ESL Gaming and Network Next Partner to Advance Network Performance in Esports Games

Mar 4, 2021 – New York and Cologne, Germany – This morning, ESL Gaming, the world’s largest esports company, and Network Next, a network company whose mission is to make premium network performance accessible to everyone, announced that they have partnered to boost network performance for ESL players. The first game they will partner on is Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO).

Network Next is a radically new way of linking networks together. A new internet built on a neutral marketplace where thousands of private networks compete on performance and price to carry traffic. Network Next’s revolutionary solution is delivering significant packet loss and jitter reductions, and is lowering latency by as much as 300ms.

ESL Gaming has been shaping the industry and leading esports and gaming innovation on a global scale for decades. Their partnership with Network Next is another example of their never-ending mission to bring world-class gaming experiences to their players.

“The internet doesn’t care about games,” said Glenn Fiedler, founder and CEO of Network Next. “Gamers experience this every time they play and get bad network performance. At Network Next, we think this just isn’t good enough, and it’s our mission to fix this, not just for games, but for all applications that need better network performance than the internet can provide today”.

“Over the last year, the pandemic has caused the esports landscape to dramatically change and we have seen concurrent user numbers soar,” said Trevor Schmidt, Vice President of ESL Online. “We want to ensure that the growing fanbase continues to enjoy the best possible gaming experience, and we believe Network Next can help make that happen.”

More details of the partnership will be released in the coming weeks.


About ESL Gaming

ESL Gaming is the world’s largest esports and gaming lifestyle company. Since 1994, the company has been shaping the industry and leading esports and gaming innovation on a global scale across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline esports competitions, and through premier gaming lifestyle festivals. The company operates high-profile, branded international leagues and tournaments under the ESL Pro Tour, including ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters, DreamHack Masters, ESL Pro League, and other preeminent, stadium-size tournaments. ESL Gaming also produces and hosts DreamHack Open tournaments, ESL National Championships, grassroots amateur cups, matchmaking systems, and DreamHack’s gaming lifestyle festivals — which feature everything gaming under one roof. ESL Gaming is part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group. More information is available at 

About Network Next Founded in 2017, Network Next gives developers instant access to thousands of networks. Our goal is to put the application in control of the network and make premium network performance accessible to everyone. For more information, visit:

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