Everything You Need to Know Ahead of The ESL Impact League Season 4

ESL Impact returns, as 28 of the world’s best women Counter-Strike teams face off on September 13 – December 10 to battle it out for a $150,000 prize pool.
The season’s Global Finals will see the top eight teams compete in front of a live crowd at DreamHack Valencia on December 8 – 10.
Amongst others, undefeated ESL Impact Champions Nigma Galaxy will be in attendance, seeking a historic sixth consecutive victory.
The competition will be streamed live on Twitch and Youtube

Wednesday, September 6, 2023, Cologne/New York – ESL Impact League returns for the second time this year, with Season 4 beginning on September 13. The all-women Counter-Strike circuit sees 28 teams competing for eight spots at the ESL Impact Global Finals set to take place at DreamHack Valencia in Valencia, Spain, on December 8 – 10, a share of the $150,000 total prize pool and a chance to be crowned the ESL Impact Season 4 Champions. Nigma Galaxy, the undefeated title-holder, will be aiming to maintain their incredible winning streak and obtain the sixth consecutive ESL Impact trophy. 

Here is all you need to know about ESL Impact Season 4:

ESL Impact Season 4 will see 28 all-women Counter-Strike rosters compete for a total prize pool of $150,000 and the coveted trophy. Commencing September 13, teams from Europe, North America, and South America will compete against one another, with the eight best teams facing off live in front of a packed-out audience at the Feria de Valencia during DreamHack Valencia on December 8 – 10. 

Valencia is a city that, through the years, has established itself as a hotspot for women’s esports tournaments, including CS:GO DreamHack Showdown Valencia 2019. Additionally, ESL Impact has a previous history in Valencia, with Nigma Galaxy taking the crown in a standalone live ESL Impact event at DreamHack Valencia 2022.

ESL Impact was launched at the beginning of 2022 as one of the initiatives of ESL FACEIT Group’s (EFG) #GGFORALL program. For almost two years, it has inspired all-women Counter-Strike teams and broadcast talent to follow their dreams of being a part of the professional esports scene. ESL Impact provides teams, talent, players, fans, and more with a dedicated ecosystem, creating a more diverse and equal gaming environment for everyone.

Schedule and Format

League Season: September 13 – October 29:

  • North and South America:
    • Each region has one group of eight teams.
    • The Group Stage will be a single round-robin, and all matches will be best-of-three.
    • The winner and runner-up of the groups will advance to the season’s Global Finals.
  • Europe:
    • The EU region has two groups of six teams.
    • The Group Stage will be a single round-robin, and all matches will be best-of-three.
    • The first-placed team from each group advances to the season’s Global Finals.
    • The second-placed team from each group plays a decider best-of-three match. The winner advances to the Global Finals.

Wildcard Qualifiers: October 6 – 8:

  • Asia
  • The Wildcard Qualifier for Asia will take place on October 6 – 8 at 10:00 GMT.
  • Teams can sign up here and will fight for one spot at the Season 4 Global Finals at DreamHack Valencia. 
  • The qualifiers will be a single bracket, and matches will be best-of-three.

Season 4 Global Finals: December 8 – 10:

  • Group Stage
    • The eight qualified teams will be split into two groups of four teams.
    • These two groups will face off in double-elimination matches, with upper bracket matches played as best-of-one and lower bracket played as best-of-three.
    • The top two teams per group will advance to the Playoffs.
  • Playoffs
    • The best four teams will compete in a single elimination bracket in a best-of-three format, with two teams advancing to the Grand Final.
    • The Grand Final will also be played in best-of-three.

Teams attending:


  • 9Pandas Fearless 
  • Aces
  • G2 Oya
  • Guild
  • NAVI Javelins
  • Nigma Galaxy
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • Let Her Cook (From EU Qualifier)
  • Shinigami (From EU Qualifier)
  • YeYo (From EU Qualifier)
  • VP.Angles (From EU Qualifier)

North America:

  • Hyperion
  • Evil Geniuses Gold
  • FlyQuest Red
  • Shimmer
  • Cherry Bombs (From NA Qualifier)
  • FA White (From NA Qualifier)
  • Team Karma (From NA Qualifier)
  • Totsugeki (From NA Qualifier)

South America

  • B4 Esports
  • FURIA 
  • MIBR
  • Cafeina (From SA Qualifier)
  • Divina (From SA Qualifier)
  • Mocreias (From SA Qualifier)
  • Ravens (From SA Qualifier)
  • TBD

Prize Money:

REGIONPrize Money
EU Region$9,200
NA Region$8,900
SA Region$8,900
PLACEPrize Money

Where to Watch

ESL Impact Season 4 and its Global Finals will be streamed live on Twitch and Youtube

The live finals at DreamHack Valencia on December 8 – 10 are open to the public, with tickets for the immersive three-day gaming lifestyle festival also granting access to the dedicated ESL Impact stage. More information can be found on the DreamHack Valencia website.

Assets for ESL Impact Season 4 can be found in the press kit, which is available here.

For more information about the all-women Counter-Strike ecosystem, please visit the official website and follow ESL Impact on X (Twitter), Facebook, and Instagram

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