Electronic Sports League

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


Team Tournaments[edit]

Major[edit]

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


Minor[edit]

League Date Winner Runner-Up
France SC2F Season 1 2010-11-29 – 2011-02-15 Milleniumlogo 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 Tt Dragonslogo 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
2011
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
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]