Electronic Sports League

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[e][h]Electronic Sports League
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Company Information
Industry:
Profesionnal Gaming League
Founded:
1997 as Deutsche ClanLiga
2000 as ESL
Headquarters:
Cologne, Germany Germany
Employees:
462 [1]

Overview[edit]

The Electronic Sports League, often abbreviated ESL, is an eSports league founded in 1997 and operated by Turtle Entertainment in Cologne, Germany. Today it has more than 5,000,000 registered members and consists of over 1,000,000 teams, thus being one of the biggest gaming leagues, and has organized several Counter-Strike, Counter-Strike: Source and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive events over the years.

The ESL, is nowadays present in 37 countries. Each sections of ESL are operated by ventures under a license granted by Turte Entertainment GmbH. These sections could correspond to a country, (like ESL Germany for instance), or to a group of low-demography countries (like ESL Nordic for Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark).

The ESL supports over 50 games in different games and runs several tournaments which are ruled by volunteer admins.

Payout Controversy[edit]

On November 1, 2011, the Electronic Sports League came under scrutiny regarding the issue of delayed payment of prizes.[2] Several professional players stated that ESL was among tournament organisations which delay the payment of prize money up to eighteen months after competition.[3] FXOpen's staff stated that their policy was to not send for their players to compete at IEM events because of the uncertainty in receiving prize money.[4] IdrA claimed that, while ESL typically makes prize payments after a long delay, they eventually always pay what is owed.[5] Michal "Carmac" Blicharz, the ESL Pro Gaming Director, stated that ESL was on schedule with prize money payout for IEM events and that ESL remains on pace to deliver prize payments for IEM tournaments within three months of competition.[6]

Premier Events[edit]

The Intel Extreme Masters, often abbreviated IEM, is ESL's flagship competition since 2007. In 2006, IEM replaced the ESL Counter-Strike Champions League (CSCL), when the Intel sponsored European tournament saw room for expansion outside of the European market, especially in the North American market, Intel provided funds for a worldwide tournament, calling it the Intel Extreme Masters. IEM also established a format of smaller qualifying events, leading up to a large final event that held at the CeBIT, the world's largest and most international computer expo. All of the Grand Finals have been held at CeBIT. Starting in 2008, the Tournament was billed as being worldwide, boasting participants from Europe, North America, and Asia. Counter-Strike 1.6 was the only game offered in the first season, but the variety of games has increased, to as many as the four different titles offered during Season 5. The first IEM Season I of the Counter-Strike era, was followed by 26 events including five World Championship finals that lead up to the IEM Season VI World Championship, which was the last season to feature Counter-Strike.

I 2013, ESL announced a new premier gaming competition for Europe's best in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The competition, dubbed the ESL Major Series One, or simply EMS One, featured the best teams from Europe competing for one of the largest independent Counter-Strike: Global Offensive prize pools to date. The league featured three successful events in 2013, with finals held at the ESL Studios in Cologne, Germany. In early 2014 ESL and Valve announced that they would hold a tournament at the Intel Extreme Masters venue in Katowice. The event, EMS One Katowice, would be Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's first Valve sponsored and community founded CS:GO Major tournament. The event proved to be the most successful event in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive to date, in which home team Virtus.pro beat Ninjas in Pyjamas in front of 11,500 Counter-Strike fans from all over the world. After the four EMS One tournaments in 2013 and 2014, ESL rebranded the tournament concept as the ESL One. ESL has since hosted one more CS:GO Major under the ESL One brand in Cologne and will host two more in 2015, ESL One Katowice 2015 and ESL One Cologne 2015.

Major Events[edit]

The ESL Pro Series, commonly abbreviated EPS, is a Counter-Strike and now Counter-Strike: Global Offensive national league held and organized by Electronic Sports League. The format is a group stage followed by a playoffs, and each national series have its own specificities. Players are allowed to participate in the ESL Pro Series only if the reside in the country/countries where the series are held.

ESL Major League[edit]

The ESL Major League will be positioned directly below the ESL Pro League and offers a US$2,000 prize pool to its participants. A total of 32 teams will be able to qualify for the ESL Major League through several qualifiers. At the end of the season, the best teams from the league will make it into the ESEA Premier Division.

