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Electronic Sports League

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[e][h]Electronic Sports League
Company Information
Parent company:
Founded:
1997 as Deutsche ClanLiga
2000 as ESL
Headquarters:
Cologne, Germany
Employees:
135
Links

The Electronic Sports League, often abbreviated ESL, is an eSports league founded in 1997. It has over 2 600 000 registered members, thus being one of the biggest gaming leagues, and organises several StarCraft II events.

Overview[edit]

The ESL, which is a brand that belongs to Turtle Entertainment GmbH, 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 runs several tournaments which are ruled by volunteer admins.

Payout Controversy[edit]

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

Events organised during the StarCraft II era[edit]

ESL Pro Tour[edit]

In January 2020 ESL announced the ESL Pro Tour (EPT), replacing the Blizzard-organized WCS System.

The ESL Pro Tour is the place that combined the legacies of ESL, DreamHack and WCS tournaments in a 3 years' partnership. It offeres more than 4 Million USD in prize pool across the tours and crowns the official StarCraft II World Champions.

The EPT is a circuit combining ESL and DreamHack tournaments which are connected by a ranking system into one narrative that builds towards the Masters Championships each year at Intel Extreme Masters Katowice. The Masters Championship will include the best players from the ESL Pro Tour and Korean leagues.

In additon to the Masters Championships, Global Events, the DH Masters and their Qualifiers the EPT introduced the ESL Open Cups, a series of weekly cups in all 3 big regions, granting prize pool and EPT points.

Premier Events[edit]

Intel Extreme Masters, often abbreviated IEM, is ESL's flagship competition since 2007. The first season of the StarCraft II era (IEM Season V) featured the first ever StarCraft II premier event, followed by continental championships leading to a world championship. The format evolved in season VI and now features several global challenge leading to the world championship.

List of Intel Extreme Masters[edit]

