Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the safety rules that followed it, The ESL Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Pro League season 12 is going online.
In addition, the government of Malta accepted to host any ESL Pro League tournaments in 2021. Despite the fact that the last ESL season went online, Malta’s government still wanted this business relationship to continue.
ESL Pro League Season 12
This next season will happen across five different regions, including South America, Asia, Oceania, North America, and Europe. For the prize pool, Europe has the biggest one with $450 thousand, followed by North America with $225 thousand. The remaining regions will fight for $25 thousand each.
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Starting on September 1 and ending on October 6, some of the best CS:GO teams out there will compete to win one of the most prestigious tournaments of the season. Among teams that already announced their participation are Europe’s G2, Na’Vi, Vitality, OG, BIG, OG, Astralis, Fnatic, mousesports, NiP, Heroic, FaZe, and more.
For North America, three teams are still unknown but Team Liquid, Evil Geniuses, FURIA, 100 Thieves, and Triumph are participating.
Malta 2020 Online
The government of Malta and the ESL extended its partnership agreement to 2021. Even though this season will be held online, there are some hopes that 2021 will be the year to return to in-arena tournaments.
This “aims to strengthen the industry in Malta across all levels of the zero to hero pyramid of ESL,” said the tournament organizer.
Furthermore, there should only be 24 total teams that will be competing in 2021. It was the wish of the organizers to reduce the number of teams for the previous iteration. However, going online necessitated many sacrifices with among them the number of teams.
in 2021, Thirteen spots are already reserved to squads possessing an agreement with the ESL. As a result, only 9 spots will be available for other teams.
The ESL has found a reliable partner to organize its tournaments with. In addition to taking care of the online play happening now, this partnership is already focused on the future. Thinking that 2021 will be the return of physical plays is risky but planning that far ahead is required to survive in this industry.
Written by Charles FUSTER