Earlier today, it was announced that ESL was hiring critically acclaimed TV producer, David Hill, to work on some of their tournaments. Just hours ago, the company revealed that their upcoming tournament “WESA Katowice 2017” will be using a new “Pay-Per-Round” technology.
“It’s an extremely great system,” one of the ESL execs told us in an exclusive interview, “While trying to think about how we can improve the CS:GO viewing experience – we came up with the idea of charging viewers to view. David suggested we appeal to the fact that half of the community are gambling addicts and make them gamble their money on if it’s going to be a great match or not.”
The new system will charge viewers $5 to watch each round of the tournament. “It’ll create hype among the viewers,” he continued to tell us, “Will you pay $5 to watch your favourite team’s eco round, just so you can be one of the few to witness the amazing clutch? It’ll really make the game so much more interesting to the viewers.”
As expected, the personalities within the CS:GO scene were far from happy. We spoke with Thorin (who was still bragging about his insane prediction that the #1 ranked team in the world would win the major being true) and asked his opinion on the matter. “The last time I criticised a Katowice tournament, I nearly had my career ruined so I will decline to comment. I will say that Poland’s still a shithole though.”
The tournament, regardless of it’s shady money strategy, is still drumming up a lot of hype within the CS:GO community as many can’t wait to see how it changes the scene. “I don’t watch the games anyway,” one supporter told us, “I just look at the crowd and judge the event by how big the crowd is and how loud they scream. Polish fans scream the loudest and I can’t wait!”
Many other fans are excited for what could be a “second major” coming up. “The ELeague Major was good, but I think Katowice will be even better,” a NIP fan told Global Defensive. NIP have been invited to attend the tournament, although Betway are still offering 3-1 odds that they fail to qualify.