An NA CS:GO League Is In The Works Codenamed ‘B Site,’ Cloud9, Astralis And MIBR Expected To Participate

An NA CS:GO League Is In The Works Codenamed ‘B Site,’ Cloud9, Astralis And MIBR Expected To Participate
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Since its release in 2012, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is still among the top eSports titles today. A rumored new North American league is currently in the works expected to debut in March 2020. The said tournament will include 12 teams, with big names such as Astralis, Cloud9, and MIBR.

Perhaps an attempt to answer the Overwatch League, which is now on its third season, codename “B Site” is reported to have two seasons per the calendar year with a $2 million in the shared prize pool. Teams for as long as they retain their spot in the league will be part owners for future seasons.

The NA organizations Immortal Gaming Club’s MIBR and Cloud9 are reportedly taking charge of the formation of B Site. Reports also suggest that each season will run for a month with a points-based top eight teams competing in playoffs. Alternating between EU and NA stadiums, the first LAN finals will be in Europe.

Unlike ESL and BLAST’s tournaments, B Site is inclined to just paying out $1 million in shared compensation directly to players. The well-established CS:GO events usually have revenue-shared agreements among the participating teams. With this new structure, players’ take-home league revenue will almost double that of ESL’s. The squads are also not locked exclusively to participate outside of B Site tournaments, which the fans have longed been asking.

Conflict With Schedule And Line-up

As C9 pushes the new NA league forward, it is facing an internal problem themselves. Just this month, their core CS:GO roster was signed to Gen.G, which includes Timothy “autimatic” Ta. Tim played for C9 for more than three years and is the last member of the ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018. The decorated eSports organization is yet to pursue any new players or roster to fill up the void. Rumors points that C9 is interested in ATK’s NA roster, which includes Johnny ‘JT’ Theodosiou, Ricky ‘floppy’ Kemery, and Aran ‘Sonic’ Groesbeek, though nothing has been official yet.

B Site is expected to dodge any prime circuits like Valve’s Majors and other ESL Pro League bouts. Lukas ‘gla1ve’ Rossander of team Astralis opened up on rumors they have decided which league to join. “The Astralis team hasn’t decided anything yet,” the Danish star tweets. “NOTHING is decided for us.” The current Astralis roster is one of the most dominant teams in CS:GO history. They have recently won significant tournaments like StarLadder Berlin Major 2019, Intel Extreme Masters Season XIII – Katowice Major 2019, and the FACEIT Major: London 2018. They have become the team win most Major titles under their belt with four.

Different circuits, such as the new BLAST’s Premier League, which boasts a whopping $4.25 million in the prize pool, is another concern of B Site. Reports suggest that Astralis and MIBR already confirmed their participation. The Premier League will begin during the first quarter of 2020.

Other S-tier fan favorites teams have also confirmed their attendance. NaVi, Team Liquid, Faze, and G2 are among the groups to compete for the prize pool. Considering their stature in the CS:GO eSports, these teams can be strong candidates for the B Site tournament as well.