Louvre Agreement Sanctions: Conflict of Interest Case in CS:GO 2021

In January 2023, the Commissioner’s Office of the Louvre Agreement was made aware of a range of claims about possible breach of the partnership’s rules and regulations. In line with its governance code, an independent investigation was commissioned, approved by the ESL Pro League’s Executive Board.

That investigation has now concluded. It found that Astralis asked for and received services from a future employee between April and July 2021, which created a Conflict of Interest as that party held a position of authority within a competitor team. It did not report this to league authorities and the competing team itself. This was found to be a breach of the regulations of the Louvre Agreement. Other claims were investigated in this process, however no other breaches were identified.

As a result, the Executive Board has decided that:

Astralis is fined a grand total of USD 100,000 for maintaining and not reporting an existing conflict of interest.

This total includes legal and procedural fees. The independent inquiry found that no competition or match results were impacted, which the Executive Board wishes to place on record.

Anders Horsholt, speaking as CEO of Astralis, added:

“From the moment Astralis were approached by the Commissioner’s Office with regards to these allegations, we worked closely and collaboratively with them, the Executive Board and the investigators to support their process. We are equally surprised and disappointed with the conclusion of the investigation, but we believe all parties have learned a lot throughout this process, and we accept the verdict. In Astralis, we firmly believe in maintaining high standards of professionalism, integrity, and fair play, and as such we are proud of the fact that the Louvre Agreement is at the forefront of good governance and regulatory discipline, under which a complaint by a Member is taken seriously and followed up on with a thorough investigation. We also wish to recognize the diligent work done by all involved parties in this matter. As the Louvre Agreement is a continually-evolving document, we anticipate working together with the Members in the near future to see if and how we can iterate this process further, and keep it at that best practice level.”

Alex Inglot, Commissioner of the ESL Pro League, commented:
“Thankfully the need to investigate a Member is rare, but we will always act on critical information and investigate their relevance. We ensured that all steps of the process set out in our Agreement were followed, using industry-leading independent experts along the way.” “The findings notwithstanding, I would like to commend the constructive manner in which Astralis conducted themselves throughout the inquiry and upon its outcome.” “Our ESL Pro League fans, partners and participants expect us and our Members to operate with the highest standards of integrity, both on the server and away from it. We are proud to have had support from a range of individuals and organisations during this investigation and to have finalised a position that reassures all involved.”
Alex Inglot
Commissioner of the ESL Pro League

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