ESL Pro League introduces Asia-Pacific division

ESL has confirmed that it is expanding the Pro League into the Asia-Pacific region, with online qualifiers leading to a regional event.

For Season 7, this expansion will encompass three sub-regions - Southeast Asia, China and Australia/New Zealand -, but ESL has guaranteed that it plans to "further expand the program into additional territories within the region, as well as create a full league system in the future." 

Open qualifiers will be held from March 18-25 in all three sub-regions, followed by season matches, which will determine the eight teams who will compete at the Pro League APAC regional finals, which will be held at the ESL studios in Sydney, from April 20-22.

ESL Pro League expands into the Asia-Pacific region

Australia/New Zealand and China will have three spots apiece at the regional event, while Southeast Asia will have just two. The top two sides coming out of this event will earn spots at the Pro League Finals, which will be held in Dallas, Texas, from May 14-20.

"This is an incredibly important step on our way to establishing a truly global playing field for all professional Counter-Strike players in the world," said Ulrich Schulze, Senior Vice President of Product at ESL.

"The APAC region has waited long enough for a proper inclusion in a global gaming circuit. We’re excited to see how expanding Pro League to this region will further significantly strengthen and develop the professional scene."

The announcement follows ESL's decision to expand the Pro League Finals from 12 to 16 teams as part of the company's plan to standardize the format used in its big CS:GO competitions. 

With the APAC region taking up just two spots, this could mean that Pro League will expand into at least one more region, unless ESL decides to increase the number of qualifying slots allocated to Europe and North America.

