Electronic Sports League

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[e][h]Electronic Sports League
Company Information
Parent Company:
Industry:
Professional Gaming League
Partners:
Founded:
1997 as Deutsche ClanLiga
2000 as ESL
Headquarters:
Cologne, Germany
Employees:
135

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.

Overview[edit]

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 Turtle 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
Global Challenge Cologne 2010 (2010-08-18 – 2010-08-22) Sweden  MorroW USA  IdrA
American Championships 2010 (2010-10-08 – 2010-10-10) Peru  Fenix USA  qxc
European Championships 2010 (2010-10-28 – 2011-01-24) Sweden  SjoW Ukraine  White-Ra
Southeast Asian Championship 2011 (2011-01-11 – 2011-01-27) Australia  mOOnGLaDe China  Loner
World Championship (Hanover) 2011 (2011-03-01 – 2011-03-05) South Korea  AcE South Korea  Moon
IEM Season VI
Event Date Winner Runner-Up
Global Challenge Cologne 2011 (2011-08-17 – 2011-08-21) South Korea  PuMa South Korea  MC
Global Challenge Guangzhou 2011 (2011-10-01 – 2011-10-05) USA  IdrA Finland  elfi
Global Challenge New York 2011 (2011-10-13 – 2011-10-16) South Korea  DongRaeGu South Korea  FruitDealer
Global Challenge Kiev 2012 (2012-01-19 – 2012-01-22) South Korea  MMA Ukraine  DIMAGA
Global Challenge Sao Paulo 2012 (2012-02-06 – 2012-02-12) South Korea  viOLet South Korea  SuperNova
World Championship (Hanover) 2012 (2012-03-06 – 2012-03-10) South Korea  MC South Korea  PuMa
IEM Season VII
Event Date Winner Runner-Up
Cologne 2012 (2012-08-15 – 2012-08-19) South Korea  Mvp Poland  Nerchio
China 2012 (2012-09-30 – 2012-10-04) Cancelled
Singapore 2012 (2012-11-22 – 2012-11-25) South Korea  Sting Netherlands  Grubby
Katowice 2013 (2013-01-18 – 2013-01-20) South Korea  First South Korea  Dream
World Championship (Hanover) 2013 (2013-03-05 – 2013-03-09) South Korea  YoDa South Korea  First
IEM Season VIII
Event Date Winner Runner-Up
Shanghai 2013 (2013-07-25 – 2013-07-28) South Korea  Revival South Korea  Oz
New York 2013 (2013-10-10 – 2013-10-13) South Korea  Life Sweden  NaNiwa
Singapore 2013 (2013-11-28 – 2013-12-01) South Korea  herO South Korea  San
Sao Paulo 2014 (2014-01-29 – 2014-02-01) South Korea  herO South Korea  MC
Cologne 2014 (2014-02-13 – 2014-02-16) South Korea  HerO South Korea  Polt
World Championship (Katowice) 2014 (2014-03-14 – 2014-03-16) South Korea  sOs South Korea  herO
IEM Season IX
Event Date Winner Runner-Up
Shenzhen 2014 (2014-07-16 – 2014-07-20) South Korea  TaeJa South Korea  Solar
Toronto 2014 (2014-08-26 – 2014-08-31) South Korea  Flash South Korea  Zest
San Jose 2014 (2014-12-03 - 2014-12-07) South Korea  herO South Korea  Rain
Taipei 2015 (2015-01-28 - 2015-02-01) South Korea  Life South Korea  Maru
World Championship (Katowice) 2015 (2015-03-12 – 2015-03-15) South Korea  Zest South Korea  Trap
IEM Season X
Event Date Winner Runner-Up
Shenzhen 2015 (2015-07-16 – 2015-07-19) South Korea  Classic South Korea  PartinG
gamescom 2015 (2015-08-05 – 2015-08-09) South Korea  INnoVation South Korea  soO
Taipei 2016 (2016-02-01 – 2016-02-02) South Korea  sOs South Korea  ByuN
World Championship (Katowice) 2016 (2016-03-04 – 2016-03-06) South Korea  Polt Norway  Snute
IEM Season XI
Event Date Winner Runner-Up
Shanghai 2016 (2016-07-28 – 2016-07-31) Netherlands  uThermal USA  Neeb
Gyeonggi 2016 (2016-12-14 – 2016-12-18) South Korea  INnoVation South Korea  Stats
World Championship (Katowice) 2017 (2017-02-27 – 2017-03-05) South Korea  TY South Korea  Stats
IEM Season XII
Event Date Winner Runner-Up
Shanghai 2017 (2017-07-27 – 2017-07-30) South Korea  Rogue South Korea  herO
= Global Event

