CS:GO Tournament Organizers Need to Have NCAA Style Contracts With Teams

by Kevin Hitt

(Photo: WESG)

It is time for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament organizers across the board to create contracts similar to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Conferences when it comes to competition.

With GODSENT dropping out from the World Electronic Sports Games 2016 Finals on less than a day’s notice, it may finally be time for tournament organizers. And to further the reason why tournament organizers need to protect themselves, GODSENT's reason that they were going to be unprofessional and practice for the upcoming ELEAGUE Major which they qualified for last month should be enough.

Jesper "JW” Wecksell first took to twitter and then to reddit to explain why GODSENT, the No. 10 team in the world according to the WWG CS:GO Team Rankings would not be participating at the WESG 2016 Finals, “It is however true we took this decision and told them very last minute, something we feel is very unprofessional and a very egoistic thing to do,” said JW. “…it was very last minute as i said and we all send out our deepest apologize to WESG and the fans here. I know what i wrote here maybe doesnt make that much sense…”

GODSENT has had a history of dropping out of events for various reasons. They were replaced by Team X at Northern Arena this past August as well as the iBUYPOWER Masters in October where they were replaced by FlipSid3 Tactics, leaving both tournaments in a bind.

However, GODSENT isn’t the only team that tournament organizers needed protection from this past year. Here’s a list of the most notable teams that have dropped out of tournaments for various reasons:

  • GODSENT – WESG 2016 Finals, Northern Arena, iBUYPOWER Masters
  • Virtus.pro - IEM Oakland
  • Fnatic - ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals and DreamHack Malmo
  • The MongolZ - MLG Columbus Qualifier
  • Natus Vincere – CEVO Season 9 Playoffs
  • TyLoo – i-League StarLadder Season 1 1
  • Luminosity Gaming – i-League StarLadder Season 1 and Northern Arena Toronto
  • Born of Fire – i-League StarLadder Seasonl 1
  • SK Gaming – i-League StarLadder Season 2
  • China – The World Championships 2016
  • United States – The World Championships 2016

The fact of the matter is that this has been a continuous trend in Counter-Strike which has in no small terms damaged the game and the bottom line for tournament organizers.

The conferences and member institutions of the NCAA are all required to sign match contracts when two schools want to compete against each other or when a school wishes to enter a tournament. This example from the Southland Conference reads:

“Violation of Terms. In the event either party fails to produce its team and play said game(s) on said date(s) at the agreed upon site(s) or violates any clause of the Agreement without the express written permission of the other party, it shall pay to the party not at fault the sum of dollars ( ), within one week of the date on which the breach of contract occurs. In addition, the violating party shall pay to the party not at fault all expenses incurred in pursuance of the Agreement by the party not at fault.”

This contract can easily be modified to become relevant between CS:GO teams and tournament organizers as a safeguard against teams dropping out in the self-proclaimed, unprofessional manner GODSENT left the WESG 2016 Finals.

As the esports world continues to grow and mature, acts of unprofessionalism are going to be met with much stiffer and punitive actions. With more money and investors continuing to enter the space, they will bring with it a no-nonsense attitude when it comes to this type of behavior.