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ESL announces Pro Tour CSGO changes, 2022 live events and new names for DreamHack Open and ESEA Premier tournaments

CSGO fans in the UK may be interested to learn that ESL Gaming has made a bunch of big structural changes for the ESL Pro Tour in 2022. The ESL Pro Tour CSGO 2022 will feature more than 25 competitions, including some live events with fans planned to return in person. These include flagship tournaments Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) Katowice and IEM Cologne. “ESL are preparing to welcome back the community to in-person competitions in line with the very latest health guidance and safety precautions,” read a press release. Continue reading ESL announces Pro Tour CSGO changes, 2022 live events…

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Riot Games announce NLC ‘multi-division league ecosystem’ for European League of Legends from 2022, Freaks 4U Gaming to take over Northern European ERL region from DreamHack (ESL) and Telia

Following the announcement earlier this week that Riot Games’ restructuring of European League of Legends had led to the postponement of NLC and UKLC Promotion and Relegation tournaments, Riot has announced more changes to European LoL. From 2022, Freaks 4U Gaming will take over the Northern European ERL (European Regional Leagues) region from DreamHack/ESL and Telia, and will implement a ‘multi-division league ecosystem’ that is ‘open to all’, similar to the League of Legends Prime League in the DACH region. Continue reading Riot Games announce NLC ‘multi-division league ecosystem’ for European League of Legends from 2022, Freaks 4U Gaming to…

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Blast win a trio of trophies at new UK-based esports business awards show GameFace

Esports tournament organiser Blast won a hat trick of trophies at the inaugural GameFace Awards ceremony last week, which was held online. GameFace is a new business-oriented esports awards show, aiming to ‘make heroes out of the people behind esports organisations and to connect them to global brands’. The ceremony celebrated everything from the best social media and internal events teams to the best partnership activations and tournament experiences. Blast took home trophies for Best Internal Social Media Team, Best Live Event Production and Best Partnership Activation for its work with watch brand TW Steel. Continue reading Blast win a…

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Valorant UK & Ireland Skirmish announced as Intel extends sponsorship with ESL Prem

A one-off UK & Ireland Valorant tournament has been announced, which will be operated under the ESL Premiership banner. The Valorant UK&I Skirmish – Powered by Intel, will see the first instance of organised Valorant play for the local ESL UK office. It will include open qualifiers and an eight-team round robin group stage, which will see two groups compete to qualify for position in the playoffs. On Saturday June 26th, qualified teams will begin their bracket run to be crowned champions and lay claim to the £10,000 prize pool. Continue reading Valorant UK & Ireland Skirmish announced as Intel…

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Esports firm ESL ‘on standby’ for more banter after being mistaken for football’s European Super League: “It was such a surprise for our social media team!”

The so-called European Super League has dominated headlines and conversations across the world this week – and given ESL’s social media team an unexpected headache in the process. The proposed breakaway football league was to adopt a US-style franchise model with 20 clubs across Europe taking part, including English Premier League sides Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man United and Man City, but plans for the league are up in the air after clubs dropped out following fan backlash. Continue reading Esports firm ESL ‘on standby’ for more banter after being mistaken for football’s European Super League: “It was such a…