EventDatePrizeP#LocationWinnerRunner-UpScore
IEM Season V
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersGlobal Challenge Cologne2010-08-18 – 2010-08-22$15,00016Germany CologneSweden Terran MorroWUnited States Zerg IdrA3 - 1
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersAmerican Championships2010-10-08 – 2010-10-10$12,4008United States New YorkPeru Terran FenixUnited States Terran qxc3 - 1
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersEuropean Championships2011-01-20 – 2011-01-23$18,00012Ukraine KievSweden Terran SjoWUkraine Protoss White-Ra3 - 1
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersSoutheast Asian Championship2011-01-11 – 2011-01-27$02World OnlineAustralia Zerg mOOnGLaDeChina Terran Loner3 - 1
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersWorld Championship2011-03-01 – 2011-03-05$30,00012Germany HanoverSouth Korea Protoss AcESouth Korea Zerg Moon3 - 2
IEM Season VI
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersGlobal Challenge Cologne2011-08-17 – 2011-08-21$21,00016Germany CologneSouth Korea Terran PuMaSouth Korea Protoss MC3 - 0
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersGlobal Challenge Guangzhou2011-10-01 – 2011-10-04$21,00016China GuangzhouUnited States Zerg IdrAFinland Protoss elfi3 - 1
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersGlobal Challenge New York2011-10-13 – 2011-10-16$21,00016United States New YorkSouth Korea Zerg DongRaeGuSouth Korea Zerg FruitDealer3 - 2
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersGlobal Challenge Kiev2012-01-19 – 2012-01-22$21,00016Ukraine KievSouth Korea Terran MMAUkraine Zerg DIMAGA3 - 1
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersGlobal Challenge Sao Paulo2012-02-08 – 2012-02-11$21,00016Brazil Sao PauloSouth Korea Zerg viOLetSouth Korea Terran SuperNova3 - 1
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersWorld Championship2012-03-06 – 2012-03-10$83,00024Germany HanoverSouth Korea Protoss MCSouth Korea Terran PuMa3 - 2
IEM Season VII
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersCologne2012-08-15 – 2012-08-19$31,80024Germany CologneSouth Korea Terran MvpPoland Zerg Nerchio3 - 1
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersChina2012-09-30 – 2012-10-04Cancelled
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersSingapore2012-11-22 – 2012-11-25$29,00024Singapore SingaporeSouth Korea Terran StingNetherlands Protoss Grubby3 - 2
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersKatowice2013-01-18 – 2013-01-20$29,00024Poland KatowiceSouth Korea Protoss FirstSouth Korea Terran Dream3 - 1
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersWorld Championship2013-03-05 – 2013-03-09$100,00024Germany HanoverSouth Korea Terran YoDaSouth Korea Protoss First4 - 0
IEM Season VIII
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersShanghai2013-07-25 – 2013-07-28$25,00028China ShanghaiSouth Korea Zerg RevivalSouth Korea Protoss Oz4 - 0
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersNew York2013-10-10 – 2013-10-13$25,00028United States New YorkSouth Korea Zerg LifeSweden Protoss NaNiwa4 - 2
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersSingapore2013-11-28 – 2013-12-01$25,00027Singapore SingaporeSouth Korea Protoss herOSouth Korea Protoss San4 - 2
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersSao Paulo2014-01-29 – 2014-02-01$25,00028Brazil Sao PauloSouth Korea Protoss herOSouth Korea Protoss MC4 - 1
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersCologne2014-02-13 – 2014-02-16$25,00028Germany CologneSouth Korea Protoss HerOSouth Korea Terran Polt4 - 2
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersWorld Championship2014-03-14 – 2014-03-16$100,00016Poland KatowiceSouth Korea Protoss sOsSouth Korea Protoss herO4 - 1
IEM Season IX
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersShenzhen2014-07-16 – 2014-07-20$25,00026China ShenzhenSouth Korea Terran TaeJaSouth Korea Zerg Solar4 - 3
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersToronto2014-08-28 – 2014-08-31$25,00028Canada TorontoSouth Korea Terran FlashSouth Korea Protoss Zest4 - 1
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersSan Jose2014-12-03 – 2014-12-07$25,00025United States San JoseSouth Korea Protoss herOSouth Korea Protoss Rain4 - 3
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersTaipei2015-01-28 – 2015-02-01$25,00028Taiwan TaipeiSouth Korea Zerg LifeSouth Korea Terran Maru4 - 3
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersWorld Championship2015-03-12 – 2015-03-15$117,70716Poland KatowiceSouth Korea Protoss ZestSouth Korea Protoss Trap4 - 1
IEM Season X
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersShenzhen2015-07-16 – 2015-07-19$25,00016China ShenzhenSouth Korea Protoss ClassicSouth Korea Protoss PartinG4 - 1
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme Mastersgamescom2015-08-05 – 2015-08-09$25,00027Germany CologneSouth Korea Terran INnoVationSouth Korea Zerg soO4 - 1
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersTaipei2016-02-01 – 2016-02-02$25,0008Taiwan TaipeiSouth Korea Protoss sOsSouth Korea Terran ByuN4 - 2
World Championship SeriesWorld Championship SeriesWorld Championship2016-03-02 – 2016-03-05$150,00032Poland KatowiceSouth Korea Terran PoltNorway Zerg Snute4 - 2
IEM Season XI
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersShanghai2016-07-28 – 2016-07-31$50,00016China ShanghaiNetherlands Terran uThermalUnited States Protoss Neeb4 - 2
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersGyeonggi2016-12-14 – 2016-12-18$35,00016South Korea GyeonggiSouth Korea Terran INnoVationSouth Korea Protoss Stats4 - 0
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersWorld Championship2017-02-27 – 2017-03-05$250,00076Poland KatowiceSouth Korea Terran TYSouth Korea Protoss Stats4 - 3
IEM Season XII
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersShanghai2017-07-27 – 2017-07-30$25,00016China ShanghaiSouth Korea Zerg RogueSouth Korea Protoss herO4 - 1
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersPyeongChang2018-02-05 – 2018-02-07$150,00018South Korea PyeongChangCanada Zerg ScarlettSouth Korea Protoss sOs4 - 1
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersWorld Championship2018-02-26 – 2018-03-04$412,00076Poland KatowiceSouth Korea Zerg RogueSouth Korea Protoss Classic4 - 0
IEM Season XIII
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersKatowice2019-02-25 – 2019-03-03$400,00076Poland KatowiceSouth Korea Zerg soOSouth Korea Protoss Stats4 - 2
ESL Pro Tour 2020/21
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersKatowice2020-02-24 – 2020-03-01$400,00076Poland KatowiceSouth Korea Zerg RogueSouth Korea Protoss Zest4 - 1
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersKatowice2021-02-20 – 2021-02-28$250,00036Poland OnlineItaly Zerg ReynorSouth Korea Protoss Zest4 - 2
ESL Pro Tour 2021/22
Intel Extreme MastersIntel Extreme MastersKatowice2022-02-23 – 2022-02-27$500,00036Poland KatowiceFinland Zerg SerralItaly Zerg Reynor4 - 3