ESL Open League[edit]

The ESL Open League will be open to each and every CS:GO team - all you need to participate is sign up and play. Get your competitive career started and build up a reputation for you and your team through a season of group stages and playoffs. The best teams from our ESL Open League will make it into the ESL Major League at the end of the season.

Events[edit]

ESL One[edit]

Event Date Prize Pool Gold.png 1st Silver.png 2nd
ESL One: New York 2017
2017-09-15 2017-09-15 - 2017-09-17
$250,000
FaZe Clanlogo std.png FaZe Clan Liquid2017logo std.png Team Liquid
ESL One: Cologne 2017
2017-07-04 2017-07-04 - 2017-07-09
$250,000
Sklogo std.png SK Gaming C9logo std.png Cloud9
ESL One: New York 2016
2016-09-30 2016-09-30 - 2016-10-02
$250,000
Navilogo std.png Natus Vincere Virtuslogo std.png Virtus.pro
ESL One: Cologne 2016
2016-07-05 2016-07-05 - 2016-07-10
$1,000,000
Sklogo std.png SK Gaming Liquidlogo std.png Team Liquid
ESL One: Cologne 2015
2015-08-20 2015-08-20 - 2015-08-23
$250,000
Fnatic origlogo std.png Fnatic Team EnVyUs LoL Logo std.png Team EnVyUs
ESL One: Katowice 2015
2015-03-12 2015-03-12 - 2015-03-15
$250,000
Fnatic origlogo std.png Fnatic Niplogo std.png Ninjas in Pyjamas
ESL One: Cologne 2014
2014-08-14 2014-08-14 - 2014-08-17
$250,000
Niplogo std.png Ninjas in Pyjamas Fnatic origlogo std.png Fnatic

ESL Major Series[edit]

ESL Major Series One
EMS Katowice 2014
Event Date Winner Runner-Up
Katowice 2014 2014 (2014-03-13 to 2014-03-16) Virtuslogo std.png Virtus.pro Niplogo std.png Ninjas in Pyjamas
Spring Series
Event Date Winner Runner-Up
Cup #1 2013 (2013-02-13 to 2013-02-14) Epsilonlogo std.png Epsilon eSports Nfacultylogo std.png n!faculty
Cup #2 2013 (2013-02-20 to 2013-02-21) Niplogo std.png Ninjas in Pyjamas Epsilonlogo std.png Epsilon eSports
Cup #3 2013 (2013-03-10 to 2013-03-02) Fnatic origlogo std.png Fnatic Ldlc2012logo std.png Team LDLC.com
Cup #4 2013 (2013-03-13 to 2013-03-14) Verygameslogo std.png VeryGames Ldlc2012logo std.png Team LDLC.com
Grand Finals 2013 (2013-03-18 to 2013-04-21) Niplogo std.png Ninjas in Pyjamas Fnatic origlogo std.png Fnatic
Summer Series
Event Date Winner Runner-Up
Cup #1 2013 (2013-05-14 to 2013-05-15) Copenhagenwolveslogo std.png Copenhagen Wolves Ldlc2012logo std.png Team LDLC.com
Cup #2 2013 (2013-05-21 to 2013-05-22) WesternWolvesLogo std.png Western Wolves Fnatic origlogo std.png Fnatic
Cup #3 2013 (2013-05-28 to 2013-05-29) Niplogo std.png Ninjas in Pyjamas Ldlc2012logo std.png Team LDLC.com
Cup #4 2013 (2013-06-04 to 2013-06-05) Ldlc2012logo std.png Team LDLC.com Copenhagenwolveslogo std.png Copenhagen Wolves
Grand Finals 2013 (2013-06-19 to 2013-07-14) Verygameslogo std.png VeryGames Virtuslogo std.png Virtus.pro
Fall Series
Event Date Winner Runner-Up
Cup #1 2013 (2013-09-03 to 2013-09-04) Niplogo std.png Ninjas in Pyjamas Copenhagenwolveslogo std.png Copenhagen Wolves
Cup #2 2013 (2013-09-10 to 2013-09-11) Niplogo std.png Ninjas in Pyjamas Verygameslogo std.png VeryGames
Cup #3 2013 (2013-09-17 to 2013-09-18) Astanalogo std.png Astana Dragons Encelogo std.png ENCE eSports
Cup #4 2013 (2013-09-24 to 2013-09-25) Copenhagenwolveslogo std.png Copenhagen Wolves Partydaddlerslogo std.png PartyDaddlers
Grand Finals 2013 (2013-10-26 to 2013-10-27) Verygameslogo std.png VeryGames Niplogo std.png Ninjas in Pyjamas


