ESL and DreamHack this week unveiled plans for the 2020 ESL Pro Tour season. The CS:GO event organisers revealed plans for next year’s season that will feature more than 20 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournaments and a total prize-pool exceeding $5 million USD.
ESL and DreamHack unveiled major plans last Tuesday for next year’s 2020 ESL Pro Tour. This upcoming season will be THE biggest in CS:GO history, if ESL’s plans come to fuition. It is their intention that the ESL Pro Tour for 2020 will feature more than 20 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournaments, with a combined total prize pool that will exceed $5 million USD.
In a press statement released by ESL, they confirmed that the ESL Pro Tour 2020 competitions will be split into three tiers.Open, Challenger and Masters tiers. In total, ESL confirmed there will be eight Challenger events and ten Masters events, which will include two championships. The two championship will be the IEM Katowice in Poland held in February and the ESL One Cologne held in Germany in July each year.
Similar to this year’s ESL Pro Tour, spots at the two Masters championships will have to be earned by teams, based on a circuit ranking stemming from points gathered at other ESL Pro Tour events.
According to ESL CEO Ralf Reichert, “ESL’s growth in recent years has led us to rethink what we are doing … We have built some of the world’s most impressive esports tournaments, and it was the time to connect the dots where the outcome is a bigger picture that fits better with our vision for esports.”
It was confirmed on the ESL website later that the new structure will have a more integrated and straight-forward path from ‘zero to hero’ for aspiring CS:GO players. It is their hope that this new format will be more engaging for existing CS:GO fans and hopefully bring a more compelling story to follow and a much more transparent structure for new Esports fans.
ESL announced that more details will be released on the 28th of September at the ESL One New York.
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