ESL Expo Barcelona presented by Mobile World Congress brings esports to Barcelona

Top Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and League of Legends teams to compete in the Barcelona CS:GO Invitational and ESL Masters Spain

The world’s largest esports company ESL is once again partnering with the GSMA, the organizer of the world’s premiere mobile industry event, to bring esports competition to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. ESL Barcelona presented by Mobile World Congress is taking place on February 19 – 21, 2016, the weekend prior to the main event, and will host two esports competitions at Fira Barcelona, Hall 2.

The event will feature the Barcelona CS:GO Invitational presented by Mobile World Congress, and the ESL Masters Spain tournaments, in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and League of Legends, respectively. Offering the fans the chance to watch world-class esports competition between international and national teams, as well as offering visitors access to a variety of partner booths, shops and side activities, ESL Expo Barcelona presented by Mobile World Congress will be Barcelona’s biggest esports competition to date. The event will accommodate an audience of over 2,500 esports fans, and marks ESL’s and the GSMA’s third joint event, with previous events taking place at the 2015 Mobile World Congress and the 2015 Mobile World Congress Shanghai.

“Connecting esports tournaments to events such as the prestigious Mobile World Congress is a very exciting new step as we work to further popularize esports – especially given mobile’s increasing importance as a gaming platform. Reaching new audiences, engaging them in new way, going to places yet to be discovered – that’s what the partnership between the GSMA and ESL is about. ESL Barcelona presented by Mobile World Congress is already our third joint event, and with it’s location in a burgeoning esports territory like Spain, we’re confident the future is bright and full of opportunities for both the GSMA and ESL” said Sebastian Radu, Managing Director of ESL Spain and ESL LATAM.

Tournament and tickets information
ESL Barcelona and the National Championship will be hosted at the Fira Montjuic, Hall 2, on February 19 – 21, 2016. Tickets are available at Eventbrite and can be purchased for €12 for a Day Ticket, and €22 for a Weekend Ticket. Special Early Bird discount on all tickets is available until January 22nd.

Four invited international, two European and two Spanish Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams, as well as eight League of Legends teams will join the event for three days packed with esports action, where they put their skills to a test in a battle for the grand total of over €80,000 in prize money. 

Detailed event schedule will follow in the coming weeks. To read more about the tournament head over to

Press and business meetings
ESL executives, professional players, team managers and business partners will be available for meetings at ESL Barcelona event. If you would like to book a meeting, you can do so by reaching out to:

  • for Spanish press
  • Manuel Moreno at for business opportunities meetings scheduling
  • Anna Rozwandowicz at for international press meetings scheduling

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