply
#43
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United States ilkym00th
lmao
2022-01-24 23:10
Thoorin and Richard gonna talk so much shit on this lol.
2022-01-24 23:07
1 reply
RL mentioned there is a big saudi deal on the table from months ago in BTN.
2022-01-25 02:35
#23
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Ukraine SlaxerCast
niceo
2022-01-24 23:07
Let's not be pessimistic mens :))) if they keep their word it will be fine
2022-01-24 23:07
I have a question. "Our mission remains unchanged: to create a world where everybody can be somebody", does that include woman too?
2022-01-24 23:07
4 replies
somebody plays on tyloo
2022-01-24 23:41
1 reply
Now we know what Faceit + Esl will actually do... They will not do any cs stuff. They will exterminate all of humanity except tyloo player somebody and then proceed to clone him for the rest of eternity, so that everyone can be somebody :) .
2022-01-25 00:09
#390
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Slovenia GBHIce
*Excluding LGBT and women and anyone that enjoys freedom of speech
2022-01-25 12:21
1 reply
ESL is expanding women's competition as we speak
2022-01-25 16:33
#28
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Turkey TheKaiser
Why yes I like watching ESL events E-Saudi League
2022-01-24 23:08
4 replies
xD
2022-01-24 23:27
Lmao
2022-01-24 23:48
Good one xaxaxaxaxaxa
2022-01-25 00:23
#205
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Slovakia Daev0n
lol
2022-01-25 01:02
CSGO owned by Middle East
2022-01-24 23:08
1 reply
Gabennnn help me
2022-01-25 01:33
#30
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Chile 1cristiaan
wot
2022-01-24 23:08
#32
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New Zealand SkirmishX
lets see how the newly introduced womans league will turn out :D
2022-01-24 23:08
2 replies
#48
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France marponche
2022-01-24 23:13
1 reply
Sad but true
2022-01-25 06:41
expected
2022-01-24 23:09
"Secondly, the statement discussed a commitment to "develop even stronger anti-cheat programs," OH wow. Can they buy Valve as well?
2022-01-24 23:09
1 reply
#208
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United States Shmikeb0b
Thank God someone with impact cares though
2022-01-25 01:07
nice
2022-01-24 23:09
Monopoly
2022-01-24 23:09
Can someone tell around what year we stopped caring about monopolies? Because this is getting silly now.
2022-01-24 23:09
6 replies
#52
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Sweden gNeJS
It Will be a monopoly yes, however nothing prevents anybody else to organize a tournament.
2022-01-24 23:14
4 replies
#70
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Myanmar Burgerape
By implying "nothing" do you mean the deal called Louvre Agreement or?
2022-01-24 23:20
3 replies
#94
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Brazil hugoooo
Multiple orgs plays both ESL and BLAST, for example
2022-01-24 23:30
#130
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Croatia Mirai181
IIRC ESL and Blast both tried to lock in their partnered teams so that they can only play in their leagues/tournament's. But VALVE stepped in and said No.
2022-01-24 23:48
#131
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Sweden gNeJS
Okay my bad its basically NFL at this point. Dont like closed systems in any sport. However it might be what is needed marketing wise to cement counter strike as a permanent factor in Esports.
2022-01-24 23:48
Few decades ago when the food, cable, airline, and just about every major industry started merging into the oligarchy with carved out "territories" we have today. Monopolize regionally, but claim that nationally there are 4 or 5 'competitors' which makes it somehow okay. That kind of huge money influx for mega corps doing that spills into the mindset of every business since it sets a new bar that shareholders want to see. Infinite growth fallacies etc. And here we are now where when someone suggests something other than the current monopoly system you get the response "we cant survive if we dont! we wont make enough money!" when every business everywhere was fine before. /endrant
2022-01-25 09:15
#44
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United Kingdom Tseden
Backed up by saudi arabia lets go
2022-01-24 23:10
W I guess.
2022-01-24 23:11
#46
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United States okuulanda
"The deal is epx" bro finish the article!!!
2022-01-24 23:11
#47
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Netherlands Sem0733
Can't wait for the oil to run out.
