In September, the mention that the team is an academy of the Team Spirit organization disappeared from the ESPADA CS: GO roster page on Liquipedia. This was noticed by the users of the portal.
Information that the ESPADA roster is associated with Team Spirit appeared in April 2019 – then this was announced by journalist and insider Alexey OverDrive Biryukov. Later, he also announced that Ethereal was joining the organization’s structure.
Previously, all three teams began fighting for slots at the ESL One Rio 2020 Major. According to the rules of Valve and ESL, organizations must warn about conflicts of interest – for example, about the clubs’ general management, ownership, licenses, and more.
In a comment to Escorenews, Team Spirit CEO Nikita Chukalin explained that earlier ESPADA was indeed a part of the organization, but later the club sold it to a private investor.
“Yes, ESPADA really started under the Spirit Academy tag. However, at one point we realized that it was not very interesting for us financially, and offered to buy the project out to one private investor who was interested in e-sports and the creation of his own club in particular. The deal was successful, and since then we have no direct relationship with this roster / club and have no influence on them. The only thing that connects us is the relationship with Lesha OverDrive. And we and ESPADA use his services as a scout and analyst.
Of course, we are very familiar with the current management of ESPADA, but our relationship is no different from the relationship with people from other clubs. ”
According to Biryukov, Ethereal is now also no longer part of the Team Spirit structure. He noted that this is his own team, funded by a third-party investor.
On September 9, ESL, together with Valve, canceled the only Major in 2020 – ESL One Rio 2020. The tournament operator did not reveal new dates for the event. The company said it will be announcing a new championship after it makes sure all participants can be safe.