NAVI’s CEO: "Partnership with ESL has brought the organization over $2 million this year"

Evgeniy Zolotarev, the CEO of NAVI, in an interview with ESL Commissioner Alexander Inglot, shared the details of the club's cooperation with the tournament operator. Speaking about the financial side of the partnership, the head of the Ukrainian organization said that this year NAVI received more than $2 million from ESL.

Winning Season 14 and getting the Intel Grand Slam was a phenomenal achievement by the team and validates all the reasons why we became a Partner Team. For the players, their consistency really paid off; they went home with the Season 14 prize money and the Grand Slam prize pool. For NAVI as a business, we gain the rewards of our business partnership with ESL as a Partner Team and get a cut of the Season 14 revenue share as well. All together this takes us to more than $2million in earnings from our participation this year and gives us so much more momentum to keep growing and investing back in our organisation.

Let us recall that the ESL affiliate program, which Zolotarev spoke about, was presented at the beginning of 2020. In addition to the permanent slot in the Pro League, it also provides for revenue-sharing of the league and other major championships hosted by ESL.

Initially, thirteen clubs signed the agreement with the tournament operator: Astralis, Complexity, ENCE, Evil Geniuses, FaZe, fnatic, G2, mousesports, NAVI, Liquid, NIP, Vitality and 100 Thieves. Subsequently, 100 Thieves ceased the cooperation since they left the professional CS:GO scene.

In March of this year, ESL started accepting applications from organizations that wish to become a new partner of the Pro League. At the moment, the selection results are unknown.