Heroic, BIG, Furia Added As ESL Pro League Partner Teams In $20 Million Deal

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Heroic, BIG, and Furia Added as ESL Pro League Partner Teams in a $20 Million USD Deal

ESL has now expanded to 15 partnered ESL Pro League CS:GO teams!

Aditya Singh Rawat
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Three CS:GO teams Furia, Heroic, and BIG have entered the 'Louvre Agreement' with ESL in a $20 million USD deal.
ESL has now expanded to 15 partnered CS:GO teams. FURIA and BIG are set to join with immediate effect while Heroic is poised to join in the second half of 2022.
The three teams will now be equal stakeholders in the ESL Pro League, receive a share of ESL's overall revenue and shall possess a say in its governance.

Three CS:GO teams Furia, Heroic, and BIG have signed the 'Louvre Agreement' to become permanent partner teams for ESL Pro League. The individual bids of the three teams totalled to almost $20,000,000 USD, making it a sizable deal for ESL which according to the organizers "marks a significant boost to the longevity of the ESL Pro League and the sustainability of competitive CS:GO."

With this, ESL now expands to 15 partnered CS:GO teams for one of its flagship tournaments which takes place twice annually. By striking this deal, the three teams will now be equal stakeholders in the ESL Pro League receive a share of ESL's overall revenue and possess a say in its governance.

ESL expands to 15 partnered ESL Pro League teams with the addition of Furia, Heroic and BIG

The process which started in March has finally come to an end, as the void left by 100 Thieves has now been filled by three organizations that currently operate strong CS:GO rosters. Though ESL had initially decided to pick the new partner teams before ESL Pro League Season 14, they had to wait until after the season as more than 40 organizations had applied to sign the 'Louvre Agreement'.

These teams and their investors have recognised the value of what we are building with the ESL Pro League project. The fact that they have put down such significant bids shows they see real stable governance and growing value, that puts us on a par with other top-tier investment opportunities in esports or sports. We are in no doubt that each of these three teams will meaningfully contribute to our momentum, in the spirit of collaboration, global growth and strategic creativity.
Alex Inglot - Commissioner of ESL Pro League

As part of this deal, Furia will focus on representing South America while also supporting the North American region as they plan to relocate to Florida, USA.

While both Furia and BIG are all set to join ESL as a partnered team with immediate effect, Heroic will have to wait a while before their official induction. Due to the Heroic's change in leadership and their recent involvement with an investigation being headed by the ESIC, a mutual decision was taken to delay the team's official start date to the second half of 2022.

Heroic to official join in second half of 2022

All the 15 CS:GO teams partnered with ESL under the 'Louvre Agreement; are as follows:

  1. Astralis

  2. BIG

  3. Complexity

  4. ENCE

  5. Evil Geniuses

  6. FaZe

  7. fnatic

  8. FURIA

  9. G2

  10. MOUZ

  11. Natus Vincere

  12. Ninjas In Pyjamas

  13. Liquid

  14. Vitality

  15. Heroic [2020 Second Half]

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Aditya is the in-house CS:GO writer at AFK Gaming. While his understanding of the esports space is not restricted by geographical borders, his current focus lies in the Asian region. Understands and follows almost all major esport titles.