ESL Pro League with $1.5 million

MIRAA
January 18th, 2016 18:00

ESL has announced that $1,5 million will be given away in 2016 across two seasons of the ESL Pro League.

After hosting two Pro League seasons in 2015 with $1 million split evenly between them, ESL has announced a 50 per cent increase in prize money for 2016, in which ESEA will no longer feature as a title sponsor.

The third season of the ESL Pro League will kick off on February 9, featuring 24 of the best teams in the world. With offline finals at an undisclosed location scheduled for May, this season will pay out $750,000 to the teams competing in the European and in the North American divisions.


ESL Pro League will be much bigger in 2016 

In announcing the new Pro League season, ESL stated that it aims to bring the competition to "larger offline crowds", adding that it is also working on television broadcasts, in a bid to compete with the $2.4 million E-League, hosted by Turner and WME | IMG.

"The ESL Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Pro League is levelling up this year: we’ll be working on enabling larger offline crowds to follow the action as players battle in matches that could define the rest of their lives,” ESL Vice-president for Pro Gaming Ulrich Schulze said in a statement.

"But it’s not just offline audiences we’re aiming for – television broadcasts, a higher standard of online production, a continued emphasis on competitive integrity – these are just some of the things you will see this year."

The ESL Pro League will run alongside other offline events that will be hosted by the German company this year, which include IEM Katowice and ESL One Cologne.

Below you can find the team list for ESL Pro League Season 3:

Europe North America
Sweden fnatic Brazil Luminosity
CIS Na`Vi United States Liquid
France EnVyUs United States CLG
Denmark Astralis Canada OpTic Gaming
France ex-Titan United States compLexity
Denmark dignitas United States Cloud9
Sweden NiP United States SPLYCE
Germany mousesports United States Enemy
Poland Virtus.pro Canada Sponsorless
Denmark SK United States NRG
Ukraine FlipSid3 United States Winterfox
Europe FaZe Australia Renegades

fnatic are the reigning Pro League champions after winning the Season 2 offline finals, which took place last month in Burbank. By winning the event, the Swedish giants managed to defend their title from the first season, whose offline finals were held in Cologne.

NICE
2016-01-18 18:03
#56
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Sweden JQ1336 
ok i guess
2016-01-18 18:12
#92
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Poland enterq18 
HOLLY FAK
2016-01-18 18:25
wow
2016-01-18 18:30
TBA GONNA BE ENCE, ENCE EZ WIN
2016-01-18 18:33
TBA = G2 + Renegades
2016-01-18 20:39
cheer! bill gates gaming!
2016-01-18 18:33
Wow Joe u got first I'm proud of u
2016-01-18 18:47
thx Dan it is one of the biggest achievements of my hltv career
2016-01-18 18:49
no
2016-01-18 18:03
a bunch of shit NA teams instead of PENTA/HR gj ESL
2016-01-18 18:40
Almost all of the NA teams listed could beat Penta. If Penta or HR want in, they need to win more and qualify.
2016-01-18 18:50
i should stop triggering dumb burgers
2016-01-18 18:50
If you stopped making stupid comments, you wouldn't have anything to worry about.
2016-01-18 18:52
Please my friend, he is only German, such destruction is not needed :(
2016-01-18 18:58
It wouldn't be the first time America beat Germany
2016-01-19 14:15
you could just not post, wont have to worry about people making any kind of replies :/
2016-01-18 19:01
and another one
2016-01-18 19:01
:?
2016-01-18 19:16
but he is right, penta/hr are one level above of few american teams(sponsorless, splyce, ex-method). Should be 14 EU teams, 2 Asia teams and 8 NA/SA teams(or 12 EU/2 Asia/3SA 4NA).
2016-01-19 00:36
Now what you said about removing NA spots and giving them to SA and Oceania and Asia is fine. Adding more EU spots, however, is dumb because penta and HR are about NA level. There is no point in adding more spots so that teams that have even less of a chance get into EPL. Why have more EU spots if the teams added aren't(LIKELY) going to do anything? Now you could say "What's NA gonna do?" Well look at the first EEPL finals. If it happened before, it can happen again.
2016-01-19 14:35
the burger is right tho. penta and hr are tier3 team how would get beaten by all the na trash
2016-01-18 19:26
50 per cent
2016-01-19 06:35
PENTA K LMAO.
2016-01-18 19:05
tbh PENTA would probably be premier in NA aswell
2016-01-18 19:20
Penta ... lol are you serious?!
2016-01-18 22:56
lol penta is complete shit
2016-01-19 06:17
lol Penta, totally irrelevant team. Got to show more if you want to compete in EU.
2016-01-19 11:20
#4
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Iceland fatboislim 
wow
2016-01-18 18:03
#5
United States enrgy 
nice!
2016-01-18 18:03
#6
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Germany Pollsbruder 
u w8 m8
2016-01-18 18:03
#7
forsaken | 
Singapore D1v1ne 
People starting to understand that the CSGO dream is real.
2016-01-18 18:03
This is when CSGO starts being taken more seriously ^^ yeey
2016-01-18 21:46
Or it becomes even bigger joke. Online matches decided by angry 10yo bet addicts DDOSing while millions on the line and matches delayed 5hours constantly etc. :DASD
2016-01-18 22:23
can be :D gotta hope security on servers gets better :D
2016-01-18 22:24
OMFG SO GOOD
2016-01-18 18:03
HYPE GUYS
2016-01-18 18:04
HYPE HYPE!
2016-01-18 18:05
nice
2016-01-18 18:03
#12
Hong Kong bufu 
cool
2016-01-18 18:03
gg
2016-01-18 18:03
lol
2016-01-18 18:03
#15
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Brazil PlasticB0Y 
yeah i like it, now we talking.
2016-01-18 18:04
Nice
2016-01-18 18:03
w0w
2016-01-18 18:03
awesome sauce!
2016-01-18 18:04
Fuck ESL
2016-01-18 18:04
#20
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Bulgaria BroN 
we have eurosport ,soon we will have euroesport :D
2016-01-18 18:04
perfect title
2016-01-18 18:15
nice
2016-01-18 18:36
expected
2016-01-18 18:04
BOOOOM
2016-01-18 18:04
VP to win all !
2016-01-18 18:04
HOLY SH*T! Thats awesome! Maybe Valve will awake and give more than 250k per major. EDIT: Maybe one day, they will make qualifiers for more countries (for example, 1 for Asia, 1 for Oceania, 1 for SA, 1 for Africa) and increase the number of teams in the offline finals.
2016-01-18 18:06
#74
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Poland iBronis 
I was thinking the same. Maybe 24 teams?
2016-01-18 18:17
for that, it needed to be 32, at least (to make 8th finals, instead of semis and quarters). if its 24, the groups doesn't have 4 teams each (just like in every sports).
2016-01-18 18:19
You can do it in many different ways. 4 groups of 6 where 4 make it to the playoffs for example. With a round of 16 . Just depends on the size and amount of time at hand. You could have the top2 of each group go directly to quarter while 3 and 4 have to do a bo3 in the round of 16. The euro cup in football is gonna be 24 teams this summer up from 16.
2016-01-18 18:37
yeah, we can give that as an example. But I think it will never change, ppl are to much stupid (the public). Have qualifiers for all the world: Why you do this, I want the 16 best teams, not the worst ones! Have only EU qualifiers: shitty organizers, doesn't want CS:GO to be global. Have NA qualifiers: why NA even has a qualifier, they are tier50. I can give more, but its useless.
2016-01-18 19:02
#204
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Estonia swag420weed 
Volvo has never given money to majors...
2016-01-18 21:15
Just curious why u want bigger price monies for tournaments? I dont think teams have problems to motivate themselves atm so it shouldn't increase the quality of the games that much. And if u think it's going to make the game itself bigger wouldnt the money be better spent on developing the game further? o_O
2016-01-18 22:30
+1
2016-01-18 23:37
#225
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India RrOuTe_FoRcE 
Its not for the already existing teams, but to attract more, newer guys towards cs.
2016-01-19 06:10
biggest increases in player base have been after big updates tho.
2016-01-19 18:12
Daaamn! Gonna be epic!
2016-01-18 18:05
good
2016-01-18 18:05
#30
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Czech Republic Lueg 
WAT
2016-01-18 18:05
getting my stacks ready for betting
2016-01-18 18:06
PogChamp
2016-01-18 18:06
EZ
2016-01-18 18:06
nice!
2016-01-18 18:06
#37
zboub | 
Algeria MinTaaa 
Ez TBA
2016-01-18 18:06
#38
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United States hltvconfirmed 
So awesome. Here in NA TNT(turner)network nba basketball intro shows CSGO with the other sports. Good things are happening even in NA
2016-01-18 18:06
#39
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Russia Dem0nEr 
CS GO is on the rise
2016-01-18 18:07
#114
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Sweden TutsiGOD 
yesss
2016-01-18 18:38
750k per season, not that much tho.
2016-01-18 18:07
3x as much as our majors
2016-01-18 20:37
no g2 no party
2016-01-18 18:07
#49
mixwell | 
Spain Alser 
TBA = G2
2016-01-18 18:09
pls no 250k for online
2016-01-18 18:07
#44
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Sweden freddyyyw 
LET'S FUCKING GOOOO
2016-01-18 18:08
#45
mixwell | 
Spain Alser 
OH YEAHHH
2016-01-18 18:08
The real question is... when is ESL/ESEA announcing the wildcarded teams? Are they just waiting for official announcements from all of the organizations?
2016-01-18 18:08
inb4 banned by valve
2016-01-18 18:09
#48
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Argentina MAXEE|SDM 
hltv.org/news/16840-esl-pro-league-with-.. < HYPEEE oh... only 1,5 million :c
2016-01-18 18:09
NA is waste of money.
2016-01-18 18:09
#200
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Brazil adrianoff1 
ez for lg
2016-01-18 20:47
Wonder how much will go to online LAN finals should be at least 500k
2016-01-18 18:09
G2, Renegades for last two spots.
2016-01-18 18:10
.
2016-01-18 18:25
But Method died.
2016-01-18 18:11
#59
mixwell | 
Spain Alser 
Method's spot will go to gob b's team (ex-Method)
2016-01-18 18:13
#54
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Ukraine petruska 
500 -> 750 are u stypid?
2016-01-18 18:11
#55
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World rayman1337 
VERY NICE Now we await the announcement of the new season Faceit League
2016-01-18 18:12
O MY GOD. It's really good news for all cs community
2016-01-18 18:12
#60
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Germany NjiNjiNji 
when winterfox can compete in a 1.5m$ league u know somethings wrong
2016-01-18 18:13
if it is so easy, make a team and participate.
2016-01-18 18:43
#153
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Germany NjiNjiNji 
nice braindamage
2016-01-18 19:04
Even ENCE without training is better than WinterFox and ence has no chance in EUs side.
2016-01-18 20:05
missing asian division
2016-01-18 18:14
+1
2016-01-18 19:05
ez money for ?
2016-01-18 18:14
for ?
2016-01-18 20:45
FINALLY :D Volvo next??
2016-01-18 18:14
HYPEEEEEEEE Now all we need is a huge venue for these finals and this will be amazing.
2016-01-18 18:15
#66
United Kingdom Alth 
