ESL and DreamHack, both included in the portfolio of the Teutonic giant MTG, announced today the birth of a completely new competitive circuit: the ESL Pro Tour. A circuit that will connect, all over the world, over twenty CS: GO tournaments and championships.
ESL states that the Pro Tour will have a total prize pool of over 5 million dollars for 2020 and will include events organized on different continents. This, as stated, will be the largest and most profitable circuit in the history of Counter Strike.
The Counter Strike ESL Pro Tour will have a pyramid structure and will combine multiple ESL and DreamHack tournaments divided into two distinct divisions: Challenger (the lowest) and Master (the highest).
The next step, the pinnacle of the pyramid, will be the two legendary annual events: the Katowice IEM and the Cologne ESL One. The “Challenger” range will include events such as the DreamHack Open, the Mountain Dew League and the ESL Championship, and will be used as a springboard for the ambitious formations that will want to attempt the jump to the Master. The teams in both categories will receive points ” ESL Pro Tour” Useful for qualifying in the band or in major tournaments.
The collaboration between ESL and DreamHack, in short, aims to create a “more complete” path (or, as it is good to say: ” from zero to hero“) for aspiring professional players and a more transparent structure for old and new fans.
The Master category will consist, in large part, of the most important tournaments in the world, those to be understood with 250,000 Dollars (or more) in prize pools and, of course, the best teams in the competitive landscape, such as the Intel Extreme Masters, the DreamHack Masters and the ESL CS: GO Pro League.
The new circuit will be able to attract new players and above all, new audience? We hope so, because CS: GO, besides being a complete discipline, remains today one of the eSport worthy of the name.
Introducing the ESL Pro Tour, a partnership with @DreamHack connecting 20+ competitions into 1 circuit.
— ESL UK (@ESLUK) September 3, 2019