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ESEA

From Liquipedia Team Fortress Wiki
[e][h]E-Sports Entertainment LLC
Company Information
Industry:
Professional Gaming League
Founded:
2003
Headquarters:
United States New York, USA
Key people:
Craig Levine
Tri
Events:
Website:
Links

ESEA is a global league with divisions for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and formerly Team Fortress 2.

History[edit]

ESEA was initially founded in 2003 as a website dedicated to Half-Life, Counter-Strike, and Warcraft II strategy. The website fostered a community in all games and eventually went on to launch ESEA League, a seasonal league featuring competition and prizes in all games. The most successful of these was ESEA's Counter-Strike league, which would become its biggest division, allowing ESEA to host LAN Finals for its top CS division, Invite.

Following the launch of ESEA League, ESEA later added Team Fortress 2 into its lineup in Season 2, with TF2 receiving an Invite division the following season, as well as Invite LAN Finals in Dallas in Season 5, alongside Counter-Strike. The league's TF2 division continued to grow and would eventually receive a North American Main division and a European league in 2014 with Season 15, aided by the game moving to Free-to-Play and continued game updates by Valve.

However, Season 15 would ultimately be the peak for ESEA's TF2 division, with signups dwindling soon after, resulting in NA Main and the European ESEA league only staying for a single season. Season 18 would be the last season that TF2's Invite division would see a LAN Final in Dallas, with ESL's acquisition and restructuring of the league moving the CS:GO Invite division under ESL ESEA Pro League.

ESEA TF2 remained online for the entirety of its lifetime, with the league continuing to strut along for an additional twelve seasons, before ESEA eventually closed its TF2 league.

ESEA was a highly influential company in the competitive Team Fortress 2 scene, with many hallmarks of the ESEA League, including offline finals, paid leagues, and the half system, remaining a part of existing North American TF2 mindset and ruleset.

Events[edit]

Invite Division[edit]

S     Tournament
Date
Prize
P#
Location
Winner
Runner-up
Apr 29 - Jul 21, 2019
$12,600
9 teams
United States Online, us
  FROYO
  Ascent
Jan 8 - Apr 4, 2019
$12,600
9 teams
United States Online, us
  FROYO
  Ascent
Sep 11 - Dec 12, 2018
$12,600
9 teams
United States Online, us
  FROYO
May 21 - Aug 19, 2018
$10,000
9 teams
United States Online, us
  FROYO
  Ascent
Jan 22 - Apr 19, 2018
$14,000
9 teams
United States Online, us
  FROYO
  Ascent
Sep 24 - Dec 13, 2017
$14,000
9 teams
United States Online, us
  FROYO
Jun 4 - Aug 31, 2017
$14,000
9 teams
United States Online, us
  FROYO
  Ascent
Jan 30 - Apr 27, 2017
$14,000
8 teams
United States Online, us
  FROYO
  EVL
Sep 12 - Dec 6, 2016
$14,000
8 teams
United States Online, us
  FROYO
  EVL
May 25 - Aug 28, 2016
$14,000
9 teams
United States Online, us
  FROYO
  RONIN
Jan 21 - Apr 26, 2016
$14,000
9 teams
United States Online, us
  FROYO
  RONIN
Sep 3 - Dec 16, 2015
$14,180
9 teams
United States Online, us
  Ascent
  20b
Apr 30 - Jul 19, 2015
$14,180
9 teams
United States Online, us
  FROYO
  Ascent
Apr 18 - 19, 2015
$14,180
4 teams
United States Dallas, United States
  FROYO
  eLv
Dec 6 - 7, 2014
$14,180
4 teams
United States Dallas, United States
  FROYO
  eLv
Jun 28 - 29, 2014
$14,180
4 teams
United States Dallas, United States
  FROYO
  mix^
Jan 18 - 19, 2014
$14,180
4 teams
United States Dallas, United States
  mix^
  iT
Aug 17 - 18, 2013
$13,140
4 teams
United States Dallas, United States
  HRG
  mix^
Apr 20 - 21, 2013
$10,080
4 teams
United States Dallas, United States
  HRG
  mix^
Nov 17 - 18, 2012
$10,080
4 teams
United States Dallas, United States
  mix^
  LG
Jun 30 - Jul 1, 2012
$10,080
4 teams
United States Dallas, United States
  LG
  mix^
Mar 3 - 4, 2012
$10,080
4 teams
United States Dallas, United States
  mix^
  qXg
Sep 24 - 25, 2011
$5,250
4 teams
United States Dallas, United States
  mix^
Apr 30 - May 1, 2011
$5,250
4 teams
United States Dallas, United States
  x6
  eMg
Nov 20 - 21, 2010
$4,500
4 teams
United States Dallas, United States
  eMg
  coL
Jul 17 - 18, 2010
$4,250
4 teams
United States Dallas, United States
Mar 12 - 14, 2010
$3,000
4 teams
United States Dallas, United States
  coL
  Blight
Aug 10 - Nov 16, 2009
$2,800
8 teams
United States Online, us
  Loaded
  EG
May 4 - Aug 2, 2009
$3,850
8 teams
United States Online, us
  [20ID]
  ex

Intermediate/Open Division[edit]

S     Tournament
Date
Prize
P#
Location
Winner
Runner-up
Jan 8 - Apr 4, 2019
$1,200
17 teams
United States Online, us
  DUNK
Sep 11 - Dec 12, 2018
$1,200
21 teams
United States Online, us
  SS
  H3NTAI
May 21 - Aug 16, 2018
$2,750
21 teams
United States Online, us
  RAD
  faint-
Jun 4 - Aug 31, 2017
$2,250
49 teams
United States Online, us
  Muscle
Jan 30 - Apr 27, 2017
$3,000
20 teams
United States Online, us
  8K
Jan 21 - Apr 27, 2016
$3,000
21 teams
United States Online, us
  dog1
Sep 3 - Dec 16, 2015
$1,500
17 teams
United States Online, us
  LIPS-
  pizzaG
Jan 6 - Apr 19, 2015
$1,500
16 teams
United States Online, us
  cafe
  HBS
Oct 15 - Dec 12, 2013
$1,200
16 teams
Europe Online, Europe
  Epsi
  cause.
Nov 29 - Apr 21, 2013
$1,500
21 teams
United States Online, us
  MM
  R5