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INSIDER ESPORTS - A mysterious timer, whispers of a shut down, and now domain change. Could this be the end, or just a new beginning?

Rumors have been spreading across the web now about CALeague's standing with it's new owners and how it was going to be run. Some have speculated that this is the end, while others have said it's just transitioning into it's new management. Around 6PM today, Caleague.com shut down, and transferred to cplholdings.com or at least for the time being. Earlier we brought you the story about CAL's mysterious timer and about what CAL was promising for the future. It turns out that CAL may still implement a pay to play league, and a new ACS, just under new management.

 CAL has released a statement on it's new domain saying this,

"On March 6, 2009 it will be eight years since we launched the online league named Cyberathlete Amateur League, or CAL. As previously announced, CAL was sold to the newly formed CPL Holdings Group, LTD., of the United Arab Emirates.

A few weeks ago the acquisition was finalized and this weekend we have commenced the process of transferring CAL to new host servers in the United Kingdom. While we are hoping for minimum interruption to CAL operations, it is likely that you will experience downtime while trying to access the CAL website"

Angel Munoz and former owner of CPL aparently still has a hand in CPL/CAL operations. He posted thison the the popular GotFrag forums,

"CAL and AVault.com are down because of a database error due to mechanical failure. Fortunately, the CAL database was successfully transferred to its new host in the UK and should be back up within 12 hours."

"CPL has promised to surprise the community with prizes and a new Pay-to-Play format for Ladders and Online Cash League that are in development. Along with a v4 website AND a new ACS system that includes: Chat, scrim features, and an auto demo recorder," a CAL Game Manager and Manager of Media Operations told us.

Another told us that the new ownership has decided to re-release the CAL site or may do so soon. He also believes that all current CAL staff will be let go in the near future but that cannot be confirmed however. We are still sifting through countless statements and stories but we will post the truth as soon as we get it. Insider eSports has contacted the listed president of CALeague.com for further statements on the situation and is awaiting a reply. The new site is currently hosted here: http://cal.cplholdings.com/ which should be be back on www.caleague.com soon.

Another CAL admin has stated that,

"CALeague is in the process of switching to the new servers. Things like the ACS client, forums, uploading screenshots/access to ftps aren't working just yet.
The league will most likely run better than ever as we don't have to worry about word from Angel and the old worthless CPL guys; funding will be there.. so expect some prize money and a ton of development updates.

however all of us in CAL staff have been fired; and will remain that way until the league Operations and the CPL have a meeting and sign some papers; but we're not sure who will be coming back on board

All of the gaming divisions are ceasing their play. No game has any staff/admins for their divisions


About CPL:

The Cyberathlete Professional League(CPL) was founded in June of 1997 and is a professional esports tournament organization. CPL announced that the corporation was acquired by an investment group that resided in the United Arab Emirates on August 25, 2008. A few months later, the new CPL Holdings Group acquired the Cyberathlete Amateur League (CAL) on November 14, 2008. CPL has had many sponsors in the past such as AMD, ATI Technologies, and Gamerail which was the official national network for CAL and CPL, providing network access and infrastructure for the two leagues.


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quote#1 US Portland 19/02/2009 - 23:40:41
Will be interesting to see what CAL+CPL bring to the table this year.

quote#2 US fawnz 19/02/2009 - 23:48:07

quote#3 US danielvutran 20/02/2009 - 04:57:50

quote#4 US Ghost 20/02/2009 - 14:24:47
About time they update their website. It crashes like every 30 minutes seriously. And a pay league would be sweet.

quote#5 US pablo 21/02/2009 - 17:54:28
Intriguing article my good sir.

quote#6 US Ghost 22/02/2009 - 20:41:27
Are you sure that www.cal.cplholdings.com is the new website? Because www.caleague.com is back up.

quote#7 US Ghost 22/02/2009 - 21:00:23
Talked to benison in #calsupport-css and yes www.cplholdings.com is the new site.

quote#8 US Portland 22/02/2009 - 21:21:19
Originally posted by US GhostTalked to benison in #calsupport-css and yes www.cplholdings.com is the new site.
Thanks for the info!

quote#9 US Rachmaninoff 22/02/2009 - 21:25:47
Hope CAL doesnt die where else will I play for free?

quote#10 US Dale 22/02/2009 - 21:25:52
There's so many different stories going around, but this seems pretty accurate, nice read!

quote#11 US Ghost 22/02/2009 - 22:28:37
Yeah, rosters are open on the new site now, and things seem to be going well. All matches are postponed until further notice. Imo though, it doesn't make sense to have the servers in the UK because CAL gets most of its traffic from USA/Canada.

Oh well, just glad CAL is still around and definitely looking forward to the new website, ACS, and pay-to-play leagues.

quote#12 US nick 23/02/2009 - 09:42:28
Originally posted by US RachmaninoffHope CAL doesnt die where else will I play for free?


quote#13 US ExpliSit`1 23/02/2009 - 13:11:48
TWL is still free also I believe lol maybe OGL?

quote#14 US dookie 23/02/2009 - 16:26:06
The new CAL will be pay to play with the majority of current admins being fired. Those fired admins and the admins that leave voluntarily following the removal of said admins will create a new free league, which I'm not allowed to disclose the name of.

quote#15 US pSLoL` 27/02/2009 - 03:13:08
Originally posted by US dookieThe new CAL will be pay to play with the majority of current admins being fired. Those fired admins and the admins that leave voluntarily following the removal of said admins will create a new free league, which I'm not allowed to disclose the name of.
this would be awesome

quote#16 US FODDER 03/03/2009 - 06:15:41
All bets are off at this point.

quote#17 US SNIPERX 19/05/2009 - 19:26:23
Let it be known that all CAL admins are nothing but junk they go with the hack teams and the admins hack as well. I think it is a great thing that little boys and girls that are admins on CAL all get fired. CAL is not what it ise to me 6-7-8-9 years ago. it is run by a bounch of 14 yearolds (admins) that not only admin but play in the tournaments. and if they get out hacked the cry and ban you.

quote#18 US Calisajoke 19/05/2009 - 19:47:03
Cal has become a big joke with nothing but hackers. The admins in most league were cheat themselves and the playing field was never fair. Admins were cheaters and pulled strings for certain teams. CAL has become a big joke over the years and I hope it never ever comes back. Fuck CAL and fuck the admins and hacker infested bitch teams that though they were good. CAL = JOKE and the admin can take their shotty teams and shove em right up their fucking asses. I have been saying this for year and geeee mother fucking wizzz where is CAL now? GONE, why? CORRUPT!

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