Electronic Sports League

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Electronic Sports League
General Information
Parent Company: Turtle Entertainment GmbH
Industry: Professional Gaming League
Partners: NEEDforSEAT
Founded: 1997 as Deutsche ClanLiga
2000 as ESL
Headquarters: Cologne, Germany
Employees: 135
Events: IEM
ESL Pro Series
Website: ESL League Portal

The Electronic Sports League, often abbreviated ESL, is an eSports league founded in 1997. It has over 2 600 000 registered members, thus being one of the biggest gaming leagues, and organises several StarCraft II events.


The ESL, which is a brand that belongs to Turtle Entertainment GmbH, 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 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.[1] Several professional players stated that ESL was among tournament organisations which delay the payment of prize money up to eighteen months after competition.[2] 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.[3] IdrA claimed that, while ESL typically makes prize payments after a long delay, they eventually always pay what is owed.[4] Michal "Carmac" Blicharz, ESL Progaming 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.[5]

Events organised during the StarCraft II era[edit]

Premier Events[edit]

Intel Extreme Masters, often abbreviated IEM, is ESL's flagship competition since 2007. The first season of the StarCraft II era (IEM Season V) featured the first ever StarCraft II premier event, followed by continental championships leading to a world championship. The format evolved in season VI and now features several global challenge leading to the world championship.

List of Intel Extreme Masters[edit]

IEM Season V
Event Date Winner Runner-Up
Globe.gif Global Challenge Cologne 2010 (2010-08-18 – 2010-08-22) Ticon small.png MorroW Zicon small.png IdrA
American Championships 2010 (2010-10-08 – 2010-10-10) Ticon small.png Fenix Ticon small.png qxc
European Championships 2010 (2010-10-28 – 2011-01-24) Ticon small.png SjoW Picon small.png White-Ra
Southeast Asian Championship 2011 (2011-01-11 – 2011-01-27) Zicon small.png mOOnGLaDe Ticon small.png Loner
Trophy icon small.gif World Championship (Hanover) 2011 (2011-03-01 – 2011-03-05) Picon small.png AcE Zicon small.png Moon
IEM Season VI
Event Date Winner Runner-Up
Globe.gif Global Challenge Cologne 2011 (2011-08-17 – 2011-08-21) Ticon small.png PuMa Picon small.png MC
Globe.gif Global Challenge Guangzhou 2011 (2011-10-01 – 2011-10-05) Zicon small.png IdrA Picon small.png elfi
Globe.gif Global Challenge New York 2011 (2011-10-13 – 2011-10-16) Zicon small.png DongRaeGu Zicon small.png FruitDealer
Globe.gif Global Challenge Kiev 2012 (2012-01-19 – 2012-01-22) Ticon small.png MMA Zicon small.png DIMAGA
Globe.gif Global Challenge Sao Paulo 2012 (2012-02-06 – 2012-02-12) Zicon small.png viOLet Ticon small.png SuperNova
Trophy icon small.gif World Championship (Hanover) 2012 (2012-03-06 – 2012-03-10) Picon small.png MC Ticon small.png PuMa
IEM Season VII
Event Date Winner Runner-Up
Globe.gif Cologne 2012 (2012-08-15 – 2012-08-19) Ticon small.png Mvp Zicon small.png Nerchio
Globe.png China 2012 (2012-09-30 – 2012-10-04) Cancelled
Globe.gif Singapore 2012 (2012-11-22 – 2012-11-25) Ticon small.png Sting Picon small.png Grubby
Globe.gif Katowice 2013 (2013-01-18 – 2013-01-20) Picon small.png First Ticon small.png Dream
Trophy icon small.gif World Championship (Hanover) 2013 (2013-03-05 – 2013-03-09) Ticon small.png YoDa Picon small.png First
Event Date Winner Runner-Up
Globe.gif Shanghai 2013 (2013-07-25 – 2013-07-28) Zicon small.png Revival Picon small.png Oz
Globe.gif New York 2013 (2013-10-10 – 2013-10-13) Zicon small.png Life Picon small.png NaNiwa
Globe.gif Singapore 2013 (2013-11-28 – 2013-12-01) Picon small.png herO Picon small.png San
Globe.gif Sao Paulo 2014 (2014-01-29 – 2014-02-01) Picon small.png herO Picon small.png MC
Globe.gif Cologne 2014 (2014-02-13 – 2014-02-16) Picon small.png HerO Ticon small.png Polt
Trophy icon small.gif World Championship (Katowice) 2014 (2014-03-14 – 2014-03-16) Picon small.png sOs Picon small.png herO
Globe.png = Global Event

