ESL has partnered with DreamHack to create the ESL Pro Tour, a $5 million global circuit which unifies all of their existing tournaments under one umbrella.
This means the likes of ESL One, Intel Extreme Masters, ESL Pro League, DreamHack Open and DreamHack Masters will all be part of the same circuit. Teams will earn points throughout the tour, with the ultimate aim of qualifying for the two Masters Championships: IEM Katowice and ESL One Cologne.
Speaking of which, the ESL Pro Tour will be divided into three levels: Open, Challenger and Masters. Open tournaments will play host to top amateur teams looking to break into the next tier, while Challenger tournaments are designed for highly competitive teams aspiring to play on the Masters level.
Finally, Masters tournaments are pinnacle events which offer big prize money, take place in larger arenas and are designed for the world’s very best teams to compete at the highest level.
Ralf Reichert, CEO at ESL offered an insight into the company’s decision behind the new Pro Tour:
“This partnership between ESL and DreamHack will give youths a clearer and more complete path to becoming somebody and a structure that is more welcoming and digestible for new esports fans.”
Essentially, the Pro Tour will make it much easier to follow the multitude of CS:GO tournaments which take place over the year. It’s currently a confusing circuit even for the most hardened of CS:GO esports fans, so the new Pro Tour is sure to be welcome news for the community.
More Pro Tour news is scheduled to be announced on September 28th live at ESL One New York 2019. Keep an eye on the site for all the latest.