Intel® Grand Slam Season 3 starts at IEM Chicago

With the commencement of a new race to $1,000,000, we are updating the conditions of completing the award.

 

Play your way to the FIFA 19 Cologne Cup 2019 at gamescom!

The FIFA 19 Cologne Cup 2019 presented by PlayStation® is a global professional FIFA 19 tournament hosted by Sony Interactive Entertainment.

 

Team Liquid conquer ESL One Cologne, seal $1,000,000 Intel® Grand Slam in record time

The North American roster made their current status as the no. 1 CS:GO team on the planet count at the Cathedral of Counter-Strike with a convincing victory at the LANXESS Arena.

 

Pro League returns to Denmark for Season 10 Finals

The longest-running CS:GO league in the professional circuit celebrates its tenth anniversary returning to Odense, Denmark!

Mobile gamer? The future of gaming is open to everyone with Vodafone 5G ESL Mobile Open

Introducing the first international competitive mobile esports circuit. PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9 players from different continents will have the chance to fight their way to the top in an open environment where everybody can be somebody. All players, from all skill levels, are welcome to participate!

The Peaking Pioneers: ESL Pro League Season 3

The ESL Pro League Season 3 Finals saw the Bold Brazilians Luminosity Gaming earn their first ESL Pro League title in our marquee studios during mid 2016. Bolstering their impact on the professional scene, the Brazilians went on to cement themselves as the No. 1 team in the world with their fairytale storyline.

 

The Tidal Wave of Terror: ESL Pro League Season 2

Swedish sensations FNATIC ushered in their second ESL Pro League championship in Season 2 on the colourful shores of California. The ESL Pro League Season 2 Finals exhibited the best four teams from the European and North American regions in December of 2015.

ESL’s “Gaming for Good” Initiative Will Donate A Portion of Intel® Extreme Masters Chicago Ticket Sales To Gamers Outreach

We are proud to announce that we’ve entered a partnership with Gamers Outreach, a charity organization providing gaming equipment, technology, and software to help children and teenagers cope with treatments in hospitals, as part of ESL’s new “Gaming for Good” initiative.

Amid the Fnatic Era: ESL Pro League Season 1

Our old school ESL Studio saw FNATIC hoist the Swedish flag at the inaugural ESL Pro League Finals held in Cologne, Germany. The first season of the ESL Pro League Finals witnessed four elite teams from both Europe and North America compete over four days and concluded with FNATIC subduing a vintage Cloud9 roster to lift the trophy.

 

All-New Look & Feel Premiered at ESL One Cologne

ESL One Cologne will feature an all-new look and feel. Together with you, the fans, we were the first ones to bring esports to big sport stadiums in 2014. Today, esports is a global phenomenon featuring stadium events all around the globe. It connects fans and players from all over the world through their shared passion. It was you - the players, the fans and creators, the community - that built those events and shaped the esports community to what it is today.

Team Liquid and ENCE, a clash of squads on the rise

The first challengers for the Transatlantic Showdown are here: Team Liquid and ENCE. What does each of these top-tier rosters bring to the IEM Chicago 2019 mix? Read on for Duncan “Thorin” Shields’ breakdown of our first two invites!

 

Europe - the Center of Counter-Strike

Europe has been the home of Counter-Strike excellence since the franchise began and CS:GO has not broken that habit despite the emergence of some truly legendary Brazilian line-ups and the occasional elite North American side.

 

Team Liquid break their silver medal curse to win IEM Sydney 2019

IEM Sydney 2019 marked Team Liquid’s first premier event win of the year, ending their plague of over ten second place finishes.

 

ESL One New York Powered by Intel® Returns to the Big Apple with Multiple Championship Tournaments

Barclays Center will host ESL One New York’s $200,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Tournament, ESL Mobile Open Finals, and MSI Gaming Arena on September 28-29, 2019.

 

The end of an era in stats, farewell Go4SC2!

After 9 years the Go4SC2 - the longest running series of online cups ever hosted for StarCraft II - comes to an end. As a small thank you to the community, we've collected the most relevant numbers our beloved cup left behind.

 

The Rise of North American Counter-Strike

North American CS:GO has never been stronger than it is in this moment.  Team Liquid is one of the world's elite teams and arguably the most skilled line-up in professional play, routinely making top placings at the biggest international tournaments and dangerous for every top team out there in the field.  NRG have come off a year of progressively improving and becoming more than just also-rans, developing instead into a legitimately good global side. Finally, 15 months or so ago Cloud9 lifted the first major in CS:GO history for the region.

