ESL updates event calendar, with Cologne as the first LAN tournament

The showpiece competition is now set to be held in a studio environment with no audience.

ESL One Cologne will be ESL's first in-person Counter-Strike tournament of 2021, the organisers announced on Thursday in a calendar update. The event will be played in a studio from July 6-18 and will no longer culminate in a playoff stage held at the LANXESS Arena.

ESL's next two international competitions, DreamHack Masters Spring and IEM Summer, have been moved to an online-only format, "with the safety of the teams, crews and the esports community being paramount." Both events were originally planned as in-person events in a studio environment.

ESL One Cologne will be held in a studio without audience

The organisers note that ESL One Cologne's status as an in-person event is dependent on the "continued evaluation" of the travel and global health situation because of the coronavirus pandemic. They added that plans to host LAN tournaments with an on-site audience are being put on hold at least until November.

"The past year has forced many changes to events and tournament formats, all of which will make the return of fans in future all the more sweet, but the response from the esports community has been incredible," ESL says.

"The online formats have brought record broadcast numbers with ESL collaborating with teams and partners to bring the best possible viewing experience to fans around the world. While current plans entail all events after ESL One Cologne will be played out as in-person studio competition, ESL is also working hard and exploring all available options to bring back live events in November.

"Further quarterly updates will be given so that the esports community can be kept up to speed on all upcoming tournaments across ESL’s gaming titles."

ESL's revised 2021 calendar currently looks as follows:

DreamHack Masters Spring 2021: 29 Apr - May 9 / $250,000 / 16 Teams / Online
IEM Summer 2021: 03 - 13 June / $250,000 / 16 Teams / Online
ESL One Cologne 2021: 06 - 18 Jul / $1,000,000 / 24 Teams / Studio
EPL: Season 14 Malta: 08 Sep - 10 Oct / $750,000 / 24 Teams / Studio
IEM Fall 2021: 14 - 24 Oct* / $250,000 / 16 Teams / Studio
IEM Winter 2021: / 02 - 12 Dec / $250,000 / 16 Teams / Live Event Asia

*ESL has acknowledged that IEM Fall overlaps with the recent announcement of the PGL Major. It is working on solutions to adjust and will update in due course.

All tickets purchased for ESL One Cologne remain valid for next year's event, which will culminate in the playoffs at the LANXESS Arena from July 15-17. Fans can also ask for a refund by contacting their ticket providers.

