Electronic Sports League
2000 as ESL
The Electronic Sports League, abbreviated ESL, is an esports league founded in 1997 and operated by Turtle Entertainment in Cologne, Germany. Today it has more than 5,000,000 registered members and consists of over 1,000,000 teams, thus being one of the biggest gaming leagues, and has organized several Counter-Strike, Counter-Strike: Source and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive events over the years.
The 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).
The ESL supports over 50 games in different games and runs several tournaments which are ruled by volunteer admins.