FACEIT’s Championship Series is Ending, Changing to CS:GO’s “B Site” League
After eight seasons of competition, we’re sorry to hear that FACEIT is ending its Esports Championship Series (ECS). Instead, they will be producing the FACEIT “B Site” CS:GO League. According to a report from DBLTAP, this is the latest move for competitive CS:GO esports.
DBLTAP released news in December about the upcoming CS:GO League, produced by a company called “B Site Inc.,” so it looks like it wasn’t just smoke blown. The word on the street is that this could begin around March 2020.
Serious Business, Serious Teams
Reportedly, 12 teams will be featured in this upcoming B Site League from FACEIT. Cloud9, MIBR, Dignitas, Mad Lions and Gen.G have been linked, but somehow, not Astralis. Astralis is the No. 1 CS:GO team in the world, as we all know. Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander (Captain) revealed that the team has yet to commit to any league yet.
If true, this isn’t a shocker. FACEIT has been active in the CS:GO tournament scene since 2013, so the FACEIT B Site League isn’t a bad idea. Perhaps this is just a remake/face-lift on an old tournament to offer new ways for CS:GO players to make a name for themselves.
The first season of the ECS began back in 2016 and featured North America and European divisions. The top four teams would meet at a LAN final at the end of each season (four per region). Not to mention that about $6.2 million in prize money has been doled out from the ECS. That is serious cash.
What we understand now is that the teams will have to pay a $2 million buy-in to participate and will offer ownership in the league, as well as revenue share in return. For comparison, the Overwatch League required a $20 million buy-in, but it could go up!
The Call of Duty League is in that same Overwatch ballpark, with an insane buy-in cost. The CS:GO B Site League only requiring $2 million? That’s far more reasonable. It’s also interesting, as CS:GO is one of the most popular online games in the world. This direct revenue sharing with their players will be valued at $1.04 million, with an opportunity for it to increase.
B Site League Is Changing the Game
The FACEIT B Site League is rumored to offer a $1 million prize pool each season, with two seasons played per year. The regular season will be played on LAN and will last one month the top eight teams will then move on to the LAN Final. The Final’s location will alternate between Europe and America each season, with the first in Europe.
We’ve also heard that Thorin has boarded this league, both as an on-camera talent and creative director. He will have a say in the general direction of the league when it comes to content, the tone of the broadcasts, and how it portrays action in-game. He will also have a say in how the broadcast talent is used.
Perhaps the most interesting thing is that this isn’t the only CS:GO League that we can expect in 2020. So, it’s important to find a way to make it marketable and profitable. B Site will surely have some competition in securing teams, but if the above names are truly attached, that’s serious business.
Due to the overall nature of the ESL Pro League seasons, teams will not be able to participate in both. But perhaps if an organization has multiple CS:GO teams, perhaps they could buy into more than one league, if their squads are truly top-tier. It would also offer some exciting practice sessions and strategy sharing.
I’m personally still learning about CS:GO, but nothing in the shooter world is more intense than watching these players go at it. This could be what FACEIT needs to shake up their image and get new viewers watching from their service, instead of focusing on other leagues.