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The ESL Pro League partnership for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive between 14 teams and ESL Gaming, known as the Louvre Agreement, has been extended until at least 2025, according to an announcement by ESL Gaming.
The following teams are involved in the partnership:
- BIG Esports
- Complexity Gaming
- Evil Geniuses
- FaZe Clan
- Furia Esports
- G2 Esports
- Natus Vincere
- Ninjas in Pyjamas
- Team Liquid
- Team Vitality
The Louvre Agreement
Members of the Louvre Agreement lead the growth of the ESL Pro League. This is done by establishing structures, which helps with stakeholder input and the distribution of revenue. The members work toward supporting team stability through these actions as well. Those involved with the partnership explore commercial opportunities for the further development of the ESL Pro League.
“The extension also brings a vote of confidence for the recently launched CS:GO Hub, an integrated analysis and coaching tool, as well as a forum where the long-term viability of new joint ventures, such as a CS:GO-focused NFT strategy, can be further discussed,” the ESL announcement states.
The future of the ESL Pro League
In the announcement, Commissioner of the ESL Pro League Alex Inglot said he’s proud to help create something dynamic for the CS:GO ecosystem. He added that the agreement was created out of the shared desire for a sustainable and ambitious framework within CS:GO and that the extension was agreed upon unanimously.
ESL Gaming Co-CEO Ralf Reichert also shared his excitement. “As partners, the teams have brought the ESL Pro League to a whole new level,” he said, “and having this agreement extended ensures a balanced governance and decision-making infrastructure for years to come.”
In the announcement, Team Liquid’s Victor Goossens said the extension strengthens the CS:GO ecosystem in North America.
“It’s a display of what we can build together. We play in many different leagues — the LCS, DreamLeague, EPIC League and many more — but for us, the Louvre Agreement is what makes the ESL Pro League special,” Goossens said. “We built it, we’re part of it, and now we’re watching it grow. It’s a very fulfilling process and we’re excited to see what this does across the industry.”
Amy Chen is an esports journalist and enthusiast who specializes in in-depth interviews and breaking news. A University of Toronto and Humber College graduate, she is passionate about building up the Canadian esports industry. Her current favorite games are Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm, and she has always had a soft spot for World of Warcraft!