nice I agree with #2 btw
2018-03-06 01:48
strize | 
Canada DiiSCO 
2018-03-06 01:47
Indonesia RaseL_ 
ez 4 TyLoo
2018-03-06 01:47
United States ToiletSeat 
no, ez for rng. Aren't they australia??? ik they are in epl na
2018-03-06 01:48
United States Droidd 
I think they will keep playing in na like optic is placed in na even tho their core is eu
2018-03-06 01:54
Spain JasonRacism 
Depends what pays more
2018-03-06 07:58
ez for RNG? hahaha nice one braindead NA
2018-03-06 02:06
Germany Aquintus 
I would stay in na epl since theres tougher opposition = better preparation
2018-03-06 06:54
Other not_bad 
way too ez for tylul
2018-03-06 01:47
United States Will767 
Fuck TyLoo cause I’m fucking torqued up
2018-03-06 07:52
Koreans to win next major!!!!!!
2018-03-06 01:51
2018-03-06 18:09
I agree with #1
2018-03-06 01:48
Wow how smart you are
2018-03-06 01:46
200 IQ
2018-03-06 03:05
2018-03-06 08:23
Hi dood, page 14 today early
2018-03-06 08:43
K waiting
2018-03-06 09:22
2018-03-06 09:22
n1 finally for asia!!!!!!!
2018-03-06 01:45
The best asians are in c9 though
2018-03-06 12:00
Australia JingleBells 
2018-03-06 01:45
Good for them!
2018-03-06 01:45
fer | 
Brazil m4th 
fuck u SA
2018-03-06 01:45
Australia KatVian 
I can't tell weather you are saying "Fuck USA" or "Fuck you SA". Lol
2018-03-06 01:47
fer | 
Brazil m4th 
fuck you south america.
2018-03-06 02:07
Australia KatVian 
2018-03-06 02:08
Brazil LeBuenin 
because SA has top tier teams and still have to play in another region
2018-03-06 02:17
Australia KatVian 
*Top tier team
2018-03-06 02:17
2018-03-06 03:06
forsaken | 
Other jotto 
2018-03-06 03:33
Australia vamped 
The probability for profit in the Asia region > South America
2018-03-06 04:16
2018-03-06 04:31
Tell SA teams to move back to SA.
2018-03-06 07:55
Why? Their scene has less tournaments than fucking ASIA!!!! There wouldn't be any need to move abroad if their scene was well structured (or at least to an asia/apac "standard")
2018-03-06 23:44
Denmark danishwarrior 
2018-03-06 01:46
Why no India?
2018-03-06 16:16
liTTle | 
CIS Dowa) 
2018-03-06 01:46
Ireland aodhok 
Nice one ESL
2018-03-06 01:46
United States snack- 
2018-03-06 01:46
2018-03-06 01:46
2018-03-06 01:47
O shit xdxd
2018-03-06 01:47
United States ChickEn8pLay1 
Ez for shitty pings
2018-03-06 01:47
Can you read again?! Will be 3 separated regions, China, 'Oceania' and SEA. The best teams from each region will play on LAN bro. Omg, its hard to understand?
2018-03-06 02:55
jOELZ | 
Finland TiltedAF 
Nice, even more matchfixing now.
2018-03-06 01:49
holy shit this is what mdl was supposed to be.
2018-03-06 01:49
crow | 
United States Laxon 
YES, THANK YOU. Finally I'll get to see SZ play more!!!
2018-03-06 01:50
2018-03-06 04:53
crow | 
United States Laxon 
SZ Absolute, theyre the best Japanese team
2018-03-06 04:59
Okay weeaboo trash
2018-03-07 19:03
Bangladesh N0SP4C3 
I was hoping this day would come. nice
2018-03-06 01:53
About time still sad that no Korea
2018-03-06 01:54
Korea gets included in the "China" region for this league for some reason unless you mean north korea
2018-03-06 01:59
What?? For sure they have to be in SEA region.
2018-03-06 02:56
Asia Scar3cr0w 
geographically korea is not part of SEA region. They belonged to EA region along with japan, mongolia and china. I think they should rename China to EA if people are triggered about naming the qualifier. But i agree with you some of EA teams should compete with SEA region because there is like no good teams in SEA region even its asian standard while China is stacked af.
2018-03-06 04:45
Maybe not stacked, but I think that Japan and Korea should have more oportunity to play at Sydney. Lets see what will happen.
2018-03-06 04:54
Ez for teams from Nepal
2018-03-06 01:54
+1 Nepal top 1 but I am prolly the best player from nepal
2018-03-06 01:56
Wonder if all the SA teams will be moving to Asia? Free spots in ESL finals ;)
2018-03-06 01:56
do you really believe those teams are at a higher level than asia
2018-03-06 02:17
Brazil LiPByakko 
Pretty sure the top SA teams can go head to head with Tyloo or Flash or whatever.
2018-03-06 04:00
and isnt the last good brazilian team in na already the rest of sa have no decent scene
2018-03-06 04:47
Brazil LiPByakko 
Not really, mate. There still are some very good teams in brazilian soil, like KnG's new team and FalleN's new team as well (FalleN owns the org, to be precise)
2018-03-06 04:52
hmm i doubt virtue will do anything internationally and what is fallens org i have not heard that one before
2018-03-06 04:54
Brazil LiPByakko 
Virtue was formed literally last week, give them some time. FalleN's org is YeaH! Gaming, they are currently top1-2 in SA.
2018-03-06 04:56
i am not a big fan of virtue to say the least but i will check out that other org
2018-03-06 04:57
Brazil LiPByakko 
Not a big fan either, can understand you, but they are a team to be recognized here in Brazil.
2018-03-06 04:59
Good team lol lost double 16-4 to ZqK's team, Kng's career is done
2018-03-06 11:55
Brazil LiPByakko 
They also defeated Isurus, who had defeated zqk's team.
2018-03-06 13:58
Ofc they are
2018-03-06 04:32
all the good teams moved to na already
2018-03-06 04:48
Germany AYEON 
2018-03-06 01:59
How will this work with the Australian version of the MDL?
2018-03-06 02:05
Australia DubL 
Maybe they'll make a new league for AU/NZ
2018-03-06 02:09
Australia NotSoMLG 
Idk but regional finals probably gonna b at esl studios in sydney. But also reminds me of ZEN League
2018-03-06 02:13
Australia NotSoMLG 
Wait lmao i missed the part where it says it will b at esl studios sydney XD also 2 weeks before iem.
2018-03-06 02:17
Australia DubL 
ez 4 ORDER
2018-03-06 02:06
awesome news!
2018-03-06 02:16
Taiwan SCVready 
Nice! Let's go!
2018-03-06 02:20
Nepal but no India ok
2018-03-06 02:20
Yes the boys
2018-03-06 02:20
Great move. Asian cs really need this kind of pro league. Not every team have a chance to play a lot except some really minor event or a few qualifiers.
2018-03-06 02:29
World gives a fuck for SA even though SK has won majors and be top1 sad
2018-03-06 02:33
Canada gritabit 
