After almost two years, the ESL pro league has chosen to return to the US, with Denver being the chosen location for CS: GO Pro League. According to the tournament organizers, the finals will start from 10th to 12th April after four weeks of group stage battles in March and April. Finally, the top six teams will go head to head against each other in Denver, Colorado at the 1st Bank.
In the upcoming season 11, the ESL will be introducing a brand new format for the CS: GO Pro League starting on 16th March. The organizers plan to move away from the old recognized model in favour of the all-LAN competition consisting of only one global league. Another radical change in the format is cutting down the number of league teams by half, leaving only 24 teams to battle it out for the $750,000 prize pool.
The ESL regular season will be staged in a European live studio for four weeks, divided into four groups with six teams each in a round-robin group stage. As a result, the group winners will battle for a direct slot in the semi-finals and round 3. However, the second and third teams in each group will go against each other in a single elimination round. That will include a meeting with the group winners in their path. The games will offer great opportunities for punters to bet through the Betway88 app and make a profit while enjoying solid odds.
Besides offering great wagering opportunities for Betway88 punters, the games will offer great entertainment to e-sports enthusiasts. Starting with round 3, the matches will be staged in the same arena as the BO5 grand finals. Even better, teams will have the chance to get Pro Tour points to book a spot for the ESL One Cologne, a master championship to be staged later in the year with a $1,000,000 prize pool.
The newly transformed league is centred around partner teams that have been selected by the ESL to sign a long-term contract giving them invitations to every EPL season. The deal also gives them a key role in the strategic decision-making process. As such, the 13 teams linked with the Louvre Agreement will become the major stakeholders in regards to the total revenue generated by all ESL tournaments in the Pro Tour.
According to the ESL chief product officer Sebastian Weishaar, the Louvre Agreement is a vote of confidence by the world’s top teams and their players. As such, it will develop a platform focused on creating growth and stability without sacrificing the ability for players or new teams to rise to the top. This agreement was signed by several teams, including Complexity, Astralis, Evil Geniuses, ENCE, Fnatic, FaZe Clan, Mousesports, G2, Natus Vincere, Team Liquid, Ninjas in Pyjamas, 100 Thieves and Vitality.
Since the deal guarantees the 13 teams immunity from relegation, the rest of the teams in the leagues will need to prove their worth every season through regional qualifiers or in the Mountain Dew League. The teams that have already earned a spot for season 11 include Heroic, TYloo, Furia, OG, Godsent, Boom, ForZe, Virtus Pro, Sharks, North and Renegades.