Trophy icon small.gif = World Championship

Major Events[edit]

The ESL Pro Series, commonly abbreviated EPS, are StarCraft 2 national leagues held and organized by Electronic Sports League. The format is group stage followed by playoffs, and each national series have its own specificities. Players are allowed to participate only if they reside in the country/countries where the series are held.

List of ESL Pro Series[edit]

ESL Pro Series
League Date Winner Runner-Up
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany 17 2010-08-24 – 2010-11-23 Germany Picon small.png Socke Italy Ticon small.png ClouD
Sweden ESL Pro Series Nordic Season 3 2010-08-31 – 2010-11-27 Sweden Ticon small.png SjoW Sweden Zicon small.png MaDFroG
France ESL Pro Series France IX 2010-09-13 – 2010-11-10 France Ticon small.png SarenS France Ticon small.png AureS
Bulgaria ESL Pro Series Bulgaria Season 6 2010-09 – 2011-01-30 Bulgaria Zicon small.png JacK Bulgaria Picon small.png Splendour
Netherlands ESL Pro Series BeNeLux Season 5 2010-10-10 – 2010-11-06 Netherlands Ticon small.png ServaNT Netherlands Ticon small.png NTT
Austria ESL Pro Series Alpen Season X 2010-12 – 2011-01 Austria Zicon small.png bioboyAT Austria Picon small.png xEi
Greece ESL Pro Series Greece Season 7 2012-12-?? – 2012-01-28 Greece Picon small.png TheMista Greece Picon small.png Giselher
France ESL Pro Series France X 2011-03-14 – 2011-07-23 France Picon small.png ToD France Picon small.png Adelscott
Poland ESL Pro Series Poland II 2011-04-11 – 2011-07-02 Poland Ticon small.png Tarson Poland Zicon small.png Tefel
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany 18 2011-04-19 – 2011-06-05 Germany Picon small.png Socke Germany Picon small.png HasuObs
Spain ESL Pro Series Spain 7 2011-05 – 2011-07 Spain Zicon small.png VortiX Spain Ticon small.png LucifroN
Spain ESL Pro Series Spain 7 Teams 2011-05 – 2011-07 Spain Aprender Spain Wizards
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany 19 2011-08-15 – 2011-12-04 Germany Picon small.png Socke Germany Ticon small.png GoOdy
Poland ESL Pro Series Poland III 2011-10-02 – 2012-01-16 Poland Ticon small.png DieStar Poland Picon small.png SLiDeR
Spain ESL Pro Series Spain Season 8 2012-01-12 – 2012-02-26 Spain Ticon small.png LucifroN Spain Zicon small.png VortiX
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany Spring 2012 2012-02-13 – 2012-04-29 Germany Picon small.png HasuObs Switzerland Zicon small.png biGs
Poland ESL Pro Series Poland IV 2012-03-18 – 2012-06-24 Poland Ticon small.png Tarson Poland Zicon small.png Tefel
Spain ESL Pro Series Spain Season 9 2012-06-01 – 2012-07-22 Spain Zicon small.png VortiX Spain Ticon small.png LucifroN
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany Summer 2012 2012-06-11 – 2012-09-01 Germany Zicon small.png Hanfy Germany Picon small.png HasuObs
Latvia ESL Pro Series Baltics Season 1 2012-09-23 – 2013-01-13 Lithuania Picon small.png Krr Lithuania Picon small.png Arew
Poland ESL Pro Series Poland V 2012-10-11 – 2012-12-16 Poland Zicon small.png Nerchio Poland Ticon small.png DieStar
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany Winter 2012 2012-10-09 – 2012-12-07 Austria Picon small.png monchi Germany Zicon small.png XlorD
Spain ESL Pro Series Spain Season 10 2012-12-14 – 2013-03-24 Spain Ticon small.png LucifroN Spain Zicon small.png VortiX
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany Spring 2013 2013-02-19 – 2013-05-11 Germany Picon small.png HasuObs Germany Picon small.png Socke
Poland ESL Pro Series Poland VI 2013-04-25 – 2013-06-08 Poland Ticon small.png DieStar Poland Zicon small.png uzer
Spain ESL Pro Series Spain Season 11 2013-06-01 – 2014-01-10 Spain Zicon small.png VortiX Spain Ticon small.png LucifroN
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany Summer 2013 2013-06-18 – 2013-08-22 Germany Picon small.png HasuObs Germany Picon small.png Tarrantius
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany Winter 2013 2013-10-08 – 2013-12-15 Germany Ticon small.png HeRoMaRinE Germany Picon small.png Socke
Poland ESL Pro Series Poland VII 2013-10-24 – 2013-12-06 Poland Picon small.png pal Poland Ticon small.png souL
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany Spring 2014 2014-02-19 – 2014-05-03 TBD TBD

