In September, Valve made a lengthy blog post about “Keeping things competitive” talking about fairness in CS: GO Majors, leagues and importantly, conflict of interest, as teams and players should not have any financial interest in the success of any team that they are competing against in CS: GO esports.
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Now, in the latest CS: GO blog post called “Keeping things transparent“, Valve has provided additional details and throughs, specifically aimed towards relationships between teams and tournament organizers in CS: GO Majors. In short, teams and players registering for CS: GO Majors in the 2020 season have to disclose their business relationships with tournament organizers or other participating teams and players.
If teams or do not follow this new rule, they will likely get disqualified from a tournament. This is all to keep things transparent in CS: GO Majors going forward and so there won’t be a distrust in the community. Check out the full explanation from Valve below:
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”#33FFF7″ class=”” size=”20″] Some of the feedback we’ve received in response to our blog post “Keeping Things Competitive” from teams and tournament organizers is that the business of leagues (specifically, shared ownership of leagues between TOs and teams) does not create new conflicts of interest, because similar arrangements have existed in the past and those conflicts of interest are not significant.
While we can point to clear cases where relationships between teams and TOs have generated distrust in the community, we agree that our near-term priority should be collecting more data and requiring more transparency so that conflicts of interest can be properly evaluated. Therefore, for 2020, teams and players registering for the Majors will be required to publicly disclose their business relationships with other participants and/or the tournament organizer, so that public conversations can be had about the value that leagues and other entanglements offer versus the risk that they pose. Failure to disclose any business with the TO or other participants will likely result in disqualification. [/perfectpullquote]
At the time of writing, Valve notes that they do not intend to add any additional rules to the 2020 season except for the one above.
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