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[e][h]ESL Gaming GmbH
Company Information
ESL North America (ESEA)
ESL Australia
ESL France
ESL Spain
ESL Italy
ESL Poland
ESL Benelux
Esports Production
1997 as Deutsche ClanLiga
2000 as ESL
Germany Cologne
636 [1]

ESL Gaming GmbH (formerly known as the Electronic Sports League) is the world’s largest esports company.


The Electronic Sports League was launched in 2000 as the internationalization of the Deutsche ClanLiga. The ESL started as a series of online leagues as well as an online magazine known as Since its launch, ESL has grown to be the largest esports company in the world with offices all around the globe. The Electronic Sports League was rebranded as just ESL in 2014. In July 2015, the Modern Times Group acquired a majority stake (74.04%) in Turtle Entertainment, later increasing it by a further 8.44% in September 2018.

ESL, 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).

ESL has supported over 50 games in different games and runs dozens of tournaments every year.

Payout Controversy[edit]

On November 1, 2011, the Electronic Sports League came under scrutiny regarding the issue of delayed payment of prizes. [2] Several professional players stated that ESL was among tournament organisations which delay the payment of prize money up to eighteen months after competition. [3] 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. [4] IdrA claimed that, while ESL typically makes prize payments after a long delay, they eventually always pay what is owed. [5] Michal "Carmac" Blicharz, the ESL Pro Gaming 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. [6]

Premier Events[edit]

The Intel Extreme Masters, often abbreviated IEM, is ESL's flagship competition since 2007. In 2006, IEM replaced the ESL Counter-Strike Champions League (CSCL), when the Intel sponsored European tournament saw room for expansion outside of the European market, especially in the North American market, Intel provided funds for a worldwide tournament, calling it the Intel Extreme Masters. IEM also established a format of smaller qualifying events, leading up to a large final event that held at the CeBIT, the world's largest and most international computer expo. All of the Grand Finals have been held at CeBIT. Starting in 2008, the Tournament was billed as being worldwide, boasting participants from Europe, North America, and Asia. Counter-Strike 1.6 was the only game offered in the first season, but the variety of games has increased, to as many as the four different titles offered during Season 5. The first IEM Season I of the Counter-Strike era, was followed by 26 events including five World Championship finals that lead up to the IEM Season VI World Championship, which was the last season to feature Counter-Strike.

In 2013, ESL announced a new premier gaming competition for Europe's best in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The competition, dubbed the ESL Major Series One, or simply EMS One, featured the best teams from Europe competing for one of the largest independent Counter-Strike: Global Offensive prize pools to date. The league featured three successful events in 2013, with finals held at the ESL Studios in Cologne, Germany. In early 2014 ESL and Valve announced that they would hold a tournament at the Intel Extreme Masters venue in Katowice. The event, EMS One Katowice, would be Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's first Valve sponsored and community founded CS:GO Major tournament held by ESL.

Major Events[edit]

The ESL Pro Series, commonly abbreviated EPS, was a Counter-Strike and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive national league held and organized by Electronic Sports League. The format is a group stage followed by a playoffs, and each national series have its own specificities. Players were allowed to participate in the ESL Pro Series only if the resided in the country/countries where the series are held.

ESL Pro League[edit]

The ESL Pro League was the highest league in the ESL League system and featured sixteen European teams with offline finals. Eight teams were invited to the new ESL Pro League with the other eight slots determined through qualifiers. The ESL Pro League lasted for one season before being discontinued upon ESL's acquisition of ESEA, forming the ESL ESEA Pro League.

ESL Major League[edit]

The ESL Major League, originally positioned directly below the ESL Pro League, was now the highest ESL League division at the time of its discontinuation. A total of 32 teams competed in a single-elimination bracket, with the top 4 teams proceeding to ESEA's Main division.


ESL One[edit]

