ESL, the competition organizer behind the ESL Pro League and IEM events, and video gaming event organizer DreamHack announced a series of changes slated to take result in 2021. This announcement verifies that the Cologne-based business will institute a brand-new event format that will see a minimum of 16 teams included in ESL Pro Tour Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competitors with group stages and finals covering over the course of 2 back-to-back weekends.

Furthermore, a newly developed studio specifically developed to comply with COVID-safety steps will function as a main center for players, which ESL claims uses present advances in innovation to enhance the video gaming experience for both gamers and viewers around the globe.

The Intel Extreme Masters Katowice, now scheduled for February, will be the debut competitors of ESL Pro Tour CS: GO 2021 and intends to hold competitive play by means of a LAN network inside the recently produced studio. The new format will see ESL and DreamHack host eight Masters CS: GO competitions throughout the year:

Set up changes are the thrust behind a new viewpoint and will see a double weekend format made use of to develop a more balanced competitive schedule. Now, the time between game weekends will be utilized to produce content specific to the gamers who make the playoffs as groups prepare for upcoming matches.

With this in mind, ESL and DreamHack have actually mentioned that the two share the exact same vision of creating an open-ecosystem that “permits striving professional players to rank up and follow the path ‘from no to hero’.” Challenger level competitions will continue to represent opportunities for young talent to reach Masters level competitors.