ESEA have unveiled a new matchmaking system as well as announcing a new format, which will include ranks and monthly $20,000 pug league for players competing in the ESL Pro League North American division and more.
Today ESEA announced a new revised format to their matchmaking system, which will include a new ranking system not unlike FACEIT's, as players taking part will be distributed in four ranks according to their "elo", A through D, and will have a chance to work their way up. The only rank that will receive the monthly prize pool of $20,000, rank S, will be played by professional players. Each top contender at the end of the month will be scored based upon the players individual points.
ESEA will be allowing all players across the professional division, including valve-banned members of ex-iBUYPOWER, as well as the two highest ranks from outside of rank S to earn their place. Those player performances will be revised at the end of the following month to determine if that player will be demoted or stay in the competition. In the meantime, ESEA is only allowing these services in North America, however according to the release by ESEA, the league looks to expand the competition to Europe's players by early April.
Back in September of 2014 when we released ESEA Matchmaking, we set out to create a system that scaled with the growing community and provided an experience that made ESEA more fun to play. Since then, the community has grown faster than we ever expected and a lot of players seeking a better experience in CS:GO have joined ESEA. Today we are proud to announce three new features to ESEA: Elo, Ranks and Rank S -- all designed to make ESEA more fun, and the best experience in the world.
-Brett "Few" Sheffield