EventDatePrize Pool 1st 2nd
Rio 20202020-11-09 to 2020-11-22$2,000,000Cancelled
Cologne 20202020-08-21 to 2020-08-30$1,000,000Cancelled
Cologne 2020 Online - Europe2020-08-18 to 2020-08-30$325,000HeroicHeroic HeroicTeam Vitality Team Vitality
Cologne 2020 Online - Asia2020-08-25 to 2020-08-30$20,000TYLOO TYLOOViCi Gaming ViCi Gaming
Cologne 2020 Online - Oceania2020-08-25 to 2020-08-30$20,000Renegades RenegadesAvant GamingAvant Gaming Avant Gaming
Cologne 2020 Online - North America2020-08-18 to 2020-08-29$135,000Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses Evil GeniusesTeam LiquidTeam Liquid Team Liquid
Road to Rio - CIS2020-04-30 to 2020-05-17$50,000Team Spirit Team SpiritWinstrike Team Winstrike Team
Road to Rio - Europe2020-04-22 to 2020-05-17$115,000Astralis AstralisG2 EsportsG2 Esports G2 Esports
Road to Rio - North America2020-04-22 to 2020-05-10$60,000Gen.G EsportsGen.G Esports Gen.G EsportsFURIA Esports FURIA Esports
Road to Rio - Asia2020-05-06 to 2020-05-10$10,000TIGER TIGERTYLOO TYLOO
Road to Rio - Oceania2020-05-06 to 2020-05-10$10,000Renegades RenegadesORDER ORDER
Road to Rio - South America2020-04-22 to 2020-04-26$10,000BOOM Esports BOOM EsportsIsurus Isurus
New York 20192019-09-26 to 2019-09-29$200,000Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses Evil GeniusesAstralis Astralis
Cologne 20192019-07-02 to 2019-07-07$300,000Team LiquidTeam Liquid Team LiquidTeam Vitality Team Vitality
New York 20182018-09-26 to 2018-09-30$250,000mousesports mousesportsTeam LiquidTeam Liquid Team Liquid
Cologne 20182018-07-03 to 2018-07-08$300,000Natus Vincere Natus VincereBIGBIG BIG
Belo Horizonte 20182018-06-13 to 2018-06-17$200,000FaZe Clan FaZe Clanmousesports mousesports
New York 20172017-09-15 to 2017-09-17$250,000FaZe Clan FaZe ClanTeam LiquidTeam Liquid Team Liquid
Cologne 20172017-07-04 to 2017-07-09$250,000SK GamingSK Gaming SK GamingCloud9 Cloud9
New York 20162016-09-30 to 2016-10-02$250,000Natus Vincere Natus
Cologne 20162016-07-05 to 2016-07-10$1,000,000SK GamingSK Gaming SK GamingTeam Liquid Team Liquid
Cologne 20152015-08-20 to 2015-08-23$250,000Fnatic FnaticTeam EnVyUsTeam EnVyUs Team EnVyUs
Katowice 20152015-03-12 to 2015-03-15$250,000Fnatic FnaticNinjas in Pyjamas Ninjas in Pyjamas
Cologne 20142014-08-14 to 2014-08-17$250,000Ninjas in Pyjamas Ninjas in PyjamasFnatic Fnatic

Intel Extreme Masters[edit]

