FACEIT to produce 'B Site' CSGO league with ECS reportedly shutting down - Dexerto

FACEIT to produce ‘B Site’ CSGO league with ECS reportedly shutting down

Published: 17/Jan/2020 19:03

by Scott Robertson


According to a report from Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis for DBLTAP, the Esports Championship Series for CS:GO will soon cease operations as FACEIT will instead be partnering with the upcoming, yet-to-be-officially-named B Site League.

After eight illustrious seasons, the Esports Championship Series is shutting down. This news comes as reports come in revealing the producers of ECS, FACEIT, are partnering with a new, upcoming CSGO league, unofficially titled the “B Site” league.

The development was first reported by Jarek ‘Dekay’ Lewis for DBLTAP, who says multiple sources confirmed that FACEIT had signed an agreement with B Site Inc to run production for the upcoming league, which would bring an end to their ECS endeavor.

Astralis win ECS Season 8 CSGO.
Astralis on stage after winning the eighth, and reportedly last, season of ECS.

The partnership between the established production company and the new B Site organization mirrors the collaboration between ESL and DreamHack, who announced back in 2019 that they would work together to form the ESL Pro Tour for 2020.

DeKay reports that numerous prominent CSGO teams have already committed to the B Site league, including Cloud 9, MIBR, Gen.G, Dignitas, and MAD Lions, and that eventually, the league will consist of twelve teams in total.

DBLTAP initially reported that Astralis would be joining this league as well, but the team’s in-game leader Lukas ‘gla1ve’ Rossander tweeted that nothing had yet been decided for the dominant Danish roster.

FACEIT ran eight seasons of ECS, with two regular seasons in both Europe and North America, and the best teams from each region meeting in the Finals at the end of the season. Astralis won the last finals, winning Season 8 with a victory over Team Liquid. They won three of the last four – winning four in total.

The company also ran production for the FACEIT London major at the end of 2018 – their only major so far. Astralis won that event as well, winning the grand finals over Natus Vincere.

Astralis wins FACEIT London CSGO major.
FACEIT produced the London major in 2018, which saw Astralis win their first of three straight majors.

The B Site league has the potential to run into scheduling conflicts, as its regular-season matches might overlap with ESL Pro Tour and ESL Pro League events. One of the league’s already committed teams, MIBR, competes in the BLAST Premier series as well.

DeKay reported for Dexerto back in September that ESL Pro League had introduced very strict exclusivity rules for its 2020 Pro Tour.

So far there has been no announcement or statement from FACEIT, ECS, nor any of their personalities regarding the ceasing of operations.


How Team Vitality Broke their CSGO Curse Against All Odds @ IEM Beijing

Published: 26/Nov/2020 18:21

by Marco Rizzo


Dexerto explores how Vitality was able to win their first tournament of the year at IEM Beijing, pulling out an incredible comeback against a seemingly unstoppable NaVi. 

French CSGO has made a comeback in the past two years, with Team Vitality and G2 Esports working hard to put France back on the map.
While the performance of the two best teams in the region has been admirable, reaching multiple grand finals throughout the year, they have failed to overcome their opponent on every occasion.
After their performance at Blast Premier Fall Series, Vitality looked to be in good form coming into IEM Beijing-Haidian, especially as the addition of Nabil ‘Nivera’ Benrlitom seemed to add another weapon to the Vitality arsenal.
The Frenchmen showed from the start of the group stages how dangerous they could be and how their new sixth member could change the way they approached games.
The finals of the tournament saw the two highest-rated players in the world face each other, with Oleksandr ‘s1mple Kostyliev taking on Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut. Both acting as catalysts for one of the most entertaining series of the year.
The rivalry between the two is only just starting, with a few tournaments still left before the end of the year, both prodigies are looking to claim the title of the best player of 2020.