2022-01-24 23:12
NICE
2022-01-24 23:13
LULW
2022-01-24 23:13
expected
2022-01-24 23:13
#54
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Sweden gNeJS
I cant tell if this Will kill CS or make it bigger than ever before. Interesting time ahead of US fellows.
2022-01-24 23:15
nice
2022-01-24 23:15
#58
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United States Teztyment
This is good for our SCENE. Why are you guys saying wtf for?
2022-01-24 23:17
6 replies
Saudis owning anything isn't a positive
2022-01-24 23:17
#64
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Belgium bbi
Saudi arabia
2022-01-24 23:17
they care for beta causes like "morality" KEKW
2022-01-24 23:40
-Less competition is never good -The two big matchmaking platforms providers combine. (less competition) -Reduce in potential separate event providers (Faceit becomes Dreamhack essentialy) -Saudi money (unliked regime in the west due abyssmal human records/backwards mentality towards woman/LGBT and dictatorial regime) -commanding this merger is a former Activision exec who is not known as a company that both cares for it's fans/employees and has recently come under fire for historic bad working environment filled with abuses. Want more reasons?
2022-01-25 06:40
2 replies
It's not like competition revolutionized ESL. They kept their standards through the years. Also Saudi money doesn't mean Saudi Arabia laws being imposed on tournaments. LGBT is a shitshow anyway. I agree with the exec being a shell of a human being, but these kind of people will always be on top. More funds are always welcome. Just check how much saudi money propelled PSG and Manchester City and it's not like they have banned women from matches.
2022-01-25 10:30
1 reply
I disagree. While ESL tends to on the more conservative, doing basically the standart for the industry, they have been influenced a lot by other companies (such as E-League, StarLadder, BLAST, PGL) in a variety of things from production to player treatment etc. As the industry standart they´re constantly being pushed by their competition to improve. As for the Saudi Money it´s not really about imposing Saudi laws in tournaments etc. No one expects that, it´s more about how Saudi lacks at entities like free speach, journalism, basic human rights amoung other, which makes supporting them hard when they deny these to million of people. A bit of a moral/ethic problem. As for the money, it´s indeed a good thing. While i don´t believe like Esports needs big cash to prosper (with ESL being a case of how much you can do with little) but more cash tends to be good.
2022-01-25 15:24
>The deal is epx
2022-01-24 23:17
#60
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Germany mhan
We should all start playing Esportal now. Human Rights first!
2022-01-24 23:17
4 replies
I'd like my account to not get VAC banned just for playing on a matchmaking service thanks lmao
2022-01-24 23:20
3 replies
#76
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Germany mhan
This was long time ago and all Accounts were only banned for 5 days
2022-01-24 23:22
1 reply
my guy it was a joke
2022-01-25 07:10
#269
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India hax_w0w
IN 900 PING YES
2022-01-25 04:31
#62
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Belgium bbi
RIP
2022-01-24 23:17
Pog for them cooperating bad for quality
2022-01-24 23:19
Gosh I hope this leads to top talent being hired. Maniac, Mauisnake, Stunna, FREYA, and others.
2022-01-24 23:18
3 replies
Idk about Freya
2022-01-25 01:03
1 reply
XS
2022-01-25 07:19
#383
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United States sonder006
please bring back stunna, i miss him
2022-01-25 11:58
"the brands owned by the two companies (FACEIT, DreamHack, ESL, ESEA, and Badlion)" Wasnt badlion a minecraft server? wtf
2022-01-24 23:20
3 replies
hahahha badlion uhc ftw
2022-01-24 23:54
2 replies
Sadly they also had a strong xray anticheat. I couldn't cheat + and also that anticheat would make my potato pc 30 fps
2022-01-25 09:02
1 reply
Yeah I got perma banned for a Hitler skin
2022-01-25 11:02
#73
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Brazil hugoooo
Great, now it's time to raise the Major prize poll to 10mi at least?! It would bring more sponsors/teams/players to the game
2022-01-24 23:21
1 reply
This could literally be the only good thing about it.