EventDatePrize Pool 1st 2nd
Fall 20242024-10-07 to 2024-10-13$250,000To Be Determined TBDTo Be Determined TBD
Cologne 20242024-08-07 to 2024-08-18$1,000,000To Be Determined TBDTo Be Determined TBD
Dallas 20242024-05-27 to 2024-06-02$250,000To Be Determined TBDTo Be Determined TBD
Chengdu 20242024-04-08 to 2024-04-14$250,000To Be Determined TBDTo Be Determined TBD
Katowice 20242024-01-31 to 2024-02-11$1,000,000Team SpiritTeam Spirit Team SpiritFaZe ClanFaZe Clan FaZe Clan
Sydney 20232023-10-16 to 2023-10-22$250,000FaZe ClanFaZe Clan FaZe ClanComplexity GamingComplexity Gaming Complexity Gaming
Cologne 20232023-07-26 to 2023-08-06$1,000,000G2 EsportsG2 Esports G2 EsportsENCE ENCE
Dallas 20232023-05-29 to 2023-06-04$250,000ENCE ENCEMOUZ MOUZ
Rio 20232023-04-17 to 2023-04-23$250,000Team VitalityTeam Vitality Team VitalityHeroic Heroic
Katowice 20232023-02-01 to 2023-02-12$1,000,000G2 EsportsG2 Esports G2 EsportsHeroic Heroic
Rio Major 20222022-10-31 to 2022-11-13$1,250,000Outsiders OutsidersHeroicHeroic Heroic
Season XVII - Cologne2022-07-05 to 2022-07-17$1,000,000FaZe ClanFaZe Clan FaZe ClanNatus VincereNatus Vincere Natus Vincere
Season XVII - Dallas2022-05-30 to 2022-06-05$250,000Cloud9 Cloud9ENCE ENCE
Season XVI - Katowice2022-02-15 to 2022-02-27$1,000,000FaZe ClanFaZe Clan FaZe ClanG2 EsportsG2 Esports G2 Esports
Season XVI - Winter2021-12-02 to 2021-12-12$250,000Team Vitality Team VitalityNinjas in PyjamasNinjas in Pyjamas Ninjas in Pyjamas
Season XVI - Fall2021-09-28 to 2021-10-10$250,000Cancelled
Season XVI - Fall: NA2021-10-05 to 2021-10-10$70,000FURIA Esports FURIA EsportsGODSENTGODSENT GODSENT
Season XVI - Fall: EU2021-09-29 to 2021-10-10$105,000Ninjas in PyjamasNinjas in Pyjamas Ninjas in PyjamasENCE ENCE
Season XVI - Fall: Asia2021-10-05 to 2021-10-10$10,000TYLOO TYLOOViCi Gaming ViCi Gaming
Season XVI - Fall: CIS2021-09-29 to 2021-10-03$50,000Gambit Esports Gambit EsportsNatus VincereNatus Vincere Natus Vincere
Season XVI - Fall: OCE2021-09-29 to 2021-10-03$10,000Renegades RenegadesLookingForOrgLookingForOrg LookingForOrg
Season XVI - Fall: SA2021-09-29 to 2021-10-03$10,000Bravos Gaming Bravos GamingSharks Esports Sharks Esports
Season XVI - Cologne2021-07-06 to 2021-07-18$1,000,000Natus VincereNatus Vincere Natus VincereG2 EsportsG2 Esports G2 Esports
Season XVI - Summer2021-06-03 to 2021-06-13$250,000Gambit Esports Gambit EsportsOG OG
Season XV - World Championship2021-02-16 to 2021-02-28$1,000,000Gambit Esports Gambit
Season XV - Global Challenge2020-12-15 to 2020-12-20$500,000Astralis AstralisTeam LiquidTeam Liquid Team Liquid
Season XV - Beijing: Europe2020-11-06 to 2020-11-22$150,000Team Vitality Team VitalityNatus Vincere Natus Vincere
Season XV - Beijing: North America2020-11-06 to 2020-11-22$70,000Chaos Esports ClubChaos Esports Club Chaos Esports ClubTriumph Triumph
Season XV - Beijing: Asia2020-11-13 to 2020-11-22$15,000ViCi Gaming ViCi GamingTYLOO TYLOO
Season XV - Beijing: Oceania2020-11-13 to 2020-11-22$15,000Renegades RenegadesORDER ORDER
Season XV - New York: CIS2020-10-13 to 2020-10-25$50, Virtus.proNemiga Gaming Nemiga Gaming
Season XV - New York: North America2020-10-06 to 2020-10-18$60,000FURIA Esports FURIA Esports100 Thieves100 Thieves 100 Thieves
Season XV - New York: Europe2020-10-06 to 2020-10-11$140,000FaZe ClanFaZe Clan FaZe ClanOG OG
Season XV - Melbourne2020-08-17 to 2020-08-23$250,000Cancelled
Season XIV - World Championship2020-02-24 to 2020-03-01$500,000Natus Vincere Natus VincereG2 EsportsG2 Esports G2 Esports
Season XIV - Beijing2019-11-07 to 2019-11-10$250,000Astralis Astralis100 Thieves100 Thieves 100 Thieves
Season XIV - Chicago2019-07-18 to 2019-07-21$250,000Team LiquidTeam Liquid Team LiquidENCE ENCE
Season XIV - Sydney2019-04-29 to 2019-05-05$250,000Team LiquidTeam Liquid Team LiquidFnatic Fnatic
Season XIII - World Championship2019-02-13 to 2019-03-03$1,000,000Astralis AstralisENCE ENCE
