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Behind One Tap League, the team-owned CS:GO competition in Spain and Portugal

Many believe esports is in need of change, and evidence of this can be found by putting Counter-Strike: Global Offensive under a microscope. A group of well-to-do organisations – the likes of Cloud9, Immortals Gaming Club, and OverActive Media – came together earlier this year to take a stand against the current state of affairs. Ejecting their teams from the ESL Pro League, which was undoubtedly the biggest ongoing competition of its type in terms of viewership, eight organisations each committed millions of dollars to start Flashpoint – a league that prioritises “sustainability and prosperity” by delivering “differentiated content and storytelling. ” Flashpoint is dubbed as the first team-owned league in CS:GO, but it’s not the only of its kind. In April, seven teams from across Portugal and Spain came together – alongside event organiser CABAL esports – to establish their own competition, the One Tap League. Much like the teams that came together to challenge the status quo with Flashpoint, the founding partners of One Tap League felt that the Iberian region needed something new to really elevate its domestic scene – both locally and internationally.

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