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IEM says goodbye to CS 1.6

By Marvin 'Destroyer1721' Horstmann
Jun 14, 2012 16:47


ImageMany had suspected it and now it's official: Counter-Strike 1.6 will not play a major role in the development of Extreme Masters franchise anymore. Reason is the negative global popularity of the game.

A sad day for all Counter-Strike 1.6 fans. The Intel Extreme Masters have made the decision to drop 1.6 as their main title. Many people had foreseen the move, especially as there was a clear sense from all involved that the latest IEM World Championship was the last final for 1.6.

With this news much will change in the scene. The announcement was made on the ESL World website and while it confirmed that 1.6 was being dropped it gave no clues as to whether it would be replaced by another Counter-Strike title.

Whether Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will replace the title is not known but is nevertheless still more than probable. The news also said that for smaller events they may decide to use it still as a competitive title.

Here is the full statement from MichaƂ "Carmac" Blicharz, Director of Pro Gaming:

"Counter-Strike 1.6 will be taken off the main titles list for the upcoming 2012-2013 Intel Extreme Masters season.
Over the six seasons in the Intel Extreme Masters, Counter-Strike 1.6 brought a lot of fantastic moments to our events and its community contributed enormously towards its global growth. We hope we have delivered a great deal of entertainment and emotions in return.

For a truly global project like ours, with events on four different continents and many different countries, we require game titles with professional players and teams from all corners of the world. In the recent years of Counter-Strike 1.6, the game has retained its status of a top professional game in Europe but declined in other parts of the world. This was evident at our events outside of Europe.

With this as the basis, we have decided to take Counter-Strike off the main titles list. This means that if CS 1.6 will be featured at an event, it will only be for certain events where it is a perfect fit for the Intel Extreme Masters locally.

The legacy of CS in the Intel Extreme Masters is one of the greatest stories in all of ESL. The names of the champions of all six seasons will be engraved on every Intel Extreme Masters season final trophy a player or a team will ever win."


Seasonal champions of IEM World Championships. These teams will stay in the history of competitive esports forever.

Season 1 - PL ESC Gaming
Season 2 - DE mousesports
Season 3 - SE Fnatic
Season 4 - UA Natus Vincere
Season 5 - UA Natus Vincere
Season 6 - PL ESC Gaming

What do you think about these changes? Do you think it is time for a new game? Is this decision wrong? Leave your comments below.

Source: ESL World: Counter-Strike off the main titles list in upcoming season
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