Registration for Electronic Sports European Championship 2014 has been concluded, resulting in 41 countries looking to participate in this year's battle of the nations.
ESEC 2013 saw Denmark triumph over France 3-1 at the LAN Finals, while Sweden and Kazakhstan finished in 3rd-4th places. The start of the new season once again organized by E-Frag.net is slowly closing in, and the signup phase is now finished.
Who will lift the trophy this year?
Three new countries will be represented compared to last year - Faroe Islands, Malta and Cyprus, while Switzerland, Luxembourg, Armenia and Andorra have not registered this time.
The usual suspects are all there, Sweden, Denmark, France, Germany, Poland and Russia, some with new captains, some with their old ones.
For instance Sweden will this year be led by fnatic's Markus "pronax" Wallsten, as Richard "Xizt" Landström didn't take on the responsibility again, while Denmark and France will see Jacob "Pimp" Winneche and Titan's manager Jérôme "NiaK" Sudries, respectively, reprise their roles that led their countries to the LAN Finals.
Here is the full list of participating countries and their captains:
|Denmark (Pimp)||France (NiaK)|
|Sweden (pronax)||Poland (Neo)|
|Russia (hooch)||Ukraine (s1mple)|
|Germany (nooky)||Spain (MusambaN1)|
| Netherlands (chrisJ)
|| Norway (vEndetta)
| Kazakhstan (rafa)
|| Finland (allu)
| Serbia (k1Ng0r)
|| United Kingdom (weber)
|Portugal (fox)||Belgium (Ex6TenZ)|
|Slovakia (GuardiaN)||Hungary (FLASH)|
|Estonia (nuga)||Romania (CRAZY)|
|Czech Republic (KAPARZO)||Italy (kIMERA)|
|Bosnia & Herzegovina (NiKolinho)||Bulgaria (spyleadeR)|
|Turkey (marqnue)||Austria (FLH)|
|Greece (tsack)||Belarus (Flex)|
|Ireland (NeiL_M)||Croatia (anakintm)|
|Latvia (blody)||Lithuania (drg)|
|Macedonia (kalaN)||Israel (fracsteR)|
|Montenegro (ZEEERYX)||Slovenia (n1nnx)|
|Iceland (kruzer)||Moldova (JUMPERJkE)|
|Malta (sixOku)||Faroe Islands (wreckz)|
The captains now have a little over two weeks, until July 30th, to determine their 10-man rosters which we will keep you posted about one country at a time, as well as all other relevant info about the European Championship 2014.