Fnatic announced Tuesday it would transfer its academy team amid growing concerns about organizations owning multiple teams that could compete against one another.
Fnatic Academy formed in August and actually cracked HLTV’s top 30 rankings for a while, but Fnatic will look to sell the team as ESL rules about multi-team ownership have changed.
“From day one it’s been an amazing experience to work with our Academy guys and we are super proud of their achievements and efforts under our banner,” Fnatic chief gaming officer Patrik “cArn” Sattermon said in a statement. “It’s been truly rewarding to work with Andreas and the players and it’s been particularly great to follow the team’s recent development as they are coming closer to graduating from our Academy program.”
The ESL ruled last month that academy teams could not compete in the same tournaments as their partner organizations, and they couldn’t even play in qualifiers if the main teams were invited to the main event. The move was done to curb the chance for conflicts of interest that would arise if a team ever met its academy team during a LAN or online competition.
That very instance happened with Fnatic and Fnatic Academy in the qualifiers for StarLadder Kiev in March.
It will be interesting to see if other organizations follow suit and get rid of their academy teams as the new rules take shape. That said, PGL, which will run the upcoming Major in January, made it seem as if it doesn’t care about conflicts of interest with academy teams. After Team Spirit and Spirit Academy qualified for the CIS Minor, PGL ruled it would still allow both teams to compete as long as they worse different branding and colors to curb “confusion.”