Machine parts ways with ESL

by theScore Staff Oct 31 2016
Thumbnail image courtesy of Helena Kristiansson / ESL

The ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals on Sunday were Alex "Machine" Richardson's last event as an employee of ESL, the UK CS:GO caster announced this morning.

Machine, who joined ESL in 2014 and has hosted the main desk or analyst desk at the ESL Pro League Finals for the past two years, said on Twitter that he has no plans to stop casting, but going forward he will participate in CS:GO and Call of Duty events as a freelancer.

Working independently will free Machine to work with ESL competitors like ELEAGUE and FACEIT. Hints have already been dropped about where he might appear next: Major League Gaming's senior director of league operations Adam Apicella tweeted last week about a potential appearance at MLG Las Vegas Dec. 16-18.

Machine is no stranger to CoD or MLG, having acted as desk host for the CWL Championship in September, in between the CS:GO events he is best known for.

Olivia Da Silva is a news editor at theScore esports. She likes piña coladas, getting caught in the rain and dank no-scopes. You're eligible for free high fives if you follow her on Twitter.