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 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) Terran MorroW Zerg IdrA
American Championships 2010 (2010-10-08 – 2010-10-10) Terran Fenix Terran qxc
European Championships 2010 (2010-10-28 – 2011-01-24) Terran SjoW Protoss White-Ra
Southeast Asian Championship 2011 (2011-01-11 – 2011-01-27) Zerg mOOnGLaDe Terran Loner
World Championship (Hanover) 2011 (2011-03-01 – 2011-03-05) Protoss AcE Zerg Moon
IEM Season VI
Event Date Winner Runner-Up
Global Challenge Cologne 2011 (2011-08-17 – 2011-08-21) Terran PuMa Protoss MC
Global Challenge Guangzhou 2011 (2011-10-01 – 2011-10-05) Zerg IdrA Protoss elfi
Global Challenge New York 2011 (2011-10-13 – 2011-10-16) Zerg DongRaeGu Zerg FruitDealer
Global Challenge Kiev 2012 (2012-01-19 – 2012-01-22) Terran MMA Zerg DIMAGA
Global Challenge Sao Paulo 2012 (2012-02-06 – 2012-02-12) Zerg viOLet Terran SuperNova
World Championship (Hanover) 2012 (2012-03-06 – 2012-03-10) Protoss MC Terran PuMa
IEM Season VII
Event Date Winner Runner-Up
Cologne 2012 (2012-08-15 – 2012-08-19) Terran Mvp Zerg Nerchio
China 2012 (2012-09-30 – 2012-10-04) Cancelled
Singapore 2012 (2012-11-22 – 2012-11-25) Terran Sting Protoss Grubby
Katowice 2013 (2013-01-18 – 2013-01-20) Protoss First Terran Dream
World Championship (Hanover) 2013 (2013-03-05 – 2013-03-09) Terran YoDa Protoss First
Event Date Winner Runner-Up
Shanghai 2013 (2013-07-25 – 2013-07-28) Zerg Revival Protoss Oz
New York 2013 (2013-10-10 – 2013-10-13) Zerg Life Protoss NaNiwa
Singapore 2013 (2013-11-28 – 2013-12-01) Protoss herO Protoss San
Sao Paulo 2014 (2014-01-29 – 2014-02-01) Protoss herO Protoss MC
Cologne 2014 (2014-02-13 – 2014-02-16) Protoss HerO Terran Polt
World Championship (Katowice) 2014 (2014-03-14 – 2014-03-16) Protoss sOs Protoss herO
IEM Season IX
Event Date Winner Runner-Up
Shenzhen 2014 (2014-07-16 – 2014-07-20) Terran TaeJa Zerg Solar
Toronto 2014 (2014-08-26 – 2014-08-31) Terran Flash Protoss Zest
San Jose 2014 (2014-12-06 - 2014-12-07)
= 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
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany 17 2010-08-24 – 2010-11-23 Germany Protoss Socke Italy Terran ClouD
Sweden ESL Pro Series Nordic Season 3 2010-08-31 – 2010-11-27 Sweden Terran SjoW Sweden Zerg MaDFroG
France ESL Pro Series France IX 2010-09-13 – 2010-11-10 France Terran SarenS France Terran AureS
Bulgaria ESL Pro Series Bulgaria Season 6 2010-09 – 2011-01-30 Bulgaria Zerg JacK Bulgaria Protoss Splendour
Netherlands ESL Pro Series BeNeLux Season 5 2010-10-10 – 2010-11-06 Netherlands Terran ServaNT Netherlands Terran NTT
Austria ESL Pro Series Alpen Season X 2010-12 – 2011-01 Austria Zerg bioboyAT Austria Protoss xEi
Greece ESL Pro Series Greece Season 7 2012-12-?? – 2012-01-28 Greece Protoss TheMista Greece Protoss Giselher
France ESL Pro Series France X 2011-03-14 – 2011-07-23 France Protoss ToD France Protoss Adelscott
Poland ESL Pro Series Poland II 2011-04-11 – 2011-07-02 Poland Terran Tarson Poland Zerg Tefel
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany 18 2011-04-19 – 2011-06-05 Germany Protoss Socke Germany Protoss HasuObs
Spain ESL Pro Series Spain 7 2011-05 – 2011-07 Spain Zerg VortiX Spain Terran 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 Protoss Socke Germany Terran GoOdy
Poland ESL Pro Series Poland III 2011-10-02 – 2012-01-16 Poland Terran DieStar Poland Protoss SLiDeR
Spain ESL Pro Series Spain Season 8 2012-01-12 – 2012-02-26 Spain Terran LucifroN Spain Zerg VortiX
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany Spring 2012 2012-02-13 – 2012-04-29 Germany Protoss HasuObs Switzerland Zerg biGs
Poland ESL Pro Series Poland IV 2012-03-18 – 2012-06-24 Poland Terran Tarson Poland Zerg Tefel
Spain ESL Pro Series Spain Season 9 2012-06-01 – 2012-07-22 Spain Zerg VortiX Spain Terran LucifroN
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany Summer 2012 2012-06-11 – 2012-09-01 Germany Zerg Hanfy Germany Protoss HasuObs
Latvia ESL Pro Series Baltics Season 1 2012-09-23 – 2013-01-13 Lithuania Protoss Krr Lithuania Protoss Arew
Poland ESL Pro Series Poland V 2012-10-11 – 2012-12-16 Poland Zerg Nerchio Poland Terran DieStar
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany Winter 2012 2012-10-09 – 2012-12-07 Austria Protoss monchi Germany Zerg XlorD
Spain ESL Pro Series Spain Season 10 2012-12-14 – 2013-03-24 Spain Terran LucifroN Spain Zerg VortiX
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany Spring 2013 2013-02-19 – 2013-05-11 Germany Protoss HasuObs Germany Protoss Socke
Poland ESL Pro Series Poland VI 2013-04-25 – 2013-06-08 Poland Terran DieStar Poland Zerg uzer
Spain ESL Pro Series Spain Season 11 2013-06-01 – 2014-01-10 Spain Zerg VortiX Spain Terran LucifroN
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany Summer 2013 2013-06-18 – 2013-08-22 Germany Protoss HasuObs Germany Protoss Tarrantius
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany Winter 2013 2013-10-08 – 2013-12-15 Germany Terran HeRoMaRinE Germany Protoss Socke
Poland ESL Pro Series Poland VII 2013-10-24 – 2013-12-06 Poland Protoss pal Poland Terran souL
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany Spring 2014 2014-02-19 – 2014-05-02 Germany Protoss ShoWTimE South Korea Protoss Patience
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany Summer 2014 2014-06-18 – 2014-08-13 Germany Terran HeRoMaRinE Germany Protoss ShoWTimE

Team Tournaments[edit]


League Date Winner Runner-Up
Europe RaidCall EMS Spring 2013 2013-04-01 – 2013-06-21 Team Empire Team Empire Mousesports mousesports
Europe RaidCall ESL Euro Series Summer 2013 2013-07-22 – 2013-09-08 Mousesports mousesports Natus Vincere 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 MYinsanity mYinsanity Mousesports mousesports


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