ESL (Other events)[edit]

Other Events
Event Date Winner Runner-Up
ESL Expo Barcelona 2016 (2016-02-19 to 2016-02-21) Fnaticlogo std.png Fnatic Astralislogo std.png Astralis

ESL League[edit]

ESL League
ESL Pro League
Event Date Winner Runner-Up
ESL ESL Pro League: Winter 2014/15 2014 (2014-12-03 to 2015-04-12) Navilogo std.png Natus Vincere Titanlogo std.png Titan
ESL Major League
Event Date Winner Runner-Up
ESL Major League: Winter 2014/15 2014 (2014-12-03 to 2015-03-25) Cplaylogo std.png CPLAY Gplaylogo std.png GPlay.bg
ESL Open League
Event Date Winner Runner-Up
ESL Open League: Winter 2014/15 2014 (2014-12-XX to 2015-XX-XX) Logo filler std.png TBD Logo filler std.png TBD

Intel Extreme Masters[edit]

IEM Season I
Event Date Winner Runner-Up
IEM I World Championship 2007 (2007-05-15 to 2007-05-20) Pentagramlogo std.png Pentagram G-Shock H2kgaming2015logo std.png H2k Gaming
IEM Season II
Event Date Winner Runner-Up
IEM II Global Challenge Los Angeles 2007 (2007-10-18 to 2007-10-21) Fnatic origlogo std.png Fnatic Sklogo std.png SK Gaming
IEM II World Championship 2008 (2008-03-06 to 2008-03-09) Mousesportslogo std.png mousesports Estrologo std.png e-STRO
IEM Season III
Event Date Winner Runner-Up
IEM III Global Challenge Los Angeles 2008 (2009-10-03 to 2008-10-05) Sklogo std.png SK Gaming Mibrlogo std.png mibr
IEM III Global Challenge Montreal 2008 (2008-10-17 to 2008-10-19) Fnatic origlogo std.png Fnatic Sklogo std.png SK Gaming
IEM III Global Challenge Dubai 2008 (2008-10-22 to 2008-10-25) Mousesportslogo std.png mousesports Esclogo std.png ESC Gaming
IEM III Asian Championship Finals 2008 (2008-11-13 to 2008-11-16) Estrologo std.png e-STRO Lunatic-Hailogo std.png Lunatic-hai
IEM III American Championship Finals 2008 (2008-11-21 to 2008-11-23) Mibrlogo std.png mibr Complexitylogo std.png compLexity Gaming
IEM III Asian Championship Finals II 2009 (2009-01-16 to 2009-01-18) Wnvlogo std.png wNv Teamwork WeMadeFOXlogo std.png WeMade FOX
IEM III European Championship Finals 2009 (2009-03-03 to 2009-03-08) Mtwlogo std.png mTw Alternatelogo std.png Team ALTERNATE
IEM III World Championship 2009 (2009-03-06 to 2009-03-08) Fnatic origlogo std.png Fnatic Mymlogo std.png Meet Your Makers
IEM Season IV
Event Date Winner Runner-Up
IEM IV Global Challenge Gamescom 2009 (2009-08-20 to 2009-08-23) Mousesportslogo std.png mousesports Mtwlogo std.png mTw
IEM IV Global Challenge Chengdu 2009 (2009-10-01 to 2009-10-03) Sklogo std.png SK Gaming Fnatic origlogo std.png Fnatic
IEM IV Global Challenge Dubai 2009 (2009-10-17 to 2009-10-24) Fnatic origlogo std.png Fnatic Mymlogo std.png Meet Your Makers
IEM IV American Championship Finals 2009 (2009-12-11 to 2009-12-13) Eglogo std.png Evil Geniuses Complexitylogo std.png compLexity Gaming
IEM IV European Championship Finals 2010 (2010-01-14 to 2010-01-17) Mousesportslogo std.png mousesports Fnatic origlogo std.png Fnatic
IEM IV Asian Championship Finals 2010 (2010-02-05 to 2010-02-09) WeMadeFOXlogo std.png WeMade FOX Ultimaxlogo std.png Ultimax Gaming
IEM IV World Championship 2010 (2010-03-06 to 2010-03-08) Navilogo std.png Natus Vincere Fnatic origlogo std.png Fnatic
IEM Season V
Event Date Winner Runner-Up
IEM V Global Challenge Shanghai 2010 (2010-07-29 to 2010-08-01) Fnatic origlogo std.png Fnatic Tyloo 2016logo std.png TyLoo
IEM V American Championship Finals 2010 (2010-10-08 to 2010-10-10) PlayArtlogo std.png playArt Eglogo std.png Evil Geniuses
IEM V European Championship Finals 2011 (2011-01-20 to 2011-01-23) Fnatic origlogo std.png Fnatic Mtwlogo std.png mTw
IEM V World Championship 2011 (2011-03-01 to 2011-03-05) Navilogo std.png Natus Vincere Fragxlogo std.png Frag eXecutors
IEM Season VI
Event Date Winner Runner-Up
IEM VI Global Challenge Guangzhou 2011 (2011-10-01 to 2011-10-05) Fnatic origlogo std.png Fnatic Mousesportslogo std.png mousesports
IEM VI Global Challenge New York 2011 (2011-10-13 to 2011-10-16) Sklogo std.png SK Gaming Winfaktlogo std.png Team WinFakt
IEM VI Global Challenge Kiev 2012 (2012-01-19 to 2012-01-22) Navilogo std.png Natus Vincere Sklogo std.png SK Gaming
IEM VI World Championship 2012 (2012-03-06 to 2012-03-10) Esclogo std.png ESC Gaming Navilogo std.png Natus Vincere
IEM Season X
Event Date Winner Runner-Up
IEM X gamescom 2015 (2015-08-05 to 2015-08-08) Team EnVyUs LoL Logo std.png Team EnVyUs Tsmlogo std.png Team SoloMid
IEM X San Jose 2015 (2015-11-21 to 2015-11-22) Navilogo std.png Natus Vincere Tsmlogo std.png Team SoloMid
IEM X Taipei 2016 (2016-01-29 to 2016-02-02) Mongolzlogo std.png The MongolZ Renegadeslogo std.png Renegades
IEM X World Championship 2016 (2016-03-02 to 2016-03-05) Fnaticlogo std.png Fnatic Luminositylogo std.png Luminosity Gaming
IEM Season XI
Event Date Winner Runner-Up
IEM XI Oakland 2016 (2016-11-19 to 2016-11-20) Niplogo std.png Ninjas in Pyjamas Sklogo std.png SK Gaming
IEM XI World Championship 2017 (2017-03-01 to 2017-03-05) Astralislogo std.png Astralis FaZe Clanlogo std.png FaZe Clan
IEM Season XII
Event Date Winner Runner-Up
IEM XII Sydney 2017 (2017-05-03 to 2017-05-07) Sklogo std.png SK Gaming FaZe Clanlogo std.png FaZe Clan
IEM XII Oakland 2017 (2017-XX-XX to 2017-XX-XX) Logo filler std.png TBD Logo filler std.png TBD