Season XIII - Chicago2018-11-06 to 2018-11-11$250,000Astralis AstralisTeam LiquidTeam Liquid Team Liquid
Season XIII - Shanghai2018-08-01 to 2018-08-06$250,000NRG EsportsNRG Esports NRG EsportsTYLOO TYLOO
Season XIII - Sydney2018-05-01 to 2018-05-06$250,000FaZe Clan FaZe ClanAstralis Astralis
Season XII - World Championship2018-02-27 to 2018-03-04$500,000Fnatic FnaticFaZe Clan FaZe Clan
Season XII - Oakland2017-11-14 to 2017-11-19$300,000Ninjas in PyjamasNinjas in Pyjamas Ninjas in PyjamasFaZe Clan FaZe Clan
Season XII - Sydney2017-05-03 to 2017-05-07$200,000SK GamingSK Gaming SK GamingFaZe Clan FaZe Clan
Season XI - World Championship2017-03-01 to 2017-03-05$250,000Astralis AstralisFaZe Clan FaZe Clan
Season XI - Oakland2016-11-16 to 2016-11-20$300,000Ninjas in Pyjamas Ninjas in PyjamasSK GamingSK Gaming SK Gaming
Season X - World Championship2016-03-02 to 2016-03-05$250,000Fnatic FnaticLuminosity Gaming Luminosity Gaming
Season X - Taipei2016-01-29 to 2016-02-02$50,000The MongolZThe MongolZ The MongolZRenegades Renegades
Season X - San Jose2015-11-21 to 2015-11-22$125,000Natus Vincere Natus VincereTeam SoloMidTeam SoloMid Team SoloMid
Season X - gamescom2015-08-05 to 2015-08-08$80,500Team EnVyUsTeam EnVyUs Team EnVyUsTeam SoloMidTeam SoloMid Team SoloMid
Season VII - Katowice2013-01-20$7,000ESC Gaming ESC
Season VI - World Championship2012-03-06 to 2012-03-10$100,000ESC Gaming ESC GamingNatus Vincere Natus Vincere
Season VI - Kyiv2012-01-19 to 2012-01-22$40,000Natus Vincere Natus VincereSK GamingSK Gaming SK Gaming
Season VI - New York2011-10-13 to 2011-10-16$40,000SK GamingSK Gaming SK GamingTeam WinFakt Team WinFakt
Season VI - Guangzhou2011-10-01 to 2011-10-05$31,600Fnatic Fnaticmousesports mousesports
Season V - World Championship2011-03-01 to 2011-03-05$80,000Natus Vincere Natus VincereFrag eXecutors Frag eXecutors
Season V - European Championship2011-01-20 to 2011-01-23$50,000Fnatic FnaticmTw mTw
Season V - American Championship2010-10-08 to 2010-10-10$26,000compLexity Gaming compLexity GamingEvil Geniuses Evil Geniuses
Season V - Shanghai2010-07-29 to 2010-08-01$40,000Fnatic FnaticTYLOO.raw TYLOO.raw
Season IV - World Championship2010-03-02 to 2010-03-06$100,000Natus Vincere Natus VincereFnatic Fnatic
Season IV - Asian Championship2010-02-05 to 2010-02-09$25,000WeMade FOX WeMade FOXUltimax Ultimax
Season IV - European Championship2010-01-14 to 2010-01-17$50,000mousesports mousesportsFnatic Fnatic
Season IV - American Championship2009-12-11 to 2009-12-13$30,000Evil Geniuses Evil GeniusescompLexity Gaming compLexity Gaming
Season IV - Dubai2009-10-17 to 2009-10-24$25,000Fnatic FnaticMeet Your Makers Meet Your Makers
Season IV - Chengdu2009-10-01 to 2009-10-03$40,000SK GamingSK Gaming SK GamingFnatic Fnatic
Season IV - Gamescom2009-08-23$10,000mousesports mousesportsmTw mTw
Season III - World Championship2009-03-06 to 2009-03-08$125,000Fnatic FnaticMeet Your Makers Meet Your Makers
Season III - European Championship2009-03-03 to 2009-03-05$50,000mTw mTwTeam ALTERNATE Team ALTERNATE
Season III - Asian Championship II2009-01-16 to 2009-01-18$50,000wNv Teamwork wNv TeamworkWeMade FOX WeMade FOX
Season III - American Championship2008-11-21 to 2008-11-23$50,000mibrmibr mibrX3O Gaming X3O Gaming
Season III - Asian Championship2008-11-13 to 2008-11-16$10,000e-STRO e-STROLunatic-hai Lunatic-hai
Season III - Dubai2008-10-22 to 2008-10-24$50,000mousesports mousesportsMeet Your Makers Meet Your Makers
Season III - Montreal2008-10-17 to 2008-10-19$50,000Fnatic FnaticSK GamingSK Gaming SK Gaming
Season III - Los Angeles2008-10-03 to 2008-10-05$50,000SK GamingSK Gaming SK Gamingmibrmibr mibr
Season II - World Championship2008-03-06 to 2008-03-09$122,500mousesports mousesportse-STRO e-STRO
Season II - Los Angeles2007-10-18 to 2007-10-21$45,000Fnatic FnaticSK GamingSK Gaming SK Gaming
Season I - World Championship2007-03-15 to 2007-03-18$122,420Team Pentagram Team PentagramH2k Gaming H2k Gaming

