ESEA League and Valve has announced that no Counter Strike team, no matter the division, should have any association with a betting site.
ESEA said that such associations will harm the integrity of overall league, and can’t be tolerated. According to ESEA:
The following excerpt is from the announcement by Valve following the bans of players earlier this year, “Professional players, teams, and anyone involved in the production of CS:GO events, should under no circumstances gamble on CS:GO matches, associate with high volume CS:GO gamblers, or deliver information to others that might influence their CS:GO bets.
To clarify – as a professional player, team manager or event production staff, it is common to have personal relationships and/or privileged information about other teams and players. Because of this, we will always assume that you have access to private CS:GO-related “inside information” that might give you an unfair advantage when placing a bet on any CS:GO game or match.”
Valve was clear when sending their message, and we fully intend to stand by it. Playing throughout all divisions in ESEA League is the direct path to Pro League, the largest CS:GO League in the world. Being directly sponsored by a gambling website, no matter the division, is not something we want in ESEA League, as it is detrimental to the integrity of the overall League
ESEA is reaching out to teams sponsored by such websites, and is asking them change their name. Teams will not be allowed to promote betting websites via their name or tags in the future.