Lets go!
2021-04-22 16:10
50 replies
over for gambit
2021-04-22 16:11
14 replies
lol +1
2021-04-22 16:25
4 replies
Lol Not happening Already used to these false promises since last july. Remember Last years Cologne was promised to be first LAN
2021-04-22 17:23
3 replies
it will prolly happen because other esports are returning to lan (DOTA 2)
2021-04-22 17:45
2 replies
Even TF2 have lans but im not buying it from ESL, they are cheap and will do whatever they can to save money
2021-04-22 17:58
1 reply
Coronavirus now ATH, i think it's not possible
2021-04-22 18:41
#108
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Denmark Yikesslol
Imagine thinking gambit will disappear on LAN lol, you'll be disappointed.
2021-04-22 16:42
7 replies
Imagine thinking gambit will show up on LAN lol, you'll be disappointed.
2021-04-22 16:45
2 replies
s0mple fan checks out
2021-04-22 16:52
1 reply
#121
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Jordan Zereeni
>"s0mple_is_my_flair" >"overrated" flair >s1mple fan
2021-04-22 16:58
#120
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Slovakia Daev0n
+1
2021-04-22 16:54
They will though. Not playing from the comfort of your own computer and/or home is not something gambit is used to.
2021-04-22 18:25
2 replies
#167
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Denmark Yikesslol
Yes, I know it's gonna effect them, but they're playing better cs than everybody right now. It's no just going back to how it was before. (:
2021-04-22 18:52
#182
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United States EDBX
Is this what Astralis fans are clinging to now? That they will return to GOAT form when LAN comes back? I'm sure there will be a learning curve but Gambit isn't gonna disappear.
2021-04-22 20:43
#144
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Philippines J4DEM
no worries cis won't be relevant before july.
2021-04-22 17:25
Horrible timing for cologne. Euro21 playoffs are more important, sry.
2021-04-22 16:12
24 replies
what playoffs?
2021-04-22 16:13
14 replies
UEFA Euro 2020
2021-04-22 16:14
13 replies
and what the frick is that?
2021-04-22 16:14
12 replies
European championship of the most overrated sport
2021-04-22 16:18
Football i think, (Europa mästerskap)/em
2021-04-22 16:19
10 replies
oh soccer
2021-04-22 16:19
9 replies
+1 for better name
2021-04-22 16:21
8 replies
football is for feet soccer is for socks
2021-04-22 16:24
7 replies
soccer is for acting*
2021-04-22 16:26
Why’s it called football and not shoeball smh Lying asses wearing shoes while they play
2021-04-22 16:28
5 replies
Why is your football not called handball, lying asses using hands while they play
2021-04-22 16:31
4 replies
For unironic answer the term came from when sports like polo were common, and so the word football was made because it was played on foot instead of on a horse
2021-04-22 16:43
3 replies
Nice mens))
2021-04-22 19:12
0 iq for muricans to call it football when theres already a football. shouldve called american football soccer
2021-04-22 20:17
1 reply
Actually american football was a separate game before the British switched back to football from soccer
2021-04-22 20:47
German national team wont make it out of groups anyways so i dont car xaxaxa
2021-04-22 16:13
5 replies
#52
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Brazil mafe^
you guys went 7-1 against brazil to losing to macedonia really fast
2021-04-22 16:20
3 replies
7 years is not a short amount of time, especially in football.
2021-04-22 16:22
2 replies
no Klose no win
2021-04-22 16:25
1 reply
+1
2021-04-22 16:51
other europeans will care :)
2021-04-22 16:21
imagine caring for corrupted soccer in 2021
2021-04-22 16:39
who tf cares about football
2021-04-22 17:19
1 reply
3 billion people
2021-04-22 18:31
shaME about super league tho
2021-04-22 16:12
5 replies
Good news, all the premiere league teams left, and Barca and atletico I think
2021-04-22 16:21
4 replies
didnt actually go through with it tho
2021-04-22 16:23
3 replies
With what? Super league?
2021-04-22 16:27
2 replies
nvm i thought you were talking about how they joined the Super League no how they pulled out
2021-04-22 16:47
1 reply
Haha ok, I mean they left super league, I’m proud of the football fans for pushing em to leave
2021-04-22 16:49
Practically every international sport is hosting in-person events with no audience, since several months now. CS TO's somehow, really suck at getting things done.
2021-04-22 16:13
1 reply
#99
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United States Phamous3k
Mainly cause third party organizers main goal is profitability. Having a live event without ticket sales is a huge lose in profits. Companies like Ubisoft, Riot, etc have large funding to make these LAN events happen so. And the same goes for tradition sports. Sucks but, that’s the nature of the beast.
2021-04-22 16:35
#27
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United States Shr3y
Gambit eliminated in group stages let's go
2021-04-22 16:13
I hope it's true this time
2021-04-22 17:05
#2
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Poland grapeeeee
Ok
2021-04-22 16:10
nice
2021-04-22 16:11
Yay!
2021-04-22 16:11
expected
2021-04-22 16:11
Good start
2021-04-22 16:11
good
2021-04-22 16:11
I'll believe it when I see it. We had the exact same announcement last year
2021-04-22 16:11
8 replies
+1 we continously get announcements like "X event in 6 months will definitely be on LAN!!" and then it isn't
2021-04-22 16:14
Hopefully this time it happens though Although I do doubt it at this point
2021-04-22 16:14
I aren't think it was the same. This time they announce land but in studios