2022-01-25 00:24
okay perfect time for valve to make their own intrusive AC and completely overhaul the matchmaking system copium
2022-01-24 23:22
The CS scene is really close to being a monopoly. With the expansion of the Louvre Agreement, tier 2 teams will not have many opportunities to qualify for tier 1 events...
2022-01-24 23:24
Terrorists win
2022-01-24 23:26
3 replies
#188
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Finland LIPISMIES
XD
2022-01-25 00:36
#210
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United States Shmikeb0b
You sadistic fuck.. it's beautiful
2022-01-25 01:10
lmao true
2022-01-25 08:54
Start sell skins before the game is completely dead
2022-01-24 23:29
Finally update of FACEIT's website, so it doesn't take 10-15 seconds to load? PLEASE.... LET THIS HAPPEN!!!
2022-01-24 23:29
1 reply
#127
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Sweden zae
Faceit enhancer slows down the site alot
2022-01-24 23:46
#92
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Canada Eviljonbob
No matter how this move turns out less and less competition is bad for the scene as a whole. Let's pray Blast doesn't get bought out by the same group.
2022-01-24 23:29
1 reply
agreed. this merger only made events like epl even more exclusive. not prestigious mind you, but exclusive. organizations buy-in and that's how they get a permanent spot. no new teams.
2022-01-25 14:29
#93
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Poland dejmanOOO
1.5bilion worth faceit anticheat
2022-01-24 23:30
"Secondly, the statement discussed a commitment to "develop even stronger anti-cheat programs" Hope is stagnation
2022-01-24 23:32
#98
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Germany midas1
cant pass on that sweet sweet US market! cant wait to see fucks like nosraC get flooded with money
2022-01-24 23:32
3 replies
wtf why him? Are you a perma-mad bettor mens?
2022-01-25 00:34
1 reply
#193
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Germany midas1
nah i just dont like to see people like him getting a lot of money. he agreed to throw those mdl matches and forfeited that final recently. guy's a piece of shit
2022-01-25 00:39
#222
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United States Shmikeb0b
Yeah.. bald ugly matchfixing fuck
2022-01-25 01:23
#99
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United Kingdom novaseer
"The deal is epx"
2022-01-24 23:32
Instead just make esic investigate cis tier 2 and lower scene because of matchfixing lol
2022-01-24 23:33
9 replies
What does esic have to do with this ?
2022-01-24 23:37
6 replies
He lost money so he has to cry about it everywhere
2022-01-24 23:42
5 replies
I want to hear the story first))
2022-01-24 23:45
+920$ from last month but nt, if you're higher than 5iq you skip CIS scene bets but keep tryin to bait lmao
2022-01-25 18:15
3 replies
2022-01-25 18:32
2 replies
If you dont know that ESIC are the ones who investigate matchfixing reports then you should educate yourself a bit
2022-01-25 18:46
1 reply
2022-01-25 18:54
there’s ESIC can 100% confirm a matchfixing, especially in t2 teams. it’s impossible to make an official statement like that.
2022-01-25 07:03
1 reply
We all know they're involved in matchfixing but making statement like this? No they suddenly dont know how to make it lol
2022-01-25 18:16
definitely unexcpected
2022-01-24 23:37
#114
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Poland Hanse
WTF
2022-01-24 23:41
looks interesting
2022-01-24 23:42
And then you realized then it's like 10 years for the game.
2022-01-24 23:49
#138
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Latvia kjyy
bro…
2022-01-24 23:57
#142
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Brazil Anarchybr
Now we need to have GamersClub major events to rivalize with this monopoly alongside BLAST
2022-01-25 00:01
2 replies
+1111111111111111
2022-01-25 00:22
Lmao
2022-01-25 07:22
R.I.P
2022-01-25 00:01
Would love to be sold on this one, but it's another step to monopoly backed by morally questionable money (Saudi-Arabia) and morally questionable leadership (ex-Activision)
2022-01-25 00:02
2 replies
#198
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Sweden Jerpen123
+1
2022-01-25 00:50
You can trust the nice folks of Activision with Saudi money with anything. Especially women and human rights.
