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A new blog entry by the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team at Valve, suggests that the developer is looking for more transparency in 2020. Not only are they being transparent with the community about these new initiatives, but they are pushing professional teams and tournaments to be more transparent with you.

Valve took community feedback to a blog posted back in August. The blog entry, entitled "Keeping Things Competitive," focused on eliminating conflicts of interest for professional Counter-Strike tournaments and events. It also provided details on how they want certain aspects of their esports coverage to be handled going forward. It was this blog post that provided Valve with enough community feedback to make today's announcement.

Today's new push for transparency seems to be focused mainly on professional teams and tournament organizers. If you are none of those things, you can probably just ignore this.

A quick update on our plans for 2020 Majors:

Some of the feedback we’ve received in response to our blog post “Keeping Things Competitive” from teams and tournament organizers is that the business of leagues (specifically, shared ownership of leagues between TOs and teams) does not create new conflicts of interest, because similar arrangements have existed in the past and those conflicts of interest are not significant.

While we can point to clear cases where relationships between teams and TOs have generated distrust in the community, we agree that our near-term priority should be collecting more data and requiring more transparency so that conflicts of interest can be properly evaluated.

Therefore, for 2020, teams and players registering for the Majors will be required to publicly disclose their business relationships with other participants and/or the tournament organizer, so that public conversations can be had about the value that leagues and other entanglements offer versus the risk that they pose. Failure to disclose any business with the TO or other participants will likely result in disqualification.

We do not intend to add any other requirements for participation in (or hosting of) 2020 Major Championships.