= 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
2010
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany 17 2010-08-24 – 2010-11-23 Germany  Socke Italy  ClouD
Sweden ESL Pro Series Nordic Season 3 2010-08-31 – 2010-11-27 Sweden  SjoW Sweden  MaDFroG
France ESL Pro Series France IX 2010-09-13 – 2010-11-10 France  SarenS France  AureS
Bulgaria ESL Pro Series Bulgaria Season 6 2010-09 – 2011-01-30 Bulgaria  JacK Bulgaria  Splendour
Netherlands ESL Pro Series BeNeLux Season 5 2010-10-10 – 2010-11-06 Netherlands  ServaNT Netherlands  NTT
Austria ESL Pro Series Alpen Season X 2010-12 – 2011-01 Austria  bioboyAT Austria  xEi
Greece ESL Pro Series Greece Season 7 2012-12-?? – 2012-01-28 Greece  TheMista Greece  Giselher
2011
France ESL Pro Series France X 2011-03-14 – 2011-07-23 France  ToD France  Adelscott
Poland ESL Pro Series Poland II 2011-04-11 – 2011-07-02 Poland  Tarson Poland  Tefel
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany 18 2011-04-19 – 2011-06-05 Germany  Socke Germany  HasuObs
Spain ESL Pro Series Spain 7 2011-05 – 2011-07 Spain  VortiX Spain  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  Socke Germany  GoOdy
Poland ESL Pro Series Poland III 2011-10-02 – 2012-01-16 Poland  DieStar Poland  SLiDeR
2012
Spain ESL Pro Series Spain Season 8 2012-01-12 – 2012-02-26 Spain  LucifroN Spain  VortiX
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany Spring 2012 2012-02-13 – 2012-04-29 Germany  HasuObs Switzerland  biGs
Poland ESL Pro Series Poland IV 2012-03-18 – 2012-06-24 Poland  Tarson Poland  Tefel
Spain ESL Pro Series Spain Season 9 2012-06-01 – 2012-07-22 Spain  VortiX Spain  LucifroN
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany Summer 2012 2012-06-11 – 2012-09-01 Germany  Hanfy Germany  HasuObs
Latvia ESL Pro Series Baltics Season 1 2012-09-23 – 2013-01-13 Lithuania  Krr Lithuania  Arew
Poland ESL Pro Series Poland V 2012-10-11 – 2012-12-16 Poland  Nerchio Poland  DieStar
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany Winter 2012 2012-10-09 – 2012-12-07 Austria  monchi Germany  XlorD
Spain ESL Pro Series Spain Season 10 2012-12-14 – 2013-03-24 Spain  LucifroN Spain  VortiX
2013
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany Spring 2013 2013-02-19 – 2013-05-11 Germany  HasuObs Germany  Socke
Poland ESL Pro Series Poland VI 2013-04-25 – 2013-06-08 Poland  DieStar Poland  uzer
Spain ESL Pro Series Spain Season 11 2013-06-01 – 2014-01-10 Spain  VortiX Spain  LucifroN
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany Summer 2013 2013-06-18 – 2013-08-22 Germany  HasuObs Germany  Tarrantius
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany Winter 2013 2013-10-08 – 2013-12-15 Germany  HeRoMaRinE Germany  Socke
Poland ESL Pro Series Poland VII 2013-10-24 – 2013-12-06 Poland  pal Poland  souL
2014
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany Spring 2014 2014-02-19 – 2014-05-02 Germany  ShoWTimE South Korea  Patience
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany Summer 2014 2014-06-18 – 2014-08-13 Germany  HeRoMaRinE Germany  ShoWTimE
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany Winter 2014 2014-10-01 – 2014-12-12 Germany  ShoWTimE Germany  HeRoMaRinE
2015
Germany ESL - Deutschlands beste Gamer: Spring 2015 2015-02-24 – 2015-05-09 Germany  Lambo Germany  HeRoMaRinE


Team Tournaments[edit]

Major[edit]

League Date Winner Runner-Up
Europe RaidCall EMS Spring 2013 2013-04-01 – 2013-06-21 Team Empire mousesports
Europe RaidCall ESL Euro Series Summer 2013 2013-07-22 – 2013-09-08 mousesports Natus Vincere
Australia ESL Oceania Team Cup Summer 2013-11 – 2014 TBD TBD
Europe RaidCall ESL Euro Series Winter 2013 2013-11-25 – 2014-02-08 mYinsanity mousesports


Minor[edit]

League Date Winner Runner-Up
France SC2F Season 1 2010-11-29 – 2011-02-15 Millenium aAa
Italy Italian Clan Championship 1 2011-02-13 – 2011-04-10 Redbyte Old School Clan
Spain EPS Spain Season 7 Teams 2011-05 – 2011-07 Aprender Wizards
Italy Italian Clan Championship 2 2012-01-15 – 2012-03-18 Old School Clan inFerno eSports
Italy Italian Clan Championship 3 2012-04-22 – 2012-06-26 inFerno eSports Old School Clan
Italy Italian Clan Championship 4 2012-10-21 – 2013-02-03 Tt eSports.it Old School Clan
Italy Italian Clan Championship 5 2013-04-07 – 2013-06-16 Old School Clan MG eSports
Italy Italian Clan Championship 6 2013-10-13 – 2013-12-22 Old School Clan 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
2011
Dailymotion Cup 2011-05-02 – 2011-05-31 Poland  Nerchio Sweden  MorroW
Torneo ESL StarCraft II 2011-07-12 – 2011-07-17 Germany  HasuObs Germany  Socke
ESL Holiday 2v2 Tournament 2011-12-20 – 2011-12-22 USA  StrifeCro
Canada  dde
France  Eeel
France Lidwyn
2012
Country Championship 2012 2012-12-03 – 2012-11-21 Poland Poland Germany Germany


Weekly Tournaments[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]