2022-01-25 06:28
monopoly go brrrr
2022-01-25 00:02
:O
2022-01-25 00:03
Valve should now make all servers 128 tick and release an anti-cheat to fuck over this saudi investment. Free 500million for faceit guys.
2022-01-25 00:10
monopoly huh MS and Disney ideas implemented in the market
2022-01-25 00:11
scary stuff
2022-01-25 00:15
Up hill battle for BLAST from now on. They will need our love..
2022-01-25 00:19
1 reply
They already have our love tho 😅
2022-01-25 07:22
Hmmm, that Monopoly is not loyal, same reason why I stopped watching Disney movies. Will they smash smaller tournaments? Will they also buy Blast, Funspark or WePlayAcademy League? I can see the circumstances of it being terrible for CSGO and it looks scary. ;(
2022-01-25 00:22
4 replies
What...? How does this change any of those TO's plans? WePlayAcademy is strongly entrenched in the amateur scene in Europe right now with no viable competitors. FunSpark is geared towards T2 CS in Europe. BLAST is strongly tied to t1 CS at this point. --- All this partnership is doing is increasing the money and events that ESL/ESEA and faceit can provide. Europe is doing amazing and I am sure this will help the scene but this seems to be more geared towards other areas such as N/A. We don't even have Academy Teams yet in big time orgs... we don't have the structure to provide longevity outside of the game itself unlike Europe.
2022-01-25 00:31
3 replies
This is the catch about monopolies, people only look at the benefits and never to the downsides of them having exclusive possession of csgo.
2022-01-25 01:02
1 reply
last time i checked they didnt buy valve
2022-01-25 02:41
LUL it takes an american to be blind to the pitfalls of monopoly. xD How about if ESL signs all the best talent and tells them not to work for BLAST? How about if they start bullying the smaller TO's by placing turnaments at the same time as them. Not to make money, but simply to put a dent in the smallers TO's business. What if they start squeesing teams for signup fees to turnaments. The possibilities are endless. Having a monopoly means having everyone by the balls..
2022-01-25 11:01
#167
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France Asr4
Such a bad move
2022-01-25 00:21
CSGO rn --> bought tournament spots (P4Y 2 WIN), 64 TICK SERVERS, NO DECENT ANTI-CHAT and now, + Monopoly. Yeah, things should be fine...
2022-01-25 00:27
3 replies
I am pro-chat
2022-01-25 00:34
Do you consider any sport leagues to be a monopoly? They are trying to create the best competition possible with the best avenues to achieve that for the players. Does the NBA have a monopoly on basketball? I mean they bought out the ABA many many many years ago now. There are still many other leagues out there. It's a joke that we wouldn't want the best 2 platforms joining together when we are talking about a competitive atmosphere.
2022-01-25 00:37
1 reply
To me (my opinion only), the NBA is sort of a joke, they got a closed circuit that only orchestrates in two countries (not really that competitive, with 29 US teams and 1 Canadian team), too many repetitive games (82 games per season, to be exact) and not to mention the colossal amount of guaranteed money that prevents players from even trying their best. It's in a huge viewership decline rn and has nothing to do with csgo.
2022-01-25 01:19
what does this mean?
2022-01-25 00:27
1 reply
#182
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Poland Kobel_
Not only Saudis own both companies now, ESL is also currently a huge monopolist, having ESL, ESEA, Faceit and Dreamhack brands under them
2022-01-25 00:32
#179
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Russia deadbeef
Great way to start 2022!
2022-01-25 00:31
#180
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Poland Kobel_
Very scary stuff, might be an end to CS:GO scene (and not only) as we know it
2022-01-25 00:31
Events in saudi arabia incoming, zero crowd but massive prize pool...
2022-01-25 00:32
It has been a good run boys was fun to have something close to a scene for about a year
2022-01-25 00:37
#192
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Poland csRIOTgo
ESL/FACEIT going to be the Newcastle United FC Shirt sponsor =D Maybe Neymar will now move to NUFC
2022-01-25 00:39
we were expecting the navi era, turns out is the ESL era
2022-01-25 00:40
1 reply
Saudi Arabia era
2022-01-25 07:05
#197
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Canada firtlast
maybe bardolph will cast more events other than that, rip
2022-01-25 00:45
More investment into NA is exciting I don’t really like the whole monopoly aspect of this though
2022-01-25 00:53
Thank you King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for investing in eSports!
