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GAMES 15 teams up with ESL to launch $250,000 ESL ESEA Pro League Invitational in Dubai

Ella McConnell
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We’re incredibly excited to announce that the ESL ESEA Pro League is coming to Dubai as part of GAMES 15! The ESL ESEA Pro League Invitational will see six of the world’s best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams fight it out for a US$250,000 prize pool as part of the GAMES 15 festival, the region’s largest gaming event.

About GAMES 15

GAMES 15 is the Middle East’s premier gaming event. Running from the 10th to the 12th of September at the world-renowned Dubai International Marina Club, GAMES 15 is a celebration of all things gaming that includes a festival, early access expo and workshops conducted by gaming industry experts. The event will be closed on Saturday with Video Games Live - an immersive concert experience featuring music from some of the most popular video games of all time.

Organized by the team behind Middle East Film and Comic Con, Extra Cake and The Middle East Gaming Alliance, the event is also supported by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), with executive director of the Dubai Events and Conventions Bureau Hamad Mohammed Bin Mejren having said the following about the event:

“Dubai’s year-round calendar of events continues to grow in both its size as well as its diversity thanks to events such as GAMES 15. As a young vibrant city, we continuously seek to reflect the very best of both local and international culture, entertainment and innovation through all Dubai events and GAMES 15 is no exception.”

More activities and special guests will be being announced by the DTCM in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

The ESL ESEA Pro League Invitational

The ESL ESEA Pro League is one of the largest international Counter-Strike Global Offensive tournament series in the world, with the event at GAMES 15 to showcase some of the game’s most talented players in a pre-season invitational before the kick-off of season two.

The six top teams who’ll be fighting for the massive quarter of a million dollar prize pool are:

  • Fnatic
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • Natus Vincere
  • Virtus.Pro
  • Team ENVYUS
  • Cloud9

Patrik Sättermon, COO of Fnatic, the winner of season one of the ESL ESEA Pro League, said of the upcoming event:

“We are with excitement looking forward to the next season of ESL ESEA Pro League and we sincerely welcome Dubai as the host city of the kick-off event considering its historical significance for Fnatic and Counter-Strike."

Ulrich Schulze, VP of Pro Gaming at ESL, said of the Invitational:

“We’ve got some of the best on-air talent in the world, we’ve definitely got the best teams, and on top of that we’ve got an amazing city to host our competition. Dubai has hosted incredible Counter-Strike events in the past, and we are excited to go back and bring esports to a stage unlike any other.”

With Joe Miller, Lauren “Pansy” Scott and Leigh “Deman” Smith on hand to bring you all the action in Dubai, the ESL ESEA Pro League Invitational is an event not to be missed!

Tune in here!

For the latest about the event, head over the ESL ESEA Pro League homepage. For more information about GAMES 15, check out the official website.