DeKay reports that a new CS:GO league, B Site, will be launching a competitive series in early 2020. Twelve teams will pay $2m USD for a franchise slot and partial ownership of the league. While other NA-based forays failed as a result of including exclusivity agreements on its teams, B Site will not place similar restrictions on participating in other tournaments. 1
While participating in events outside of semi-annual Major tournaments should be free from contractual limitation, B Site’s proposed schedule of three month-long regular seasons followed by a tournament playoff with a year-ending LAN final could easily eat up half a year of time in planning and execution. Forget the two million USD investment on a slot, that’s a huge time commitment for these organizations.
I wonder how MTG feel about the prospect of a successful NA-based venture stealing their thunder after being rebuked again for attempting virtually the same thing. Well, nearly the same thing.
How about the realistic returns on investment for orgs and rosters? DeKay shows off a chart of a projected revenue share and it’s a substantially higher rate than what the same chart claims MTG pay out for its ESL Pro League participants.