February 18, 2020

Astralis enters strategic league partnership with ESL Pro League

On January 28 we announced our ongoing negotiations with ESL regarding Astralis’ possible participation in ESL Pro League. Together with 12 other top teams in CS:GO, today we are very pleased to announce that we have finalized negotiations and reached a long term agreement with ESL on the above matter.

Anders Hørsholt, co-CEO of Astralis Group:

- It has been a long-time ambition for us to be a part of and contribute to a more structured CS:GO scene, giving players, teams and tournament organizers a stronger foundation. Therefore it is an important step for Astralis and Astralis Group to announce our participation in ESL Pro League, Hørsholt comments.

- This agreement is a result of 13 strong team owners working together with ESL to secure better conditions for all. This includes not only owners and TOs, but also players and ultimately the fans.

- In our case, the players, coach, and people around the team have been involved and have contributed to relevant sections of the agreement, and we need to give credit to ESL for listening and bringing new points to the table to fully rework a first draft which had its genesis in 2019. It’s been a long and thorough process, and we strongly believe that the end result will benefit the scene for many years to come, the co-CEO concludes.

13 of the best teams in the world have signed the agreement as “Founding Members” of the league. In essence, this means that: 

  • On a consistent basis, the league can guarantee to present the best teams in the world at events and in broadcasts.

  • The teams are guaranteed participation in ESL Pro League and relevant tournaments.

  • Team owners, players, partners, broadcasters and fans can plan around a fixed seasonal tournament schedule with the best teams playing.
  • ESL Pro League being transformed into a new league with a single global division starting in its 11th season
  • Teams are majority stakeholders in the league and have a key role in its strategic decision-making process 
  • Revenue share for teams and players from ESL’s Pro Tour competitions, including ESL One Cologne powered by Intel® and Intel® Extreme Masters Katowice.

The agreement will transform ESL Pro League into a 24-team competition with a single global division, moving away from the previous regionalized model. 

The founding teams will retain a long-term slot in the league similar to other sports, with remaining teams qualifying on the basis of their world ranking or directly through the Mountain Dew League, the ESL Pro League’s gateway competition.

The 13 founding teams:

  • Astralis
  • FaZe Clan
  • Evil Geniuses
  • Mousesports
  • NAVI
  • G2
  • Team Vitality
  • Fnatic
  • Complexity
  • NiP
  • ENCE
  • Team Liquid
  • 100 Thieves

Entering the league agreement is in line with the business strategy of Astralis Group.