2021-04-22 16:17
3 replies
#75
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Argentina WaSTe_D
they announced the same for playoffs of ESL Pro League and IEM KATOWICE 2021 and it was still online. maybe this time its right but im better not raising my hopes.
2021-04-22 16:25
2 replies
#65 I know mens im sorry mens
2021-04-22 16:27
1 reply
#83
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Argentina WaSTe_D
oh yeah sorry, there was already one comment saying the same thing
2021-04-22 16:28
+1
2021-04-22 16:17
#89
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Ukraine lo0u
Well, this will be on LAN (offline), but without audience and in a studio, so it's totally possible. Regular sports was already running in a similar way for a while.
2021-04-22 16:31
#10
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Sweden noahg08
pog
2021-04-22 16:11
nice
2021-04-22 16:11
!og steL
2021-04-22 16:11
POG
2021-04-22 16:12
GOD
2021-04-22 16:12
It's about time.
2021-04-22 16:12
#17
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Sweden RaaCCooN
ok
2021-04-22 16:12
#18
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Brazil gosttavoo
F furia, gambit, heroic
2021-04-22 16:12
1 reply
F
2021-04-22 17:14
LAN :O
2021-04-22 16:12
about time!!! cologne, what a fitting start!
2021-04-22 16:13
Leggooo
2021-04-22 16:13
LETS GO!!!!!
2021-04-22 16:13
Huh.. Can't wait 😎💯
2021-04-22 16:13
I hope these plans won't be changed again
2021-04-22 16:14
ESL also said... -IEM Global Challenge was going to be a LAN - changed to online -IEM Katowice was going to be a LAN - changed to online -EPL S13 play-offs was going to be a LAN - changed to online Sorry ESL, but I'm not getting my hopes up until it's fully confirmed closer to the actual event date.
2021-04-22 16:15
5 replies
yeah but covid already peaked, those announcements were before it peaked. they were hoping that it wouldn't get too big
2021-04-22 16:18
1 reply
They announced EPL S13 play-offs as a studio event in late January 2021; which is WAY after the peak of COVID. Sorry, not keeping my hopes up.
2021-04-22 16:21
Again, they thought Corona will be over and announced Lan. This time they announce lan but IN STUDIO without audience
2021-04-22 16:18
2 replies
#56 They also said the same thing about EPL S13.
2021-04-22 16:22
1 reply
Oh noes, my bad mens.
2021-04-22 16:22
#35
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United Kingdom Tnk11
Omg this would really help out the scene
2021-04-22 16:17
#36
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Poland Roxin
LAN Pog
2021-04-22 16:17
LAN POG
2021-04-22 16:17
RIP Gambit, VP and Heroic
2021-04-22 16:17
#41
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Lebanon Dogman69
lan without crowd is still a joke
2021-04-22 16:17
#42
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Japan ang9r5193
pog pog pog
2021-04-22 16:17
not gonna happen
2021-04-22 16:17
1 reply
if it's just in a studio I can see it happening. Especially since vaccines are becoming readily available. At least by me it seems to be the case.
2021-04-22 16:26
End of online ERA goodbye Heroic, Gambit, Furia Hello to real teams
2021-04-22 16:17
complexity will win cologne
2021-04-22 16:18
YES LAN
2021-04-22 16:18
LETS FUCKING GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
2021-04-22 16:21
They should hold lans in the US or Israel because of the better vaccine rollouts
2021-04-22 16:21
LAN ITS BACK
2021-04-22 16:21
Cmoo
2021-04-22 16:22
jajajaajajjajaja can't wait for another cancel KEKW
2021-04-22 16:22
One more time of postponing,Lol
2021-04-22 16:23
Yeah right 1% we get Lan here another cancel
2021-04-22 16:23
1 reply
+1 True, the big factor is that this virus mutates very quickly.
2021-04-22 17:12
24 teams LAN LET'S GO!
2021-04-22 16:25
the gambit lie is over
2021-04-22 16:26
5 replies
Hobbit= 1 major. S1mple= error 404
2021-04-22 17:11
4 replies
hobbit 30 years simple 23 years
2021-04-22 19:10
3 replies
S1mple has been playing cs for years and still doesn't have a Major.
2021-04-23 05:25
2 replies
He still has 7 long years to win the major, which is the only thing he lacks, obviously he will win it
2021-04-26 01:17
1 reply
In 7 years he will not win any Major.
2021-04-26 16:55
No audience so who cares
2021-04-22 16:27
#81
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China HEIDASHUAi
Yes good news for NaVi
2021-04-22 16:27
9 replies
+1
2021-04-22 16:29
Good news? If China wasn't selfish af NaVi would already have major title,taken at Esl One Rio
2021-04-22 16:33
6 replies
How is it my fault even if there was fault I'm not the CCP Wtf men
2021-04-22 17:31
1 reply
Did I said it's YOUR fault? It's Chinese government fault
2021-04-22 19:03
Would you be actively blaming a western country if the virus happened to start there and got out? I bet not.
2021-04-22 17:32
2 replies
Of course I would,I'm not 2faced beta
2021-04-22 19:04
1 reply
Good
2021-04-22 19:06
#160
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Denmark Notallama
Hahahahahaha no
2021-04-22 18:25
Navi is Lan. Nice
2021-04-22 17:10
LAN EVENT POG
2021-04-22 16:29
#87
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Serbia LtN))
POG
2021-04-22 16:29
#88
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Canada JC_123
finally
2021-04-22 16:29
nice easy for faze
2021-04-22 16:30
THANK YOU CHINA AND COVID PANICERS
2021-04-22 16:31
LAN?! YES!!!
2021-04-22 16:32
So many people getting baited, we have seen this pattern like 5 times by now while other games are back in LAN, fuck off Hope this helps
2021-04-22 16:33
fuck me i hae tickets i wanted to visit
2021-04-22 16:34
#97
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Finland 5way
LESSSSSSSSSSSGOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!
2021-04-22 16:34
#98
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Chile Willy_CV
OK
2021-04-22 16:34
#100
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Russia mshkoda
Nice
2021-04-22 16:36
Hope it actually happens
2021-04-22 16:37
#102
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United States GKaay
FINALLY ESL LANS ARE BACK
2021-04-22 16:39
When will they fucking learn is it like 10th event they are saying no no, this won't be online but then it is online anyway. Stop promising!
2021-04-22 16:39
navi astralis g2 back to smurfing
2021-04-22 16:39
1 reply
Navi I agree, but G2 and Astralis? kkkkkkkkkkkk
2021-04-22 17:08
LAN cancelled in 6 weeks 👍
2021-04-22 16:41
1 reply
+1
2021-04-22 17:08
as a german citizen i can assure you that this lan WILL NOT happen
2021-04-22 16:41
2 replies
#132
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United States onpluto
what makes you say that?
2021-04-22 17:09
1 reply
germanys corona situation
2021-04-22 17:21
so hungry for LANs and crowd reactions............
2021-04-22 16:46
Please don't announce LANs this advanced, you know what will happen lol
2021-04-22 16:47
Doubt
2021-04-22 16:47
finally lan? astralis back soon?
2021-04-22 16:49
1 reply
Astralis was already losing in LAN at the beginning of 2020, accept they are finished.
2021-04-22 17:07
CIS online cheaters are gonna get exposed soon.
2021-04-22 16:53
3 replies
Rip Spirit.
2021-04-22 17:07
2 replies
#184
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Pakistan LoOuU2
SDY, Chopper, Mir have more experience on LANs in front of crowd than VP or Gambit players.
2021-04-22 21:55
1 reply
Oh yes? Funny that Virtus.Pro went to the Berlin major final in 2019.
2021-04-23 05:25
finally, please, i am so sick of this online garbage
2021-04-22 17:02
finally, these online teams wont win at lan
2021-04-22 17:03
Rip Heroic.
2021-04-22 17:06
LAN= Love
2021-04-22 17:06
#128
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Ukraine McSwell
Won't happen. Will be another online tournament, probably won by Heroic or BIG.
2021-04-22 17:07
upd: "with an on-site audience are being put on hold at least until November." nevermind FeelsBadMan
2021-04-22 17:10
GAMBOT KEKW
2021-04-22 17:11
#139
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Ukraine W1ldHunt
LAN LAN LAN LAN LAN LAN LAN LAN
2021-04-22 17:16
#140
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Canada fedezera
POG
2021-04-22 17:19
Now the good CIS teams will have a chance to launch an era, no excuses when the wrecking continues offline as well.
2021-04-22 17:27
Hope it happens correctly
2021-04-22 17:30
#149
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Turkey yeeGeT
noice.
2021-04-22 17:32
Hopefully it is..
2021-04-22 17:36
bout to book flight to the cologne
2021-04-22 17:37
1 reply
why? there is no live audience for this
2021-04-22 19:17
#152
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Russia NOD777
LAN LAN LAN LAN LAN LAN LAN LAN
2021-04-22 17:43
LANS!!
2021-04-22 18:00
with audience?
2021-04-22 18:04
1 reply
no audience lol
2021-04-22 18:13
lan with no audience... whats the point
2021-04-22 18:13
3 replies
#161
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Denmark Notallama
0 ms LAN makes a huge difference in the overall feel on the server
2021-04-22 18:28
2 replies
well yeah i get that but still i feel like the live audience is the thing 90% of people want to see again
2021-04-22 19:18
1 reply
#175
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Denmark Notallama
We will likely see a live audience from certain events in countries where it's allowed. I think BLAST would be able to have a live audience later this year, for example. It's all about whether they think it's worth the investment/scheduling etc. It doesn't really matter what the people want to see if it isn't possible.
2021-04-22 19:35
After month: "ESL One Cologne 2021 to be held online"
2021-04-22 18:34
#164
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Denmark Erkin1
I really hope they will make it so teams are close enough to yell at eachother and trash talk. I know many fans get offended when stewie tells another team to sit tf down, when cadian yells incoherently and so on, but I think it is the only way they can elevate the tournament to feel like more than just another covid tournament with significantly less pressure to perform than normal.
2021-04-22 18:38
nice
2021-04-22 18:43
Let's see if Gambit/Heroic really are "Onliners" like everyone says lmao
2021-04-22 19:57
3 replies
I wouldn't call Heroic onliners.. but about Gambit im sure they are
2021-04-22 20:23
2 replies
You can't be sure until their performance on LAN, from what i know none of the rosters people call "Onliners" have played on LAN for people to be saying "uUh ThEy CaNt Do ThAt On LaN tHo"
2021-04-23 20:38
1 reply
We will see my friend.
2021-04-23 20:40
Good news
2021-04-22 20:00
inb4 will be online
2021-04-22 20:01
#181
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France Uexo
LAAAN PLZ
2021-04-22 20:33
It’s not a true lan if there is no live audience. When will this bullshit end? Oh right, life is never going back to normal
2021-04-23 12:31
Finally some LAN event, even in studio it's still something completely else than this online ones, GJ ESL.
2021-04-23 15:01
Great!
2021-04-23 16:41
Couldnt they do something like in Eleague season 1? Very few fans allowed, all with negative PCR test, but still would feel so much better than with no audition at all.
2021-04-26 16:57
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