Well, CAL page is back up, but all matches are still postponed with no real projection to when thing might be up and running again. Let’s hope this is just a quick bump in the road of what will be a promising change-over to the CPL Holdings Group. I mean, they can’t do worse than Angel Munoz, right?
Well, it looks like a serious blow might have been dealt to the competitive gaming community today. The Cyberathlete Amateur League, or simply CAL, looks to be in some form of stasis right now. For those unfamiliar, CAL started in 2001 as a competitive Counter Strike league. Over the past seven and a half years, the league has expanded to cover 25 different games, most recently adding Valve’s Left 4 Dead to its roster. So what happened? Right now, its not quite certain, but there has been some hand-changing lately. Angel Munoz of NewWorld.com, the previous owner of both CAL and CPL (Cyberathlete Professional League), sold both properties to a new Middle-Eastern company, CPL Holdings Group. So rumor has it that the CAL admins are locked out of their accounts and the servers are being moved from 10 Linux boxes to 1 Windows box. Here’s what’s for sure. The original CAL site (www.caleague.com) is dead as well as the forums. A new site, however, www.cplholdings.com, seems to be up and looks deceptively like the old site (just wait, a small alien is going to tear its way through the site’s chest and spit acid in your eyes). Oh, the forums seem to have been moved as well. One last thing, CAL’s anti-cheat system, ACS, isn’t working due to the changeover, so all matches are postponed until further notice. So will this actually be the end of CAL? Will this company breath new life into the league? Will I finally have to stop playing Counter-Strike: Source? I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Oh, and to those who say, “Hey Logan, less qq and more pew pew. Why don’t you join a different league?”, I have this to say: CAL for free > paying for CEVO or ESEA, so STFU and GTFO.
Well, with that being said, I’ll leave you with a video on the jump. As par for the course, don’t watch it in good company as it is NSFW.