The following was sent to Inven Global as a press release.
LOS ANGELES, CA, February 5th, 2020: Flashpoint, the world’s first Counter-Strike: Global Offensive league owned and run by team organizations, launches today. The groundbreaking new league was devised by the world’s top esports organizations, experts and talent to address the core issues threatening the future of CS:GO esports: a lack of stability and long term investments and the immediate threat to team organizations of the establishment of a tournament organiser monopoly. Flashpoint is a unique entertainment product, offering fans a grittier show targeted at adults that takes inspiration from the WWE and UFC.
The new league will be played offline in a live studio environment with two seasons annually. The prize pool will be among the largest in CS:GO totalling over $2,000,000 in 2020. The goal for the ultimate esports league is to create an open, diverse league showcasing, celebrating and attracting the best CS:GO players on the planet.
B Site Inc. is a company funded by team organizations to create sustainability and prosperity for both players and team organizations while delivering differentiated content and storytelling to fans around the world. It will maintain an open circuit championing new talent, with financial support for up and coming teams built into its infrastructure along with safeguards to competitive integrity, meaning partner teams are not offered a permanent seat at the table.
The league is founded by some of the biggest team organizations in the world, including MIBR, Cloud9, OverActive Media, Gen.G, Dignitas, and c0ntact Gaming who have structured the league to provide the highest revenue share potential to teams of any major esport league. Players will receive the highest revenue share in esports, the largest revenue guarantee in CS:GO, and will have equal representation to the teams on the league’s Board of Governors. Flashpoint has retained the services of FACEIT who will act as league operator.
Flashpoint Open Qualifiers begin on February 6th across three regions: Europe, North America and South America, and teams can sign up now on https://fce.gg/qualifier-sign-up. The top four teams per EU qualifier (16 total), top two per NA & SA qualifier (eight total per region) move to a regional Closed Qualifier. The Regular Season will see the final two teams who emerge victorious from the Regional Closed Qualifiers join the ten Flashpoint founding teams for the Regular Season, where they’ll be split into three GSL groups of four, drafted by the teams themselves. Teams will then compete in the the GSL group stage, where they earn points.
There will then be a re-draft and the process is repeated.If teams are tied in points after the second group stage, tie-breaker matches will be played. The top eight point earners will qualify for the Finals, which will be an eight team double elimination bracket. More details on the location and format for the Flashpoint Season Final will be revealed soon.
Alongside the founding teams, some of the biggest and most respected names in competitive CS:GO have had a direct role in creating Flashpoint, including Duncan "Thorin" Shields who will act as Creative Director and on-air talent. Christopher 'MonteCristo' Mykles will be making his CS:GO casting debut and Auguste "Semmler" Massonnat continues his triumphant return. The lineup also includes CS:GO legends Dan ‘DDK’ Kapadia and James Bardolph, as well as Freya Spiers. The world class line up is completed by Jason "moses" O'Toole, Anders Blume, and Sean Gares. Masterminded by the best broadcast talent in the world, Flashpoint will offer a completely new entertainment product, crafting storylines and building personalities and content never before seen in esports, taking inspiration from the biggest sports entertainment products in the world.
Flashpoint was created in partnership with some of the longest serving members of the community as a response to the current issues putting competitive CS:GO at risk, and is committed to establishing a new league that puts players and teams at the forefront of the operation. Each team in the league will be free to participate in tournaments outside of Flashpoint’s two annual seasons, including Majors or circuit events hosted by independent tournament organisers.
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