2022-01-25 00:56
L, ain't P, yb better.
2022-01-25 01:00
#206
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Philippines libon23
i am expecting them to make players wear turban and stuff.
2022-01-25 01:03
Cologne is the Grand Mosque of Counter Strike!
2022-01-25 01:14
2 replies
Hahaahahaa
2022-01-25 07:23
so... tell me about your dream mosque :)
2022-01-25 12:28
I wonder where this will lead to
2022-01-25 01:14
One step closer to a monopoly. Wonder if this will have any effect on female cs or sensitivite topics on stream.
2022-01-25 01:28
#234
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Australia LACH1E
Get that antitrust fired up.
2022-01-25 01:36
There will be fallout from sponsors and personnel for sure, RIP ESL/FUCKIT
2022-01-25 01:44
#237
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United States GiantDays
ah sweet the saudis just bought professional cs
2022-01-25 01:49
better server please. I have consistently 70 - 80 ping on chicago server when im playing faceit but around 50 on esea's chicago server.
2022-01-25 01:52
F
2022-01-25 02:00
#241
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Finland notits
why are people angry about this? it seems good to me
2022-01-25 02:02
2 replies
less competition means poorer quality why would they try to make good things if there's no opponents.
2022-01-25 06:26
1 reply
#338
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Germany Fi4re32
where it says that there are less oppenents? They said they make na scene back, invest in that they maybe make big prizepools and then you have your opponents
2022-01-25 08:52
God damn Saudi government getting its hands on these two.
2022-01-25 02:04
RIP ESL, it's been a nice journey
2022-01-25 02:13
Valorant worth a watch? I need new e-sport.
2022-01-25 02:15
Oil money company 😱 😱 😱
2022-01-25 02:21
LMFAO middle east money vs riot money. idk whats better
2022-01-25 02:40
#254
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United Kingdom Leftie
Time for us to come together and start new events lel
2022-01-25 02:43
lul
2022-01-25 02:43
#257
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Brazil drydden
I won't play on Face It anymore
2022-01-25 02:53
"by CEO Brian Ward, previously an Activision Senior VP." fingers cross
2022-01-25 03:14
is this good or not good
2022-01-25 04:27
4 replies
Not good. Do some research about the Saudi government mate. Slavery Anti-LGBTQ + Literally stone homosexuals to death and more. It is a sad day for Counter Strike. ESL and Faceit should be ashamed of themselves.
2022-01-25 04:40
3 replies
so them being against things that insult their ancient culture is a bad thing.
2022-01-25 06:22
2 replies
Yeah being against something and stoning people to death is exactly the same thing, moron
2022-01-25 08:36
1 reply
+1
2022-01-25 17:28
#271
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India hax_w0w
newcastle moment
2022-01-25 04:34
No faceit major again pls
2022-01-25 04:44
#278
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Albania aplasa
faceit major confirmed
2022-01-25 04:58
is this +rep or -rep, who knows when will find out
2022-01-25 05:12
gg
2022-01-25 05:18
Thats some big news!!!
2022-01-25 05:18
#283
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Finland AliSabid
Interesting!
2022-01-25 05:36
-1
2022-01-25 06:06
Imagine paying 1.5 billion for 2 anti cheats
2022-01-25 06:12
1 reply
1.5 billion aint shit for them dude
2022-01-25 12:53
ESL major every year
2022-01-25 06:16
Bummer. Time to switch to esportal
2022-01-25 06:23
Its over
2022-01-25 06:32
#303
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Germany MTD3
holy shit
2022-01-25 06:36
esl playing monopoly as always
2022-01-25 06:42
dolla dolla bill yall
2022-01-25 07:48
#325
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Turkey edsvi
I was playing faceit about 5 years now im gonna delete it. Mm is better
2022-01-25 08:03
#326
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Europe Zwenix
I think this is a good thing. There is lack of smth better synchronized overall in the scene and this might be the solution.
