The longest running professional CS:GO league will be having a new format this 2019.
It only gets better from here.
ESL and WESA introduces a brand new format for its 9th season featuring live studio matches, groups system and an increase to 16 teams in the regions Europe, Americas and Asia-Pacific.
Three separate regions
Starting this April 12, 2019, the three regions (Europe, Americas and Asia-Pacific) will compete in four groups of fours teams, with seeding depending on ESL’s CS:GO World Ranking.
Asia-Pacific group matches will remain online for now. Meanwhile, the ESL studio in Leicester, United Kingdom and an additional studio in the United States will be the offline event venue for group matches in Europe and America.
The confirmed slots per region are as follows:
- Europe: 4 groups from Europe
- Americas: 3 groups from North America, 1 group from Latin America
- Asia-Pacific: 2 groups from Australia/New Zealand, 1 group from Greater China, 1 group from Southeast Asia
Only the winners of the European and American groups will receive a direct spot in the season finals that are played in front of a live audience. Teams that finished second and third in their groups will proceed to the second round of group stage. Within the Asia-Pacific region, winners and runner-ups will be able to secure one of the second group stage slots.
“The CS:GO Pro League will return with a brand new format featuring live studio matches in Europe and North America, offering more teams the chance to earn one of the coveted spots in the toughest CS:GO league to date,” said Ulrich Schulze, Senior Vice President at ESL. “We want to provide players, teams and the passionate CS:GO fans all around the world with the best possible experience esports at its purest.”
Here's to a more competitive CS:GO esports scene!