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Luci Kelemen
Luci Kelemen

Writes about way too many things. Has way too many opinions. Wants to tell all the interesting stories in the world.

Feb 19, 2020

The battle between CS:GO’s upcoming leagues has been surprisingly overexposed on Twitter, providing quite the first draft of history even before either side fired their first shot on the servers. A significant part of this is Thorin’s involvement with the FLASHPOINT project as a creative director, as the omnipresent esports historian hasn’t pulled any punches on the platform, driving the discussion on an almost daily basis. What if you consumed nothing but the 288-character back-and-forth between the actors in this drama? For better or for worse, this is the impression you would have gotten:

Monday, December 16, 2018

First details of ‘B Site’ revealed by DeKay

Friday, January 10, 2019

ESL requests in-person meeting with prominent CS:GO orgs, seeks 4-year deals

Tuesday, January 14

Details of the LANXESS Agreement term sheet leaked by DeKay

Thursday, January 16

ESL, DreamHack, and CSPPA sign framework agreement for ESL Pro Tour

Friday, January 17

Reporting reveals the end of ECS

Saturday, January 18

Thorin announces Creative Director role in ‘B Site’

Monday, January 20

HLTV founder comments on ESL’s ranking; Richard Lewis corroborates reporting on the LANXESS agreement

Wednesday, January 22

Cloud9 and Astralis representatives go on record about their thought process about the leagues

Thursday, January 23

‘B Site’ announces its talent lineup; C9 President Dan Fiden makes appearance on By The Numbers; DeKay reports on 24-team Pro League format

Friday, January 24

ESL announces first details of revamped ESL Pro League amid community backlash

Saturday, January 25

Amid the continuing fallout, Thorin declares he won’t work with ESL in the future and announces open qualifiers for ‘Rush B’; Richard Lewis floats possible By The Numbers appearances by ESL representatives

Monday, January 27

ESL’s Senior VP of Product issues an apology; CSPPA weighs in on the controversy

Tuesday, January 28

Astralis floats Pro League participation; Semmler makes appearance on HLTV Confirmed

Friday, January 31

ESL announces special qualifying process for Pro League Season 12; ESL representatives make By The Numbers appearance

Sunday, February 2

‘Rush B’ qualifiers overlap with the Rio Minors’, confusion emerges on Twitter

Monday, February 3

ESL’s CARMAC appears on HLTV Confirmed

Tuesday, February 4

‘B Site’ qualifiers rescheduled as Thorin apologizes for erroneous comments about the matter

Wednesday, February 5

FLASHPOINT’s official reveal

Thursday, February 6

Thorin interviewed by GGRecon; GODSENT confirms EPL choice over FLASHPOINT

Saturday, February 8

Thorin repeatedly criticizes ESL’s World Ranking

Sunday, February 9

InvenGlobal publishes interview about FLASHPOINT’s creative direction; EU open qualifier #3 restarted due to “unforeseen circumstances”

Monday, February 10

The Esports Observer publishes interview with FLASHPOINT ownership members

Tuesday, February 11

Esportz Network publishes interview with Gen.G co-founder and Dan Fiden of Cloud9; MAJ3R complains about qualifier rules as FACEIT issues statement

Monday, February 16

Continued overlaps between FLASHPOINT qualifiers and Minor qualifiers are discussed on Twitter

Tuesday, February 17

Thorin calls out Astralis on Twitter; Nikolaj Nyholm weighs in

Tuesday, February 18

ESL announces their partner teams for Pro League among the other participants

Tuesday, February 19

ESL’s revenue sharing plans scrutinized

What have learned from all this? First, it feels like DeKay's reporting is everywhere you look, forming significant part of this story with revelations throghout the months. In fact, most of the reporting across the scene was accurate with regards to these competitions. It's also interesting the track the concerted effort by the FLASHPOINT people to score appearances and daily interview releases in the endemic esports media across the last few weeks. No doubt ESL's seismic format change and FLASHPOINT's corresponding qualifier announcement (and its effects on scheduling) have further strained relations between the tournament organizers. And of course, there's Thorin, the mad conductor of straight fire messages, dominating the conversation and single-handedly elevating FLASHPOINT in the wider discussion, aggressively going to bat for the project and arguably risking some of his credibility in the process. No doubt there’s more to come and the war is far from over. The soap opera, however, is already in full swing.

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