The Danish team, North, has received ESL Pro League spot formerly held by dignitas. The ex-dignitas roster left the organization in mid-December before signing under North, a team formed out of a partnership between F.C. Copenhagen and Nordisk film. The team currently sits at No. 4 in the WWG CSGO Team Rankings after a quarterfinals exit at the ELEAGUE Major where it fell to eventual finalist No. 3 Virtus.pro.
The spot had been up in the air since the roster switch but has been confirmed as now being under North's possession after review. dignitas reportedly requested its license be removed and therefore was transferred to North, giving the roster the ability to hold it's spot in the ESL Pro League.
ESL will require North to maintain a majority of the roster for the first 14 matches of the season in order to become the permanent owner of the Pro League spot.
This season of ESL will be stream exclusively to YouTube rather than Twitch which has been the broadcast platform of choice since CS:GO's release.
The fifth season of the ESL Pro League will begin on February 7 and run through June 5 with the finals taking place in Dallas, Texas from June 3-5.
The European division adds LDLC to the ranks as PENTA Esports failed to win its relegation match. In the North American region, both Selfless and Splyce will move down to Premier, making room for the addition of Luminosity and RUSH to the professional league. Luminosity is now the third Brazilian lineup to make its way into the NA ESL Pro League.