= World Championship


Major Events[edit]

The ESL Pro Series, commonly abbreviated EPS, are StarCraft 2 national leagues held and organized by Electronic Sports League. The format is group stage followed by playoffs, and each national series have its own specificities. Players are allowed to participate only if they reside in the country/countries where the series are held.

List of ESL Pro Series[edit]

ESL Pro Series
League Date Winner Runner-Up
2010
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany 17 2010-08-24 – 2010-11-23 Germany  Socke Italy  ClouD
Sweden ESL Pro Series Nordic Season 3 2010-08-31 – 2010-11-27 Sweden  SjoW Sweden  MaDFroG
France ESL Pro Series France IX 2010-09-13 – 2010-11-10 France  SarenS France  AureS
Bulgaria ESL Pro Series Bulgaria Season 6 2010-09 – 2011-01-30 Bulgaria  JacK Bulgaria  Splendour
Netherlands ESL Pro Series BeNeLux Season 5 2010-10-10 – 2010-11-06 Netherlands  ServaNT Netherlands  NTT
Austria ESL Pro Series Alpen Season X 2010-12 – 2011-01 Austria  bioboyAT Austria  xEi
Greece ESL Pro Series Greece Season 7 2012-12-?? – 2012-01-28 Greece  TheMista Greece  Giselher
2011
France ESL Pro Series France X 2011-03-14 – 2011-07-23 France  ToD France  Adelscott
Poland ESL Pro Series Poland II 2011-04-11 – 2011-07-02 Poland  Tarson Poland  Tefel
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany 18 2011-04-19 – 2011-06-05 Germany  Socke Germany  HasuObs
Spain ESL Pro Series Spain 7 2011-05 – 2011-07 Spain  VortiX Spain  LucifroN
Spain ESL Pro Series Spain 7 Teams 2011-05 – 2011-07 Spain Aprender Spain Wizards
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany 19 2011-08-15 – 2011-12-04 Germany  Socke Germany  GoOdy
Poland ESL Pro Series Poland III 2011-10-02 – 2012-01-16 Poland  DieStar Poland  SLiDeR
2012
Spain ESL Pro Series Spain Season 8 2012-01-12 – 2012-02-26 Spain  LucifroN Spain  VortiX
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany Spring 2012 2012-02-13 – 2012-04-29 Germany  HasuObs Switzerland  biGs
Poland ESL Pro Series Poland IV 2012-03-18 – 2012-06-24 Poland  Tarson Poland  Tefel
Spain ESL Pro Series Spain Season 9 2012-06-01 – 2012-07-22 Spain  VortiX Spain  LucifroN
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany Summer 2012 2012-06-11 – 2012-09-01 Germany  Hanfy Germany  HasuObs
Latvia ESL Pro Series Baltics Season 1 2012-09-23 – 2013-01-13 Lithuania  Krr Lithuania  Arew
Poland ESL Pro Series Poland V 2012-10-11 – 2012-12-16 Poland  Nerchio Poland  DieStar
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany Winter 2012 2012-10-09 – 2012-12-07 Austria  monchi Germany  XlorD
Spain ESL Pro Series Spain Season 10 2012-12-14 – 2013-03-24 Spain  LucifroN Spain  VortiX
2013
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany Spring 2013 2013-02-19 – 2013-05-11 Germany  HasuObs Germany  Socke
Poland ESL Pro Series Poland VI 2013-04-25 – 2013-06-08 Poland  DieStar Poland  uzer
Spain ESL Pro Series Spain Season 11 2013-06-01 – 2014-01-10 Spain  VortiX Spain  LucifroN
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany Summer 2013 2013-06-18 – 2013-08-22 Germany  HasuObs Germany  Tarrantius
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany Winter 2013 2013-10-08 – 2013-12-15 Germany  HeRoMaRinE Germany  Socke
Poland ESL Pro Series Poland VII 2013-10-24 – 2013-12-06 Poland  pal Poland  souL
2014
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany Spring 2014 2014-02-19 – 2014-05-02 Germany  ShoWTimE South Korea  Patience
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany Summer 2014 2014-06-18 – 2014-08-13 Germany  HeRoMaRinE Germany  ShoWTimE
Germany ESL Pro Series Germany Winter 2014 2014-10-01 – 2014-12-12 Germany  ShoWTimE Germany  HeRoMaRinE
2015
Germany ESL - Deutschlands beste Gamer: Spring 2015 2015-02-24 – 2015-05-09 Germany  Lambo Germany  HeRoMaRinE


