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

Published: 17/Jan/2020 19:03

by Scott Robertson

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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.
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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.
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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.

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Exclusive interview: GeT RiGhT announces Twitch switch from CSGO

Published: 16/Jan/2021 15:00 Updated: 16/Jan/2021 15:03

by Lauren Bergin

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Christopher ‘GeT_RiGhT’ Alesund has announced his departure from professional Counter-Strike, as he moves to Twitch streaming full-time. 

2021 has just got started and Sweden are already stealing the show. Just days after PGL announced the Stockholm Major, GeT_RiGhT has decided to call time on his legendary competitive career.

During an exclusive interview with Dexerto, the 30-year-old discusses the career highs and lows, his battle with Crohn’s disease and what the future holds for the Swedish titan.

GeT_RiGhT interview

GeT_RiGhT & f0rest: End of an era

f0rest and GeT_RiGhT hugging
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Counter-Strike’s dynamic duo is no more.

The Swede has a CS legacy like no other, but an integral part of those wins and losses was his partnership with countryman Patrik ‘f0rest’ Lindberg. The two share a long list of tournament wins together, including the coveted Major.

The two Counter-Strike behemoths have played together for over a decade, and it’s clear that the end of this partnership is one of the most emotional aspects of GeT_RiGhT’s retirement.

“It’s been a rollercoaster, but at the same time, it’s been a beautiful ride.” Alesund goes on to describe their partnership as “the biggest highlight” of his career.

CSGO & Crohn’s: A battle worth fighting

Adela Sznajder for ESL
GeT_RiGhT’s battle with Crohn’s is a perplexing one.

It may shock a lot of people, but GeT RiGhT describes living with the disease as being “one of the best things that ever happened” to him, as well as one of the worst ones.

He describes his lifelong battle with the stomach pain that accompanies the illness, but goes on to explain that he’s thankful, as the official diagnosis brought with it a sense of both physical and mental relief.

In terms of playing CS, however, he describes it as “horrible.” The associated pain, alongside weight and blood loss meant that focusing on the game became a trial all in its own. After asking himself whether it was worth risking his health, his response shows a mixed bag of emotions. “Yes and no really,” he admitted, as the pro player life and its fandom are always worth it, but the two day bedridden recovery period certainly has left a scar.

GeT_RiGhT: Twitch streaming & beyond

GeT_RiGhT CSGO
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What’s next for GeT_RiGhT? We can’t wait to find out.

It’s important to note that the Swedish legend will not be leaving CS. He sees the game as home, explaining: “I grew up in the scene and I’ll do anything it takes to help it grow.”

While he admits he can’t go into exact details about his future plans, he sees Twitch and content creation as a “competition on another level,” as he explores a plethora of games such as League of Legends and Warzone with more creative freedom.

GeT_RiGhT explored his excitement for Valorant, but clarified that he’s “not going to become a professional Valorant player.” With that said, he does believe that the game “has huge potential to overtake CS:GO” at some point in down the line.


Throughout this entire interview, you get a sense that the Valorant pro (sorry Chris, we had to) is in the best place he’s ever been. We’ll be excited to see where his streaming career takes him, whether it’s Riot’s Future Earth or otherwise. So keep an eye out, he’s not going anywhere anytime soon!