Cologne/New York/Stockholm – ESL Gaming today released additional updates regarding the ESL Challenger competition initially planned to take place at DreamHack Anaheim, February 11-13. The competition, a part of the ESL Pro Tour (EPT) for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, will transition to an online format with all teams competing in the same server region, Europe, and will be played on the original dates, February 11-13.
The format change means that teams not from Europe will play from a bootcamp facility that can accommodate the team. ESL Gaming will cover travel and accommodation costs for these teams.
The $100,000 prize pool, awarding of EPT points, and the tournament format will remain unchanged, with the name being adjusted to ESL Challenger 48. The tournament furthermore still acts as a pathway for aspiring teams into the ESL Pro League, with the winning team qualifying for the Season 16 Conference Stage, set to take place at DreamHack Summer in June .
A complete overview of the ESL Pro Tour for CS:GO 2022 calendar can be found at eslprotour.gg.
About ESL Pro Tour
The ESL Pro Tour combines multiple ESL tournaments from various game titles, including Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, StarCraft® II and Warcraft® III into dedicated circuits that build toward grand championships each year. The overarching structure for both global and local competitions provides aspiring players from all levels a consistent and clear path from “zero to hero”, a more compelling story to follow for existing CS:GO, StarCraft® II and Warcraft® III fans, and a more transparent structure for new esports fans.
About ESL Gaming
ESL Gaming is the world’s leading esports company. For more than two decades, we have been shaping the industry and leading esports and gaming innovation globally across the most popular video games, creating a comprehensive ecosystem with opportunities for players to go from zero to hero, and for fans to witness the best stories esports has to offer. Our portfolio consists of high-profile products such as the ESL Pro Tour, Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL Mobile, DreamHack Festivals, and many more, ranging from grassroots to global elite competitions. ESL Gaming is part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group.More information is available at eslfaceitgroup.com.