Team Tournaments[edit]

Major[edit]

League Date Winner Runner-Up
Europe RaidCall EMS Spring 2013 2013-04-01 – 2013-06-21 Team EmpireTeam Empire Team Empire MOUZMOUZ MOUZ
Europe RaidCall ESL Euro Series Summer 2013 2013-07-22 – 2013-09-08 MOUZMOUZ MOUZ Natus VincereNatus Vincere Natus Vincere
Australia ESL Oceania Team Cup Summer 2013-11 – 2014 TBD TBD
Europe RaidCall ESL Euro Series Winter 2013 2013-11-25 – 2014-02-08 mYinsanitymYinsanity mYinsanity MOUZMOUZ MOUZ


Minor[edit]

League Date Winner Runner-Up
France SC2F Season 1 2010-11-29 – 2011-02-15 MilleniumMillenium Millenium against All authorityagainst All authority aAa
Italy Italian Clan Championship 1 2011-02-13 – 2011-04-10 Team Redbyte ItaliaTeam Redbyte Italia Redbyte Old School ClanOld School Clan Old School Clan
Spain EPS Spain Season 7 Teams 2011-05 – 2011-07 AprenderAprender Aprender Wizards Esports ClubWizards Esports Club Wizards Esports Club
Italy Italian Clan Championship 2 2012-01-15 – 2012-03-18 Old School ClanOld School Clan Old School Clan inFerno eSportsinFerno eSports inFerno eSports
Italy Italian Clan Championship 3 2012-04-22 – 2012-06-26 inFerno eSportsinFerno eSports inFerno eSports Old School ClanOld School Clan Old School Clan
Italy Italian Clan Championship 4 2012-10-21 – 2013-02-03 Tt eSPORTSTt eSPORTS Tt eSports.it Old School ClanOld School Clan Old School Clan
Italy Italian Clan Championship 5 2013-04-07 – 2013-06-16 Old School ClanOld School Clan Old School Clan MG eSportsMG eSports MG eSports
Italy Italian Clan Championship 6 2013-10-13 – 2013-12-22 Old School ClanOld School Clan Old School Clan Old School ClanOld School Clan oSc Academy


Special Events[edit]

The Electronic Sports League also organised several one-off events:

List of ESL Special Events[edit]

ESL Special Events
League Date Winner Runner-Up
2011
Dailymotion Cup 2011-05-02 – 2011-05-31 Poland  Nerchio Sweden  MorroW
Torneo ESL StarCraft II 2011-07-12 – 2011-07-17 Germany  HasuObs Germany  Socke
ESL Holiday 2v2 Tournament 2011-12-20 – 2011-12-22 United States  StrifeCro
Canada  dde
France  Eeel
France Lidwyn
2012
Country Championship 2012 2012-12-03 – 2012-11-21 Poland Poland Germany Germany


Weekly Tournaments[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]