Jonas Alsaker Vikan steps down as ESL’s Tournament Director

Jonas “bsl” Alsaker Vikan has announced his departure from his role as Tournament Director at ESL.

Vikan is a former professional Counter-Strike 1.6 player, and announced his leave of absence from esports on Medium.

Jonas Alsaker Vikan

Over the 11 months Vikan spent at ESL, he spent 138 days travelling or away from home – working on 11 professional events under the banner of ESL One, IEM, or Pro League around the world. He notes that the main reason he’s stepping away from ESL – and esports as a whole, for now – is because he’s required to spend a lot of time away from his two young children.

Vikan explained in his post: “Walking away now, from esports and from such an exciting position in the world’s biggest esport company, is hard. I started in esports in 1999, when there was no esports. Just a computer and some games. No lights, no money, no fame, no future.”

He continued, explaining the likelihood of him staying away from the esports industry for good: “A friend who has supported my every esport endeavor over nearly 20 years asked me if I am now finally done with esports. My answer was I think that’s not possible, its fabric is too closely weaved with who I am. It has given me everything. But for right now, I need to step down.”

Vikan was appointed by ESL in August of last year, but his career in esports kicked off in 2002. He co-founded team Meredia and played Counter-Strike 1.6 competitively, before creating Team NoA and developing the team as one of the best in the world.

Esports Insider says: Not too long ago it was revealed that IEM Katowice would be the home of the first CS:GO Major in 2019, so that’s a good way for Vikan to bow out from his position. We wish him the best of luck for the future and hope decides to return to the industry one day!