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Valve reportedly unhappy with the ESL and Facebook streaming deal

Published: 11/Dec/2018 11:03 Updated: 11/Dec/2018 12:14

by Connor Bennett


ESL’s streaming deal for certain Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competitions has been a point of contention ever since it was announced, and now Valve are reportedly unhappy, too.

Fans of both esports games have continually voiced their issues with watching their respective titles on Facebook’s’ Live platform. With every stream, there have been plenty of problems – be it starting late, lagging or sound and quality issues.

According to esports journalist Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau, Valve and ESL are disappointed with the poor viewership figures that Facebook streamed events have seen in the 12 months since the deal was made.

SlasheR tweeted: “That marks the end of the final ESL CSGO or Dota stream on Facebook in 2018,” following the ESL Pro League S8 Finals on December 9.

“Really poor viewership all year and Facebook hasn’t proven it can do streaming, to the detriment to both esports. Valve not happy. ESL neither even with $. Correction: Deal runs through end of 2019.”

To highlight just how bad the viewership has been, SlasheR quoted statistics from two major CS events in 2019 – the ELEAGUE Boston Major Grand Finals in January and the ESL Pro League Finals in December:

According to Breslau, the deal for ESL One events is now over, meaning that Dota 2 fans may have seen the last of Facebook streams.

Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for CS:GO, where the ESL Pro League is due to remain on the much-maligned platform until the end of 2019.

The only hope for CS fans, it would seem, is for the deal to be broken entirely and for all parties to go their separate ways. While this would likely involve some sort of legal procedure, Slasher says he “wouldn’t be surprised” to see it happen.


VAC banned CSGO pro Jamppi switches to Valorant after legal battle

Published: 26/Jan/2021 14:40 Updated: 26/Jan/2021 14:52

by Lauren Bergin


Former CSGO pro Elias ‘Jamppi’ Olkkonen has confirmed that he’s jumping ship from Counter-Strike to Valorant.

  • Jamppi was banned from playing in Counter-Strike Majors
  • The CSGO star was benched from ENCE
  • He sees it as a “fresh start” for him after Valve’s VAC ban

Jamppi makes Valorant switch

After a ban and ensuing lawsuit left Jamppi steeped in controversy, ENCE benched him from the starting lineup.

This has inspired the player to take a new pathway to glory. With no Majors in sight, he’s decided to join a wave of CS pros who have made the switch across to Valorant.

What’s next for Jamppi?

While it appears that the Finnish star hasn’t yet found an organization within the Valorant universe, it’s pretty clear that many a squad will jump at the chance to sign him.

Although he is still fighting an ongoing legal battle against the VAC ban that has stopped him from playing at several CSGO events, the 19-year-old prodigy has marked himself as a rising star in the FPS world.