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CS:GO • May 09, 2019

DeKay's Sources: RFRSH and ESL at odds over CS:GO event dates

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DeKay's Sources: RFRSH and ESL at odds over CS:GO event dates
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Danish esports company RFRSH Entertainment and German esports company ESL are at odds over the dates of their respective Counter-Strike: Global Offensive league finals in December, according to multiple sources from both sides of the situation. 

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One source told Dexerto that RFRSH had put in a claim for the dates first, with ESL attempting to claim the same dates afterwards. The same source indicated that discussions between the two are ongoing, but a resolution isn’t expected anytime soon.

Sources close to ESL have explained that, in December 2018, RFRSH marked a weekend in December 2019 as a “backup” date. ESL had picked those same dates for the Season 10 ESL Pro League Finals and, after ESL contacted them about the clash, RFRSH agreed to use a different weekend. However, last month they contacted ESL again to explain there was now a conflict for the original dates that appeared to have been sorted.

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The ESL Pro League has been running since 2015.

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The details of Season 10 of ESL Pro League season are yet to be announced, with Season 9 still ongoing. Season 9 is the first season in the league's history to be played entirely offline and its second stage of group stage play begins next week. 

The Season 9 Finals are set to take place in Montpellier, France at the end of June. The event features a $750,000 prize pool with the winner taking home $250,000.

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The BLAST Pro Series has quickly grown from a handful of small tournaments to a comprehensive circuit with numerous events each season.

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The BLAST Global Final is a four team event that includes the top four teams from the seven BLAST Pro Series tournaments during 2019. The tournament format has two semifinal matches followed by a final match for a total of three BO3 matches and a prize pool of  $500,000. 

Team Liquid are currently on top of the BLAST standings with 16 points, followed by Astralis and FaZe Clan with 12 points. MiBR hold the fourth place spot with just 6 points which puts them ahead of Natus Vincere, Ninjas and Pyjamas, and Cloud9.

RFRSH declined to comment upon request.

ESL declined to comment upon request.


Last updated on May 9 2019 at 10:40 am Eastern Time.

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