This just means that NRG has a chance at getting out of groups. Never thought I'd say that, but personally I think it's wasted. The Asian scene hasn't had enough time to develop talent that can compete in Tier 3.
2018-03-06 02:47
India Ad1_KaM 
Hasn't had any chance* :)
2018-03-06 02:51
Canada gritabit 
Tyloo had a lot of chances over the past 2 years. Some of those players are in Flash now, who went out 0-3 in the Major qualifier. MVP has shown that they can narrowly lose to VP, which isn't saying a lot anymore, and every other APAC team finishes dead last in large prize pool tournaments. They've had enough chances to prove that they're not ready yet
2018-03-06 02:54
India Ad1_KaM 
And how does playing 1 tournament say anything about the team? SEA region always end up getting 1 spot. Let's see if this brings out some good teams :)
2018-03-06 02:57
Asians need more inclusion. Not just one tourney in 2 months. This pro league is the right step. Zhey need constant matches ajaknst good teams to be able to develop their game
2018-03-06 10:16
India Ad1_KaM 
No India? Okay.
2018-03-06 02:52
India ashwani597 
I also thought the same. Even Bhutan and Nepal are there. But no India :|
2018-03-06 04:45
South Korea and Japan part of China? Nice
2018-03-06 02:55
no love for Middle Eaat teams btw, the other region is Brazil, they're playing qualifiers right now and any SA team can play as long as they have at least 3 players playing from Brazil (shitty rule IMO)
2018-03-06 03:09
Macau Bent0 
SEA region so easy for Signature Gaming
2018-03-06 03:13
Probably Boots or fire dragoon gonna qualify for south east asia . I may try to form team to beat boots tho
2018-03-06 03:46
Indonesia DezfanzeR 
-fire dragoon +Signature
2018-03-06 05:33
Normally id say or wouldve said "ez Mongolz" but since zilkenber and machinegun left this team is so out of form. Q
2018-03-06 10:14
> Japan > South Korea > "China" :thinking:
2018-03-06 04:04
China RoyZhang 
2018-03-06 04:24
Make China great again!
2018-03-06 07:10
As if Mongolia, Japan and South Korea belong to the chinese region ....
2018-03-06 10:12
You're lucky that your third world ass of a country can share a tournament with China. If not your country wont be included in the qualifier like India.
2018-03-07 18:59
Season Matches with only one week...A really mini Pro League regional event
2018-03-06 04:32
Ez facebook stream OMEGALUL
2018-03-06 04:32
nepal and bhutan included but not India gj ESL
2018-03-06 04:33
ML | 
Hong Kong MLcsgo 
match-fixing heaven inc
2018-03-06 04:34
Brazil BuddyINSANE 
n1111 we smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2018-03-06 04:40
Germany Very_Nice_Guy 
no India :(
2018-03-06 04:40
Asia HikaruS 
EZ for Signature
2018-03-06 05:19
India BJH 
where is india:(
2018-03-06 06:46
Poland FTSinho 
What about LAN Finals? F<T-S
2018-03-06 06:47
s1mple | 
Poland Hell2k 
Probably only 2 teams i think
2018-03-06 11:04
nice but no India DXDDD
2018-03-06 06:53
yes please, we need 1 spot for India and 2 spots for Africa to promote diversity. fuck off.
2018-03-06 06:58
Brazil LukeCS 
South America please ESL
2018-03-06 06:56
s1mple | 
Poland Hell2k 
And Africa lul
2018-03-06 11:04
Brazil LukeCS 
Bravado is not there anymore, they didn't prove anything yet
2018-03-06 22:53
horseshit, another 2 wasted spots... the teams that really deserve to get to the finals won't and we'll get more feeders. fuck esl.
2018-03-06 06:57
Same goes for some china's dota2 teams in the past imo. Not sure if tyloo or renegades deserve a spot but there's always more than pure skill that you'll take into account if you are holding a big tournament like this.
2018-03-06 07:06
renegays aren't even competing in the region lol
2018-03-06 07:47
India AlmightyDuk 
no bob no vagene no fun
2018-03-06 07:34
2018-03-06 07:56
Indonesia alsamsun 
Nice one ESL
2018-03-06 08:31
no love for west, central or south asia?
2018-03-06 08:34
Where's india lmao
2018-03-06 09:22
quite different from eu/na in rules
2018-03-06 09:10
Brazil Mirekz 
meanwhile not even a single spot for south america
2018-03-06 09:07
Nobody cares for sa
2018-03-06 10:09
Nepal Bhutan but no india XD. Those 2 countries don't even have good enough teams to participate in Indian events..
2018-03-06 09:21
Should be a mdl honestly, not esl pl worthy
2018-03-06 09:29
Lel nepal,bhutan and not India ESL has a premier tournament in India and no slot in this Im quite confused >.<
2018-03-06 09:51
Probably couldnt include all regions at once.
2018-03-06 10:08
Mate bhutan and nepal scenes dont exist,their countries have no closed borders with india. Nepal national language is hindi. And india has no slot xD How can you include nepal and bhutan but not india ?
2018-03-06 10:27
My guess is that southeastasia with china mongolia japan and korea are the go to regions with the better teams, so it makes sense that these nations are included at first. They want to expand step by step. And india will come in the future but india is a bigass region on its own. So it has to wait. And before you say sgain "but nepal has no scene" that doesnt matter. Nepal is a part of sea and thats that. That doesnt mean they are better is just means they are lucky to be in sea hahah
2018-03-06 10:50
What im saying is that Nepal and bhutan are surrounded by India on 3 sides,if they are in SEA,then obviously India is SEA as well.
2018-03-06 17:44
Ant1ka | 
Indonesia Frver 
I dont know but everytime I played with india or bangla player in mm the always have 200+ ping and im from southeast asia.
2018-03-06 19:26
NOOOOO,I thought they would finally give more spot to EU and they give wasted spot again,fuck this
2018-03-06 11:09
Lezzgo mineksi
2018-03-06 11:16
Philippines KieRR 
Yeah boi Mineski Mineski Mineski Woooo
2018-03-06 13:53
Australia aucs 
very nice :)
2018-03-06 11:30
Give that spot to middle east and north africa region for god sake
2018-03-06 12:44
Finally. ESL should copy Lol world championship regions. CSGO neeeds it, and VALVE wont do anything like RIOT.
2018-03-06 16:13
NikoM | 
Argentina gonZAA 
when it will be in south america? we need a whole south american esl championship and not just brazil
2018-03-06 16:20
good opportunity for Asia CS development
2018-03-07 13:14
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