2022-01-25 08:15
4 replies
#329
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Europe Zwenix
But also Saudi Arabia is now owning CS:GO esport scene in the most part. Dunno what can be wrong with that though. Their domestic politics has some bad aspects, but I don't see how esports could be affected by that.
2022-01-25 08:21
3 replies
spinx and anarkez can't participate anymore
2022-01-25 12:29
2 replies
#396
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India hax_w0w
flameZ
2022-01-25 12:38
#419
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Europe Zwenix
By dumb racist decidion they would lose a lot of money, so no chance for that to happen.
2022-01-25 15:32
Cool
2022-01-25 08:17
there is no way anti monopoly laws dont stop this rigth? where are even esl and faceit based?
2022-01-25 08:18
4 replies
#330
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Europe Zwenix
scene is still open and everyone can host huge events so I doubt anyone will care. Also we still have Blast and Majors
2022-01-25 08:24
3 replies
everyone can allways make phone companies, but when nr 1 and nr2 tried to merge anti monopoly laws stopped it in norway.
2022-01-25 08:50
2 replies
#346
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Europe Zwenix
Faceit wasn't a huge event hosting company. So basically they just bought mm platfrom and events hosting company so it's not like merging the same top companies from theoretical point of view.
2022-01-25 09:03
1 reply
+1 they even said it in their merger announcement that esl+esea will be in charge of tournaments and all that path to pro initiative and faceit will be responsible for casual matchmaking, pugs and infrastructure for 3rd party TOs -- basically the same.
2022-01-25 14:49
#332
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Finland wormi
nice monopoly owned by one of the top problematic countries of world gg NA army sponsorship was just a start to bullshit
2022-01-25 08:31
2 replies
now we'll have muja hideen commercials
2022-01-25 12:29
1 reply
I´m waiting for the ak to get a buff in ESL events jokes aside i hope bad sponsorship doesn´t go to far (crap like the US ARMY was already bad enough)
2022-01-25 15:36
#334
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India taco9873
There goes the woman's esport scene in CS
2022-01-25 08:43
oil money ez
2022-01-25 08:43
This is bad
2022-01-25 08:59
#347
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United Arab Emirates Ben13377
we win ez
2022-01-25 09:05
#349
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United States xiquo
if they do everything they promise then ill be impressed.
2022-01-25 09:12
2 replies
#370
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Europe nikyyy
Who does what they promised? It is a very rare thing nowadays.
2022-01-25 11:05
good one
2022-01-25 16:00
The Saudi money didn't make me feel good.
2022-01-25 09:21
Richard lewis is going to have a great time shitting on this.
2022-01-25 10:36
Not watching any of this shit.
2022-01-25 10:39
Blood money
2022-01-25 10:41
1 reply
#473
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Europe Zwenix
So you r telling me my car runs on blood? That's crazy, I didn't know that.
2022-01-26 10:19
#363
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Turkey 1las
So what will change next?
2022-01-25 10:46
#372
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Ukraine StaR1y
shit!
2022-01-25 11:08
Major in Middle East -> incoming
2022-01-25 11:28
Gg sellouts...
2022-01-25 11:32
#382
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Germany duxs1
lmaoooo
2022-01-25 11:53
PLEASE GET RID OF ESEA AND MAKE FACEIT LEAGUES
2022-01-25 12:02
Now DreamHack=ESL=Faceit
2022-01-25 12:41
ESL and Faceit enjoying that sweet sweet money
2022-01-25 12:43
Csgo esports owned by call of duty guy. Sad!!!
2022-01-25 13:00
lets go, saudi arabia, one of the worst countrys in the world. congrats. btw: silence is kind of a approval, like watching a crime in front of you and just put your hands in your pockets. sport ist politic aswell, everythink is politcal. you either got a spine or stay a pussy. time to for a meeting in search of a way out of this orgas for a new beginning.
