ESL has announced that it will host a South American league to determine the final team for the Pro League Season 7 Finals.
The tournament, called ESL LA LEAGUE, will begin on March 24 with the first of two open qualifiers, featuring teams from all over South America.
The leading teams of these two open qualifiers - four per qualifier - will join eight invited sides in the closed qualifier, which will run from March 30 to April 1.
The top eight teams of the closed qualifier will progress to the main stage, which will culminate with the grand final on May 5. The winner of the LA League will earn a spot at the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals, scheduled for May 14-20, joining seven teams from the European division, six from the North American division and the top two sides of the Asia-Pacific event that will be held in Sydney.
To prevent last-minute replacements, ESL will make it mandatory for the eight teams competing in the main stage to have US visas ready.
"We are really happy to announce the LA League," ESL Brasil CEO Leo De Biase said in a statement. "It is another victory for esports and, with it, ESL strengthens its commitment to helping the players trying to find their space among the professionals.
"We are trying to encourage them, from the bottom to the top, step by step, from zero to hero."
The eight invited teams will be announced in the days leading up to the closed qualifier on ESL Brasil's social media channels.
South American teams interested in signing up for the open qualifiers can do so by clicking the links below: