ESL Impact women's league set to start
The league, part of the new CS:GO circuit made for women organized by ESL, is set to start on March 17 and will be broadcast every Thursday and Friday during a six-week period.
The tournament will have 24 teams competing in three regional groups in Europe, North America and South America, with each region consisting of eight teams. Two squads have been directly invited to each regional group, while the other spots have been filled out by teams from the open qualifiers.
Teams in each region are fighting for two qualifying spots in order to reach the culmination of the first season — an eight-team, $150,000 LAN final in June which will take place during IEM Dallas. The other two qualifying spots for the LAN final will be determined via wildcard qualifiers, one for South African and one for Oceanic teams.
Regional groups will be played in two round-robin best of three groups, with teams playing each other twice. ESL has also promised to review the format of the tournament after the end of the first season alongside the women players’ council and make adjustments based on their feedback.
Teams that will be playing in the regional stage have also been finalised, with a range of teams competing in all regions; some of the standout names include CLG Red, GODSENT fe and FURIA fe. While HLTV will start covering the games from the regional playoff stage onwards, you can watch the games unfold live every Thursday and Friday on ESL's Twitch channel from March 17 onwards.
Considering the number of women playing Counter-Strike competitively has suffered a sharp drop due to the launch of VALORANT, this is a great opportunity for the female scene to grow and for players to be able to show their ability.
The team list for the regional groups is as follows: