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ESL expands its North American footprint with the acquisition of the ESEA platform

Johannes Schiefer
Director of Branding & Publishing
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ESL is pleased to announce its acquisition of the ESEA platform, home of the world’s largest competitive CS:GO community as well as the world’s leading Counter-Strike anti-cheat technology. Building on the success of the joint US$500,000 ESL ESEA Pro League, currently in its second season, the purchase allows ESL to expand its North American presence and to continue its campaign to provide the highest level of competitive integrity across its many global competitions.

"It's no secret that esports is booming, and this was a necessary step in order for ESEA to remain relevant as larger companies enter the gaming landscape. In choosing ESL, both a long-time partner and one of the founding companies of esports, I'm confident that ESEA will be in good hands for years to come.

ESEA has been an incredibly fun ride. I'm immensely proud of both what we've built over the past twelve years, as well as the extremely loyal and close-knit community that's grown up with us along the way - your support did not go unnoticed."

- Eric Thunberg, ESEA co-founder and CEO

"Counter-Strike is one of the fastest growing esports games with a rich history in ESL and one whose competitive scene we want to continue to support and grow. Bringing the world’s best anti-cheat technology under the ESL roof will allow us to continue driving the charge in regards to integrity in esports as the industry continues to grow and expand in complexity.

ESEA will continue as an independent entity under the ESL roof while enjoying the access to all of ESL’s products and services. Members can expect a continuation of the great services they are used to as both the ESEA brand name and community will continue in their existing form.

We are especially excited for what the future holds for North America, where the recent expansion of our Burbank studio and the addition of the ESEA platform and team puts us in a great position to do amazing things."

- Jens Hilgers, co-founder of ESL

The move will not affect the ESEA brand or community, with the current team continuing to drive the operation. Working with ESL, a key area of focus for the team will be an increased investment into the development of industry-leading anti-cheat tools and tournament systems, which will help drive esports competitions around the globe.