I seriously hope it's now $500,000 for each LAN finals prize money. They were giving too much away to the online league results.
2016-01-18 18:15
yeahhhhhhhhhhhh 1.5 million
2016-01-18 18:15
wait so who's Sponserless now? is that ptr's team or
2016-01-18 18:16
More millions boys :D
2016-01-18 18:16
Tbh NA is getting much more competitive. At least within the continent!
2016-01-18 18:16
sk > g2 ayyyyyyyyy
2016-01-18 18:16
bring on bo1
2016-01-18 18:16
Ok offline crowds nice. But we don't want any of your GSL BO1 GROUPSTAGE ANYMORE ESL PLEASE !!!
2016-01-18 18:20
#75
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Maldives lewux10 
OKAY ITS HAPPENING BOYS
2016-01-18 18:17
babam looking forward to it
2016-01-18 18:17
Meanwhile majors are 250k top kek
2016-01-18 18:17
meanwhile majors last 1 weekend, and leagues last whole seasons.
2016-01-18 18:32
Nice. RIP ESEA
2016-01-18 18:18
FINALLY NICE PRIZEPOOL
2016-01-18 18:18
Why not G2?...
2016-01-18 18:19
I really don't understand why LG is NA... Shouldn't it be SA?
2016-01-18 18:21
NA league, they are not saying that LG is a NA team.
2016-01-18 18:24
We could have G2 on EU league, Renegades and GA on NA league.
2016-01-18 18:21
#231
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Australia kTw0 
G2 and Renegades I think, I doubt GA will be in pro league
2016-01-19 09:30
WELL PLAYED ESL !!!!!!!!
2016-01-18 18:22
#88
JW | 
United States theobill1 
MORE $$$ for FNATIC. lmao
2016-01-18 18:23
and majors are still 250k
2016-01-18 18:24
250k$ for valve's majors sounds more funny from day to day.
2016-01-18 18:25
holy shit!!! :o
2016-01-18 18:26
Now i know why gaben has been so greedy with these updates, GJ GABE NEWELL!
2016-01-18 18:28
#96
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Brazil vicTHOR 
Nice ESL, that's how you do it. Valve so mercenary... why not upgrading the csgo major's prize money?? FU volvo!
2016-01-18 18:28
yes man
2016-01-18 18:28
Shit is getting HUGE. NA tba is renegades?
2016-01-18 18:31
#100
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Sweden Trojka03 
Please make the finals 500k$ each and 250k$ split through each of the leagues, not the other way around pretty please ESL?
2016-01-18 18:32
+999999999999999999999
2016-01-18 18:56
better teams then Turner league has atleast the wildcard spots should be for EU G2 and for NA Renegades
2016-01-18 18:33
Disappointing.
2016-01-18 18:34
Took them long enough to do this. Hopefully now valve will increase the major prize pools.
2016-01-18 18:35
meh
2016-01-18 18:35
kurwa
2016-01-18 18:35
Change that to a decimal point right fucking now!
2016-01-18 18:36
ty
2016-01-18 18:58
16 teams finals pls
2016-01-18 18:37
Noice
2016-01-18 18:38
esl vs turner :D
2016-01-18 18:39
wtf is up with all those NA teams? why no G2(( jkaem and rain are our only hope((((
2016-01-18 18:40
yeah, so much NA and no Asia/Australian teams, gg ESL.
2016-01-18 18:43
ESL bought out ESEA and are recycling tbe same list of ESEA Invite teams for the next season
2016-01-18 23:15
woooooooo
2016-01-18 18:42
No renegades? Tyloo doesn't even get a chance? :/
2016-01-18 18:44
5 EU spots plssssssssssssssss
2016-01-18 18:45
The Global incoming Kappa
2016-01-18 18:45
n1
2016-01-18 18:47
#126
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France StickyRice 
Should be 1 million for EU and 500k for NA (and would still be too generous for NA).
2016-01-18 18:47
One question - as this is not VALVE event, can steel, dazed, azk and swag make a team and participate in this one?
2016-01-18 18:51
if ESL unbanned them
2016-01-18 19:09
#183
Hungary vAf 
if i'm not wrong ESEA, ESL and FACEIT banned all of them.
2016-01-18 19:43
oh, okay, sorry for my lack of knowladge
2016-01-19 13:27
where's team Games Academy
2016-01-18 18:51
#142
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Europe jesh 
XD top kekerino
2016-01-18 18:59
NICE!!!
2016-01-18 18:54
#136
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Brazil Collee 
NA rofl ez 1st place for LG
2016-01-18 18:54
Will we see ESEA lans return? Those were pretty cool
2016-01-18 18:57
#141
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Europe midi 
RIP ESEA bitcoin miners are broken now.
2016-01-18 18:58
#143
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Finland Fherrera 
MAKE IT RAIN ESEA!
2016-01-18 19:00
why so many shitty NA teams taking up the EU spots?
2016-01-18 19:00
who else from EU are you gonna add that is better than all the NA teams? (other than G2 because I'm sure they're getting the TBA spot)