Team Tournaments[edit]


League Date Winner Runner-Up
Europe RaidCall EMS Spring 2013 2013-04-01 – 2013-06-21 Empirelogo std.png Team Empire Mouzlogo std.png mousesports
Europe RaidCall ESL Euro Series Summer 2013 2013-07-22 – 2013-09-08 Mouzlogo std.png mousesports Navilogo std.png Natus Vincere
Australia ESL Oceania Team Cup Summer 2013-11 – 2014 To Be Determined TBD To Be Determined TBD
Europe RaidCall ESL Euro Series Winter 2013 2013-11-25 – 2014-02-08 Myinsanitylogo std.png mYinsanity Mouzlogo std.png mousesports


League Date Winner Runner-Up
France SC2F Season 1 2010-11-29 – 2011-02-15 Milllogo std.png Millenium Aaalogo std.png aAa
Italy Italian Clan Championship 1 2011-02-13 – 2011-04-10 Redbyteitalia std.png Redbyte Osc std.png Old School Clan
Spain EPS Spain Season 7 Teams 2011-05 – 2011-07 Aprender logo std.png Aprender Wizards.png Wizards
Italy Italian Clan Championship 2 2012-01-15 – 2012-03-18 Osc std.png Old School Clan Infernologo std.png inFerno eSports
Italy Italian Clan Championship 3 2012-04-22 – 2012-06-26 Infernologo std.png inFerno eSports Osc std.png Old School Clan
Italy Italian Clan Championship 4 2012-10-21 – 2013-02-03 TteSPORTSlogo std.png Tt eSports.it Osc std.png Old School Clan
Italy Italian Clan Championship 5 2013-04-07 – 2013-06-16 Osc std.png Old School Clan MGeSports std.png MG eSports
Italy Italian Clan Championship 6 2013-10-13 – 2013-12-22 Osc std.png Old School Clan Osc std.png oSc Academy

Special Events[edit]

The Electronic Sports League also organised several one-off events:

List of ESL Special Events[edit]

ESL Special Events
League Date Winner Runner-Up
Dailymotion Cup 2011-05-02 – 2011-05-31 Poland Zicon small.png Nerchio Sweden Zicon small.png MorroW
Torneo ESL StarCraft II 2011-07-12 – 2011-07-17 Germany Picon small.png HasuObs Germany Picon small.png Socke
ESL Holiday 2v2 Tournament 2011-12-20 – 2011-12-22 USA Zicon small.png StrifeCro
Canada Ticon small.png dde
France Zicon small.png Eeel
France Ticon small.png Lidwyn
Country Championship 2012 2012-12-03 – 2012-11-21 Poland Poland Germany Germany

Weekly Tournaments[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


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