CAL on the Fritz? No, Says Munoz.
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 ".
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.