Esports promoter ESL plans considerable changes in European structure
ESL, the esports promoter owned by Sweden’s Modern Times Group, is reported to be cutting a substantial number of jobs from its offices in Spain, the UK and France.
A leaked internal communication from ESL earlier this week said that the organisation’s offices in the aforementioned countries will see “considerable changes in future.”
ESL, which organises esports tournaments for a wide range of leagues and competitions, said it wanted to focus more on its Polish and German offices, in alignment with "our global strategy."
The internal note said: “Spain and France will be affected immediately, whereas the UK office is currently under assessment and roles have been put at risk. This has been a very difficult process and we are trying to secure as many jobs as possible.”
Several ESL employees in Spain have already posted on Twitter saying they have lost their jobs, and there have also been reports that offices in Latin America have also been affected.
ESL claimed that the main purpose of the change was to “refocus our entities on local growth, while supporting the global ESL brand.”
In October, it was announced that MTG was embarking on a strategic review of its gaming business, which could lead to the establishment of a joint venture, or the evolution of the firm into a pure esport company.