Tournament giant ESL is looking to expand its partnership program for their Counter-Strike: Global Offensive league, the ESL Pro League. From its fourtheenth season onwards, the ESL Pro League wants to have one additional team in its partnership program, granting those teams a direct invite to the competition's main event.
The process of talking to teams has already begun, with an official Request for Proposals having launched as well. ESL's Co-CEO Ralf Reichert commented: "Between us, Alex and the teams, we have already had informal conversations and interest from over 15 different organisations, all from different corners of the world, asking about membership opportunities and how they can get involved, so it felt like with our foundations now in place, as well as a strong financial year behind us, it was the right time to explore if and how we could extend this stability and opportunity to another team.”
Currently, the ESL Pro League is in the middle of its thirteenth season, which kicked off last week and will conclude at the end of the month. The partnered teams at the moment are G2 Esports, Evil Geniuses, ENCE, Complexity Gaming, Astralis, FaZe Clan, mousesports, Team Liquid, Team Vitality, Ninjas in Pyjamas, and Natus Vincere. North American esports organization 100 Thieves initially was an ESL Pro League partner too, but they have withdrawn from competing in CS:GO altogether.
For the thirteenth time, ESL is hosting its Pro League, with twenty-four teams competing for the lion's share of a $750,000 prize pool.
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