ESL and MSI extend partnership for ESL One Powered by Intel® events

We are proud to announce our partnership extension with MSI, which designates them as the Official Gaming Partner for three upcoming ESL One Powered by Intel® events in 2019, including ESL One Birmingham and ESL One Cologne.

 

Chipotle, ESL and DreamHack partner up to launch Challenger Series

Chipotle to give fans across the United States a taste of esports glory.

 

The Katowice Recap

Players and teams from around the world competed in a variety of games at the prestigious Spodek Arena in Katowice, Poland for a total prize pool of $2.5 million. Over 174,000 fans came to enjoy Dota 2, CS:GO, StarCraft 2, Fortnite and other games, as well as the world’s largest esports-themed trade show, the IEM Expo.

"Games have always been a part of my life": Meet IEM Katowice performer August Wilhelmson

We love Music. And we love Games! That's why we want to find and support artists that can give you the perfect for your gaming experience. Artists that give you all the chills, all the feels and all the HYPE! This time we introduce August Wilhelmsson.

ESL and AT&T introduce the Mobile Open, featuring Asphalt 9: Legends, Clash of Clans, and PUBG MOBILE

Prepare your charging cables and break out your phones because there’s a new way to play in the competitive mobile gaming space.

 

"I often play LoL when I take a break from music": Meet IEM Katowice soundtrack artist Levianth

We love Music. And we love Games! That's why we want to find and support artists that can give you the perfect for your gaming experience. Artists that give you all the chills, all the feels and all the HYPE!  This time we introduce Levianth.

"Gaming started with Pokémon for me": meet IEM Katowice soundtrack artist Axollo

We love Music. And we love Games! That's why we want to find and support artists that can give you the perfect sound for your gaming experience. Artists that give you all the chills, all the feels and all the HYPE! This time we introduce Axollo.

ESL and Big Ten Network partner for third BTN League of Legends Esports Competition

Matches begin on Feb. 16, and culminate in the BTN League of Legends Championship Tournament, beginning on March 28.

Clash of Clans World Championship kicks off with $1 million prize pool

We’ve partnered up with Finnish developer Supercell to host the Clash of Clans World Championship starting March 2019!

ESL extends long-term partnership with paysafecard

Online prepaid payment market leader paysafecard extends esports engagement.

Intel and ESL extend partnership to invest $100 million in esports

It will be the largest brand and tech partnership in esports history

Team Liquid riding wave of momentum to no. 1 World Ranking

Team Liquid recently toppled Astralis to achieve the status of the no. 1 ranked CS:GO team. After claiming a trophy at both IEM Sydney & DreamHack Dallas this year, the Americans look to continue snowballing their lead as we near the ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals in Montpellier, Occitanie. Can they keep riding this wave of momentum? Let’s crunch the numbers behind their meteoric rise to find out.

The Frenetic Array of France

G2 will fly the French Tricolore at the ESL Pro League Finals in Montpellier, Occitanie, while Team Vitality will drop by for a special meeting with the local CS fan scene. Both squads represent the best their country has to offer at the moment, but can they bring France back into the game's avant-garde?

Euronics becomes Official Partner to ESL

We are proud to announce a landmark sponsorship deal with Euronics International, the leading retail group in electrical goods.

 

Team Liquid and ENCE, a clash of squads on the rise

The first challengers for the Transatlantic Showdown are here: Team Liquid and ENCE. What does each of these top-tier rosters bring to the IEM Chicago 2019 mix? Read on for Duncan “Thorin” Shields’ breakdown of our first two invites!

 

On the horizon: Contenders for the ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals

After a hard-fought regular season, which saw 48 teams across three regions fight for a spot in the EPL S9 Finals in France, we have our qualifiers. Who will take home the lion's share of the  $750,000 USD prize pool & award themselves an Intel® Grand Slam contribution victory? Read on for our full analysis of the field.

Keen Gaming win India's first major Dota 2 tournament; ESL One Mumbai

Fans gathered at the NSCI Dome in Mumbai to watch 8 teams from around the world compete for $300,000 at India’s first major Dota 2 event.

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A farewell from the SC2 Go4 Series gods

After more than nine years of intense Starcraft II action, we are sad to announce that our weekly online cups on ESL Play open to the entire community will see their last matches on April 28. Meet the players that left their mark!

 

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Still stalling your esports career?

Starting a career in esports can be intimidating. Putting things on hold in order to focus on esports, or devoting all of your time to your passion can and will attract criticism from others; even from people within gaming. Nonetheless, focusing on your professional gaming career has its perks and the abundance of tournaments happening makes it easier than ever.