ESL announces women's CS:GO circuit for 2022
The new circuit is part of ESL's #GGFORALL initiative.
ESL has announced its plans for a new women's CS:GO circuit to take place over the course of 2022. With a total prize pool of $500,000, the circuit will include two online league seasons with LAN finals, several online cash cups, as well as a standalone tournament at DreamHack Valencia.
The new circuit falls under the wing of the new #GGFORALL initiative alongside programs related to combatting in-game toxicity and match manipulation.
The main component of the new circuit comes in the form of two regional leagues for Europe and North America, with eight teams from each region fighting for the lion's share of a $75,000 prize pool every season. The top three teams from each league will automatically qualify for the offline finals taking place during DreamHack Dallas and DreamHack Winter. The six teams will be joined by two additional squads qualified from Asia and South America.
DreamHack festivals will also host standalone $100,000 tournaments, with eight teams present by either qualification or direct invites. The first of these LAN events will take place between the two league seasons at DH Valencia on July 1-3.
Accompanying the leagues and offline events will be a series of online cash cups, taking place every month on ESEA with a prize pool of $4,000 split across the four regions.
"By providing an infrastructure equal to their male counterparts, we are thrilled to create more visibility and opportunities for women in the esports space, as well as support them in their professional development and to help make their dreams come true," stated Roberta Hernandez, the SVP People and Culture at ESL Gaming.