Some of the biggest “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive” tournament coordinators in the world have been discussing their plan to band together and develop a global circuit for the e-sport.


The groups involved in this possible alliance consist of the e-sports tournament organizers MLG, StarLadder, PGL, CEVO, Gfinity, and FACEIT. If this massive tournament goes through, the prize pool will be between $5 million and $9 million, which would by far be the biggest payout in “Counter-Strike” history.           


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While these organizations are working on their league, the media company Modern Times Group (MTG) and the Electronic Sports League (ESL) have been developing a “Counter-Strike” circuit of their own. Fans of the game are worried about this potential league, because many believe they will make their players sign a contract that would prevent them from joining another tournament. These concerns come from ESL’s previous attempt to join other organizations in starting an exclusive league in April, but their plans fell through after the arrangements were leaked to the public.     


What’s so bad about making professional “Counter-Strike” players exclusive to one league? If all of the popular teams are stuck playing in a single tournament, fans of the e-sport would only have the one league in which they may watch their favorite teams play. This might slow down the game’s professional scene, since lesser paying leagues wouldn’t have as many skilled players participating in them, which could severely damage their viewership.


Many teams would consider signing an exclusivity contract if the tournament paid enough, as high paying “Counter-Strike” tournaments aren’t very common. However, MTG’s e-sports circuit would have to pay pretty well to convince top tier teams now that there may be a league with a minimum of a $5 million prize pool. This group of allied tournament coordinators is likely the e-sport’s best chance at preventing MTG from dominating the scene and scooping up all of the game’s best players.        


Unlike MTG, this multi-million dollar league won’t force players to exclusively play in their tournaments. Neither group has announced an official start date for their first “Counter-Strike” tournament, but now that the race to form a league is on, more news is expected soon.    


Do you think exclusive leagues are harmful to the “Counter-Strike” scene? What can be done to prevent all of the best teams to stick with one circuit? Leave a comment or talk to me on Twitter @Karbowski_Devon.