Valve to Prohibit Franchise Leagues in Counter-Strike Starting 2025
Valve has published a post on the Counter-Strike blog announcing a change in its approach to the competitive scene, with the updated rules taking effect from 2025.
"We think that Counter-Strike should be an open sport. So we’re going to add new requirements to running large-scale competitive events. The finer details are still in progress, but here are the broad strokes:
- Tournament organizers will no longer have unique business relationships or other conflicts of interest with teams that participate in their events.
- Invitations to all tournaments will use our ranking system, or otherwise be determined by open qualifiers.
- Any compensation for participating teams—prize pool or otherwise—will be made public and will be driven by objective criteria that can be inspected by the community," reads the post.