ESL Pro League[edit]

EventDatePrize Pool 1st 2nd
Season 182023-08-30 to 2023-10-01$850,000MOUZ MOUZNatus VincereNatus Vincere Natus Vincere
Season 172023-02-22 to 2023-03-26$850,000FaZe ClanFaZe Clan FaZe ClanCloud9 Cloud9
Season 162022-08-31 to 2022-10-02$835,000Team Vitality Team VitalityTeam LiquidTeam Liquid Team Liquid
Season 152022-03-09 to 2022-04-10$823,000FaZe ClanFaZe Clan FaZe ClanENCE ENCE
Season 142021-08-16 to 2021-09-12$750,000Natus VincereNatus Vincere Natus VincereTeam Vitality Team Vitality
Season 132021-03-08 to 2021-04-11$750,000HeroicHeroic HeroicGambit Esports Gambit Esports
Season 122020-09-02 to 2020-10-11$750,000Cancelled
Season 112020-03-16 to 2020-04-12$750,000Cancelled
Season 102019-12-03 to 2019-12-08$600,000mousesports mousesportsFnatic Fnatic
Season 92019-06-18 to 2019-06-23$600,000Team LiquidTeam Liquid Team LiquidG2 EsportsG2 Esports G2 Esports
Season 82018-12-04 to 2018-12-09$750,000Astralis AstralisTeam LiquidTeam Liquid Team Liquid
Season 72018-05-15 to 2018-05-20$750,000Astralis AstralisTeam LiquidTeam Liquid Team Liquid
Season 62017-12-05 to 2017-12-10$750,000SK GamingSK Gaming SK GamingFaZe Clan FaZe Clan
Season 52017-05-30 to 2017-06-04$750,000G2 Esports G2 EsportsNorthNorth North
Season 42016-10-26 to 2016-10-30$600,000Cloud9 Cloud9SK GamingSK Gaming SK Gaming
Season 32016-05-11 to 2016-05-15$512,000Luminosity Gaming Luminosity GamingG2 Esports G2 Esports
Season 22015-12-10 to 2015-12-13$250,000Fnatic FnaticNatus Vincere Natus Vincere
Season 12015-07-02 to 2015-07-05$250,000Fnatic FnaticCloud9 Cloud9

ESL Major Series One[edit]

EventDatePrize Pool 1st 2nd
Katowice 20142014-03-13 to 2014-03-16$250, Virtus.proNinjas in Pyjamas Ninjas in Pyjamas
Fall 20132013-10-01 to 2013-10-27$35,000VeryGames VeryGamesNinjas in Pyjamas Ninjas in Pyjamas
Summer 20132013-05-14 to 2013-06-30$35,000VeryGames
Spring 20132013-03-19 to 2013-04-14$35,000Ninjas in Pyjamas Ninjas in PyjamasFnatic Fnatic

ESL (Other events)[edit]

Other Events
Event Date Winner Runner-Up
ESL Expo Barcelona 2016 (2016-02-19 to 2016-02-21) Fnatic Fnatic Astralis Astralis

ESL League[edit]

ESL League
ESL Pro League
Event Date Winner Runner-Up
ESL Pro League: Winter 2014/15 2014 (2014-12-03 to 2015-04-12) Natus Vincere Natus Vincere TitanTitan Titan
ESL Major League
Event Date Winner Runner-Up
ESL Major League: Winter 2014/15 2014 (2014-12-03 to 2015-03-25) CPLAY CPLAY

ESL European National Championship[edit]

EventDatePrize Pool 1st 2nd
ESL ENC 20102010-04-29 to 2010-08-22$18,303.84Team Sweden Team SwedenTeam Ukraine Team Ukraine
ESL ENC 2010: Female2010-04-29 to 2010-08-22$11,816.10Team Russia Team RussiaTeam Germany Team Germany
ESL ENC 2010: Source2010-04-29 to 2010-08-22$13,188.44Team United Kingdom Team United KingdomTeam Denmark Team Denmark
ESL ENC 20092009-06-02 to 2009-08-22$12,190.06Team Sweden Team SwedenTeam Germany Team Germany
ESL ENC 2009: Source2009-06-02 to 2009-08-22$4,302.38Team Germany Team GermanyTeam France Team France
ESL ENC 20082008-04-29 to 2008-08-22$40,628.49Team Sweden Team SwedenTeam Germany Team Germany
ESL ENC 2008: Source2008-04-29 to 2008-08-22$14,773.99Team Czech Republic Team Czech RepublicTeam France Team France
ESL ENC 20072007-08-24 to 2007-08-26$41,028.17Team Poland Team PolandTeam Germany Team Germany
ESL ENC 20062006-05-17 to 2006-08-27$38,257.50Team Sweden Team SwedenTeam Norway Team Norway
ESL ENC 20052005-08-17 to 2005-08-19$14,766Team Germany Team GermanyTeam Bulgaria Team Bulgaria
ESL ENC 20042004-09-04 to 2004-09-05$14,472.04Team Sweden Team SwedenTeam Austria Team Austria