A leaked email signed by Nikoalj Nyholm, founder and CEO of RFRSH Entertainment, hinted at the possible development of a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive league, Richard Lewis reported Sunday on Dexerto.
HLTV reported Friday that CS:GO team Astralis would split from RFRSH before the start of the StarLadder Berlin Major. Lewis and Dexerto acquired an email from Nyholm confirming the report with supposed hints at a new CS:GO league. The email started off by announcing contract extensions for the Astralis players and coach Danny "zonic" Sorensen.
"As part of these signatures, we are also committing to separating Astralis and BLAST further. As we look to 2020 and the possible development of a league, we must also recognize that the promise we gave two years ago - to, after a build-up phase, separate ownership of competition and team - is about ripe."
CS:GO community members were quick to call into question Astralis' participation at BLAST Pro Series events while skipping out on other premier tournaments. At the same time, coincidence or not, Astralis slipped from being the best team in the world.
Astralis is currently ranked third on HLTV's word ranking and hasn't won an event outside of BLAST Pro Series since the IEM Katowice Major.
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