ESEA and TF2 go back almost 7 years, but our relationship status could charitably be described as "it's complicated." As with Counter-Strike, our TF2 league represents the highest echelon of competition in the game. Unlike Counter-Strike, we're not the center of the TF2 universe in terms of where players pug, scrim, and live on the forums.
With our recent million dollar Pro League announcement, ESEA will no longer be running our traditional season-ending LAN playoffs for all Invite divisions -- ESEA runs Pro League online, ESL runs Pro League offline playoffs. To reiterate, this effectively means there will be no TF2 LAN for the foreseeable future.
Pro League, no TF2 LAN, and the fact that we now have over 60,000 paid CSGO subscribers all makes a strong case for no longer supporting TF2, and as of a few weeks ago that was my decision.
After speaking with a number of TF2 players at ESEA LAN though, seeing again how passionate they are for their game, and seeing that first hand through their successful plea for support and visit to Valve, I changed my mind.
We will still run TF2 S19, there will still be an Invite division, and there will be no decrease in prize money paid out. We want to give the TF2 community a chance to grow along with the recently announced TF2 matchmaking, and we will continue our support, including the possibility of a future ESEA TF2 LAN, for as long as the game remains healthy.