2022-01-25 13:46
Comeback of DDK and Bardolph as more relevant caster duo? POGGERS
2022-01-25 13:49
would be lit if FaceIt actually starts following EU data protection law :)
2022-01-25 14:04
Not good, not good at all... They even managed to just prolong the Louvre deals with top teams all the way until 2025. What a lucky coincidence for saudi money....
2022-01-25 14:27
CEO Brian Ward, previously an Activision Senior VP. this alone should give some major red flags xD
2022-01-25 14:48
1 reply
Feelsbadman.
2022-01-25 15:11
This is why we can't have nice things.
2022-01-25 15:07
Some kind of good news.
2022-01-25 15:29
yay a monopoly overseen by prince bin hacksaw glad my esl account was auto-deleted years ago so I dont have to bother doing it now to fake having some integrity. im sure theyre devastated to lose one of their earliest customers too.
2022-01-25 15:59
#426
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Slovakia meefEdron
most likely the prize tournaments will increase by 1.5 or maybe even 2
2022-01-25 16:11
#427
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Slovakia meefEdron
but maybe it's doesn't change but i wan't they change prize pool by 1.5 or 2
2022-01-25 16:16
Nice integrity ESL & Faceit, freaking sellouts. Accepting dirty money, you guys should be ashamed.
2022-01-25 16:45
3 replies
#443
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Europe Zwenix
You the good guy and the protector of the integrity would say no any time to 1B.
2022-01-25 17:54
2 replies
It's not the same thing, I am not representing almost the entire competitive scene of a sport (in the case of ESL, they are doing so for other sports too). So for them to do that, it does damage their reputation and the standard people were holding them to. Imagine promoting something for everyone and yet being backed by people who don't give a shit about basic human rights.
2022-01-26 08:58
1 reply
#472
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Europe Zwenix
Who cares about damaging image and reputation of something after you sold it? It's not your worry any longer. Also trust me, when 1b i knocking to your door then no one cares about human rights. Every dude with money only think to have more and more and that's the most important thing on the planet. War shows the real side of people and money completes the picture. Fucked up? Yeah, no shit.
2022-01-26 10:15
Somehow doubtful this'll ens up being beneficial to the consumer or viewer.
2022-01-25 16:47
1 reply
#444
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Europe Zwenix
most of them won't even notice.
2022-01-25 17:55
Now cs became T sided
2022-01-25 17:44
incredible!
2022-01-25 18:05
Nice i love islam and saudi arabia
2022-01-25 18:50
WOW THIS IS AWESOME!
2022-01-25 18:56
What a sad day, its gone guys. just keep the memory's of what used to be. 15 years, last straw for me. R.I.P bb
2022-01-25 20:55
i love how 90% percent of the comments are just overreacting
2022-01-25 20:57
1 reply
legend surviving here for more than 10 years (almost)
2022-01-28 10:22
Saudia Arabia money LMAO
2022-01-25 22:01
Is this good or not?
2022-01-25 22:29
what the fucjk end of an era
2022-01-25 23:20
Its bad and epic at the same time
2022-01-26 09:24
kinda hypocritical to see all these clowns rage against that "immoral" saudi money while driving their internal combustion engine cars for all their lives and building up that saudi money. Every single one of us is at fault here.
2022-01-26 10:20
#476
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Norway fuxzer
100% we will see ALOT of LANs in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain etc. in the next years
2022-01-27 00:33
Microsoft take over Activision Blizzard, now Savvy takes ESL Faceit, and others 2022 is gaming industry buyout season
2022-01-27 10:12
#482
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Norway PatrickGI
esportswashing :(
2022-01-27 14:16
At least Vince has the integrity and balls to say "FU" to the Saudis. I for one, won't support ESL/Blast ect ect by even watching a single stream from their events. Just wish some players had the balls to tell their orgs that they refuse to play in Saudi owned tournaments. (and no, this has nothing to do with racism, more of a moral "obligation" to not support a regime like SA)
2022-01-27 14:41
2 replies
+1
2022-01-27 19:02
soy + cry
2022-01-27 21:42
wtf
2022-01-27 21:32
sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesh 1,5 billions cant imagine if i have money like that.
2022-01-28 04:04
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