The FACEIT-owned Esports Championship Series will cease operations, according to multiple sources close to the organization. The online-based league ran for eight seasons and will end as a result of a partnership between FACEIT and the upcoming “B Site” Counter-Strike: Global Offensive league set to begin in March.
According to multiple sources, FACEIT will run production for the B Site league as a result of an agreement between the two companies, which will bring an end to its other endeavor, ECS. The permanent name of the league has not yet been revealed, but details of the circuit have been reported by DBLTAP in recent weeks. The list of organizations committed to B Site includes Cloud9, MIBR, Gen.G, Dignitas and MAD Lions, according to multiple sources, and it will eventually include 12 teams. The nature of the professional CS:GO calendar means the league will overlap with future ESL Pro League seasons, which will prevent teams from participating in both.
B Site will have a one month regular season (on LAN) followed by a LAN final that will alternate between Europe and North America each season. The the top eight teams qualify for the finals. It will cost teams $2 million to enter the league, in which they will receive part ownership. The league will also offer direct revenue sharing with players at a value of $1.04 million with an opportunity to increase over time.
In 2016, ECS began its first season, which featured a six week regular season of online play followed by an offline playoffs with teams from both North America and Europe. Astralis won four of the eight total ECS seasons, including three of the last four. In total, ECS awarded $6,195,000 USD in prize winnings to participating teams over the lifespan of the league.
Representatives from FACEIT did not initially respond to request for comment.