ESL European National Championship[edit]

ESL European Nations Championship
Event Date Winner Runner-Up
ESL ENC Season 2004 2004-08-24 to 2004-08-27 Seflag std.png Sweden Atflag std.png Austria
ESL ENC Season 2005 2005-08-24 to 2005-08-27 Deflag std.png Germany Bgflag std.png Bulgaria
ESL ENC Season 2006 2006-08-24 to 2006-08-27 Seflag std.png Sweden Noflag std.png Norway
ESL ENC Season 2007 2007-08-24 to 2007-08-26 Plflag std.png Poland Deflag std.png Germany
ESL ENC Season 2008 2008-04-29 to 2008-08-22 Seflag std.png Sweden Deflag std.png Germany
ESL ENC Season 2008 (CS:Source) 2008-04-29 to 2008-08-22 Czflag std.png Czech Republic Frflag std.png France
ESL ENC Season 2009 2009-06-02 to 2009-08-22 Seflag std.png Sweden Deflag std.png Germany
ESL ENC Season 2009 (CS:Source) 2009-06-02 to 2009-08-22 Deflag std.png Germany Frflag std.png France
ESL ENC Season 2010 2010-06-20 to 2010-08-22 Seflag std.png Sweden Uaflag std.png Ukraine
ESL ENC Season 2010 (CS:Source) 2010-06-20 to 2010-08-22 Ukflag std.png United Kingdom Dkflag std.png Denmark

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