ESL Pro League Returns In September For Its 12th Season
After months of hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ESL Pro League returns this September with an even bigger tournament and a more prestigious lineup of international teams. For its 12th season, the league hosts an offline-setting tournament with 24 teams from Europe, North America, Asia, Oceania, and South America.
ESL Pro League Season 12 may be one of the longest CS:GO tournaments this season. It features invited and qualified teams from different regions who will battle for the title and the lion’s share of the prize pool for 4-week long. Of course, this is good news for CS:GO betting sites. This means more CS:GO events to display for betting enthusiasts from all over the globe.
The tournament takes place in a studio environment with the originally announced format starting September 2. The structure features round-robin group stages, play-in stage, playoffs, and grand final.
ESL Pro League 12 features 24 teams in the official tournament, but there’s a special qualifier and one ESEA minor tournament for teams who weren’t directly invited to the game. 13 of the invited teams are ESL’s permanent partners under the ‘Louvre Agreement’. The agreement offers long-term league slots for teams and revenue and profit sharing for franchises in ESL Pro Tour competitions.
Direct invites, meanwhile, have been handed out to three teams from Brazil and Australia. These teams had impressive tournament records from ESL’s previous tournaments, hence the invite.
BOOM (From ESEA Premier Season 32)
Renegades (From ESL Pro League Season 10)
Sharks (From ESL Pro League Season 10)
For the special qualifiers, 29 teams compete for six spots in the official tournament. Europe has two slots, while all other regions have one slot each. The final two teams completing the 24-team lineup will be the victors of the upcoming ESEA Mountain Dew League.
The list of participating teams from ESEA’s minor tournament has yet to be revealed, but Europe, North/South America, Oceania, and Asia have confirmed their participants for the special qualifiers.