2016-01-18 19:11
ESL has announced that $1,5 million will be given away in 2016 across two seasons of the ESL Pro League to fnatic. Fixed it for you
2016-01-18 19:00
#149
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Germany Raverlele 
G2 and completed
2016-01-18 19:02
Fnatic ez win ez skins ez win!
2016-01-18 19:03
haha flipside 4 polish teams are better then them
2016-01-18 19:03
#152
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Italy 1nf3rn4L 
Hope wildcard for Europe will be G2
2016-01-18 19:04
rip asia -flipsid3 +sexydosiateam
2016-01-18 19:06
winterfox ez
2016-01-18 19:08
#158
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Netherlands FPSDoug 
nice
2016-01-18 19:08
wow so much money for fnatic flusha millionaire
2016-01-18 19:14
#163
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United States CarbonDogma 
Interesting that Method retains their spot despite losing 3 players
2016-01-18 19:14
why not this GA?
2016-01-18 19:16
iizi moni for fnatic
2016-01-18 19:16
last euro team will be ence
2016-01-18 19:21
ESEA deserve for rekt
2016-01-18 19:23
nice
2016-01-18 19:24
- top 24 teams of the world -12 teams from na choose one
2016-01-18 19:26
+1 lmao, I'd only keep LG/C9/TL/CLG/OpTic for the NA list and for the rest EU teams that had to be invited like G2/E-frag and dunno who else, whoever comes to your mind but doesn't have to be an NA team xD
2016-01-18 19:32
I'd rather cyberzen and tyloo go then half these NA teams lol
2016-01-19 07:23
#174
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Czech Republic tomassks 
TBA ?
2016-01-18 19:32
Hope for G2
2016-01-18 19:33
#176
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Czech Republic tomassks 
TBA Europe ?
2016-01-18 19:32
nice one, but where is g2? they should be in it no doubt
2016-01-18 19:35
#180
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Czech Republic tomassks 
Hellraisers and complete
2016-01-18 19:38
#182
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Brazil woody77 
GA or Renegads?
2016-01-18 19:42
nice! gl everyone :) asia should be invited too
2016-01-18 19:46
inb4 Volvo will increase money for Majors to 1kk. easy money
2016-01-18 19:51
#187
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Denmark geerZo 
ez for winterfox
2016-01-18 19:53
Oh no esea to mine bitcoins :(
2016-01-18 19:56
where's G2? wtf
2016-01-18 20:03
SK, Flipsid3, mouz, ex-Titan, dignitas, NiP, VP but not G2? Can someone explain?
2016-01-18 20:05
TBA = G2 right? cuz if it isn't, rip logic
2016-01-18 20:08
csgo dying
2016-01-18 20:12
lol nice
2016-01-18 20:20
gl
2016-01-18 20:22
NA TBA = GamesAcademy
2016-01-18 20:35
needs more ENCE
2016-01-18 20:49
#202
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United States WhoIsYou 
Waiting for EX iBP to make a Team
2016-01-18 20:51
Nice ! :D
2016-01-18 21:08
ez for ENCE
2016-01-18 21:23
#206
REZ | 
Sweden namblooC 
$500000 for first place, GJ!
2016-01-18 21:26
"in which ESEA will no longer feature as a title sponsor" Nice, one step closer to a real league. I'm no ted turner honk but I'd love to see them diminish esea's market share then buy them out.
2016-01-18 21:33
TBA = renegades?
2016-01-18 21:51
gogo Flipside :) always a pleasure to watch you guys play and of course gogo Liquid S1mple :D
2016-01-18 22:32
If it isnt G2 im going to kms. "Top 24 teams" and they dont invite the 8th best team.....
2016-01-18 23:25
lol,no ESEA,why now still 4 eu and 4 na in offline finals?eu should got 6,and 2 for na
2016-01-19 00:16
Lots of T3 NA teams. No renegades or Chinese teams. :(
2016-01-19 01:24
LG need in finals
2016-01-19 02:20
valve majors are slowly turning out to be a joke
2016-01-19 03:16
and now i'm just waiting stupid volvo to add 128 tick servers... dreams...
2016-01-19 03:37
where is g2 ?
2016-01-19 05:25
1.5mil.......online.......BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH what a joke
2016-01-19 06:18
cool
2016-01-19 06:40
#232
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Norway sAvageOG 
G2 and Renegades?
2016-01-19 10:23
wOw its awesome
2016-01-19 11:35
#236
Sweden PPH 
rz for LG
2016-01-19 12:21
G2 pls :D
2016-01-19 15:10
Valve will probably make themselves a bigger joke by announcing they will partner up with ESL to make ESL One Cologne 2016 a 250.000$ major
2016-01-19 15:42
#243
nitr0 | 
United Kingdom TTHump 
rip esea?
2016-01-21 20:46
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