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Leaked ESL internal memo confirms global job cuts and restructuring

Published: 3/Dec/2019 15:06 Updated: 3/Dec/2019 16:14

by Jacob Hale

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A leaked internal memo from esports tournament organizer ESL suggests that some offices in Europe will soon be facing reductions to help achieve their international goals and “continuously raise the bar.”

Dexerto received the memo on December 3, 2019, which highlights a number of changes coming to the organization during a global restructuring, putting many jobs and offices at risk, or otherwise already closing down.

ESL has been one of the largest organizers in the world of esports competition, from ESL Pro Leagues to Majors and the countless championships, both local and global, in between. This downscaling of operation in certain territories will no doubt come as a blow to many.

ESL ESL One Cologne is often one of the biggest dates on the CSGO calendar.

The memo starts by addressing the passion, diversity and size of the global ESL team, before addressing their International Strategy and goals they aim to achieve.

It says that “to achieve our International goals, we need to make the right and at times, difficult business decisions to secure our success. As a result, we are announcing organizational changes to the international business. This change is crucial for our future and focus.”

It goes on to say that “Spain and France will be affected immediately, whereas the UK office is currently under assessment and roles have been put at risk.” Elsewhere, the Poland and Germany hubs will get the full focus of European operations.

ESLThe ESL UK office has helped run grassroots tournaments and global Dota 2 majors.

It goes on to say that this decision is not one taken lightly, but offers somewhat of an explanation as to why this has happened.

“Due to the change in our international entities, we all have to work together as a global team, to ensure a smooth transition, and above all meet the expectations of our players, fans and partners. What this also means, we need to continuously assess our areas of responsibility and ensure that we do not deviate from our focus and goals.”

The implication is that the company’s goals are not being reached with the addition of the Spanish, French and UK offices, so instead will seek to focus the bulk operations on the hubs that help them achieve more – namely Poland and Germany, in this instance.

While operations will be reducing in these regions, it does not mean that the offices are closing down entirely, instead using them to focus on local brand partnerships

The memo does suggest that jobs will try to be retained as much as possible, to hold on to the talent they have and refocus their entities on local growth.

Reports suggest that ESL Spain has already seen around 40 layoffs, while the UK office remains a question going forward, with no clear decision made.

This article previously stated that operations will cease in France, Spain and the UK. This has since been clarified by ESL with the confirmation that these offices will focus on local brand partnerships, while moving a majority of operations instead to Germany and Poland. They will not be downscaling or reducing overall operations.

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Team Tommey wins $20K Totino’s Black Ops Brawl tourney: Final results

Published: 25/Nov/2020 1:25 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 1:36

by Jacob Hale

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Totino’s was the latest to host a massive esports event with $20,000 on the line in one of the first proper  Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War tournaments, one that featured top pro players and some of the most popular streamers.

Over the years, we’ve seen the frozen pizza brand host tournaments in multiple games as well as form sponsorships with the likes of 100 Thieves, who recently entered the Call of Duty League with the LA Thieves.

Now, with Black Ops Cold War out and players starting to really get to grips with the game, they teamed up with a number of top names in Call of Duty, including the Minnesota RØKKR CDL team, to put on a show for fans. Here’s everything you need to catch up on the event.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl recap

With a single-elimination bracket, teams only had one life to prove themselves with. As a result, four teams were immediately knocked out from the first round with no chance at redemption. Nameless, Swagg, Hitch, and Symfuhny all crashed out of the competition early on with their teams taken down right away.

While Tommey’s team advanced through to the grand final, they met a dominant force in the last series of the day. TeeP and his stacked squad refused to drop a map throughout the day. They came away with 3-0 wins over Symfuhny and Crowder to land in the finals.

The opening Hardpoint on Moscow came down to the wire with TeeP’s team narrowly edging it out. However, the next SnD on Miami was the polar opposite. Tommey’s team struck back with an insane 6-0 performance to tie things up. From here on out, their team kept the momentum rolling and closed out the grand final victory.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl results

Black Ops Brawl event
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The final bracket for Totino’s Black Ops Brawl.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl stream & schedule

The Totino’s Black Ops Brawl was a four-hour event that took place on Tuesday, November 24.

The show kicked off at 3pm ET (12pm PT/8pm GMT) live from Totino’s Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded here for you to easily rewatch.

It was hosted by Call of Duty League casters Joe ‘Merk’ Deluca and Clint ‘Maven’ Evans, with $20,000 on the line for competing teams.

Who played in the Black Ops Brawl event?

From the most accomplished pro players to the most popular streamers, plenty of big names got involved in this $20k competition. If you’ve been following Cold War events since launch, all of the familiar faces turned out for this one as well. Simp, Tommey, Shotzzy, and Symfuhny were just a handful of names that got involved. Below is a full overview of the captains for the Black Ops Brawl tournament.

  • Symfuhny
  • Swagg
  • Tommey
  • Censor
  • Crowder
  • Hitch
  • Nameless
  • TeePee
Totino's Black Ops Brawl casters Merk and Maven
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Merk and Maven hosted the Black Ops Brawl.

Format and prize pool

Eight teams were lined up for the start of the event as the single-elimination bracket got underway. One series loss was all anyone could afford. In total, the winning team had to get through three consecutive best of three matchups against the top challengers.

As for the prize pool, there was $20,000 on the line, with $15,000 going directly to the winning team and the remaining $5,000 going to the team that finished in second place.