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DeKay’s Sources: ESL Pro League introducing strict exclusivity rules for Pro Tour in 2020

Published: 3/Sep/2019 17:28 Updated: 3/Sep/2019 19:40

by Jarek "DeKay" Lewis


The ESL Pro League is set to feature multiple new exclusivity rules as part of the ESL Pro Tour starting in 2020, according to information provided to Dexerto.

ESL and DreamHack have announced a new CS:GO circuit that will begin in 2020, featuring a $5 million combined prize pool. The circuit has been named the “ESL Pro Tour” and will link over 20 tournaments together that are split between “Challenger” and “Masters” levels. 

One notable tournament that is included in the tour is ESL Pro League, which now features multiple exclusivity rules according to information provided to Dexerto.

In the “Pro League Focus” section of the ESL Pro League term sheet excerpt sent to Dexerto, there are multiple clauses regarding when teams can and cannot play other tournaments. 

“Beginning January 1st 2020, all member teams of Pro League shall not play in other Counter-Strike leagues, this means non Valve sponsored competitions where the first day of competition (excluding qualifiers) and the grand final day are more than fourteen (14) days apart, besides Pro League. 

All member teams of Pro League shall limit their tournament participation days, meaning the active competition days of a tournament they participate in regardless of if they play on that day or not, to not more than 60 days per calendar year (not including travel, media days, or break days). This number excludes official Valve competitions such as Minors and Majors, online qualifiers, and also excludes Pro League competition days. Exceptions to the number of tournament days allowed can be granted by the Members Meeting.

During the League Season (per jointly aligned schedule), teams shall not play in any other tournaments/leagues. Member teams may play online qualifiers for tournaments of $200,000 or higher in prize money during this period. This number excludes official Valve competitions such as Minors and Majors, and online qualifiers.”

ESL / Helena Kristiansson

Multiple sources have explained to Dexerto that despite the announcement of ESL Pro Tour, at least two teams with ESL Pro League spots have not yet agreed to participate in the tournament circuit. 

According to two separate sources, organizations will not be able to participate in ECS Season 8 while participating in ESL Pro League due to these new rules. 

Teams that hold spots in both leagues include Team Liquid, NRG, MIBR, Complexity Gaming, Cloud9, FURIA Esports, eUnited, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Mousesports, FaZe Clan, Astralis, Team Vitality, Optic Gaming, North, and Fnatic.

Dexerto has reached out to ESL, the Counter-Strike Professional Players’ Association (CSPPA) and FACEIT for comment. 

This is a developing story, with more information expected in the coming days. We will update as and when more details about the ESL Pro Tour and Pro League emerge.


Jamppi to Valorant? VAC banned CSGO pro considering switch following legal proceedings

Published: 15/Jan/2021 12:58 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 13:00

by Connor Bennett


A new report from a Finnish newspaper has suggested that VAC banned CSGO pro Elias ‘Jamppi⁠’ Olkkonen is considering a switch to Valorant as he steps down from ENCE. 

For a few year, Jamppi has been considered as one of Counter-Strike’s biggest rising stars. The 19-year-old was set to join the OG roster following their step into CS:GO, however, that move fell through.

The problem is, the Finnish star has a VAC ban to his name, so, he can’t play in CS:GO’s premier events – the Majors – even though a number of tournament organizers have allowed him to play in their own events.

With him and his family contesting the ban, Jamppi joined ENCE in the hopes that, at some point, he’d be able to play at Majors. However, there have been a few missteps in his argument, and he hasn’t come any closer to having the VAC ban taken away. That, alongside some roster turmoil with ENCE, has got him seemingly considering his options.

Jamppi was VAC banned in 2015 at the age of 14.

According to a report from the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, the 19-year-old is apparently considering a switch to VALORANT as ENCE considers a number of roster moves.

It comes after a report from DBLTap’s Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis stated that ENCE were in discussions with Danish duo Marco ‘Snappi’ Pfeiffer and Thomas ‘TMB’ Bundsbæk about joining up with their active lineup alongside Aleksi ‘allu⁠’ Jalli, Joonas ‘doto⁠’ Forss, and Tuomas ‘SADDYX⁠’ Louhimaa.

That, ultimately, leaves Jamppi without a spot as the CS:GO 2021 season starts to ramp up in preparation for the PGL Stockholm Major in October.

CS:GO pro Jamppi in ENCE interview
ENCE TV, YouTube
Jamppi is considering a switch to VALORANT, according to reports.

If he decides to go to VALORANT, as IS reports, Jamppi would join a list of other CS:GO pros who have been banned from playing at a Major – including Joshua ‘steel’ Nissan and Braxton ‘Swag’ Pierce.

As for where he could go, well, there are a few teams who would certainly make space for the 19-year-old – especially if he could show as much promise in the Riot Games shooter as he does in CS:GO. So, we’ll just have to wait and see.