ESL One Cologne 2020 is moving to an online format
Teams from North America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania will vie for a share of US$500,000.
ESL has announced that this year’s edition of ESL One Cologne will be online-only, from August 18 to 30. Under ordinary circumstances, ESL would hold the CS:GO tournament at Lanxess Arena. However, the German government has ruled that no large gatherings can take place until the end of August. Thanks again, COVID-19 pandemic!
ESL One Cologne will feature four divisions. Teams from North America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania will vie for a share of the US$500,000 prize pool. The competing squads will represent some of the best-known organizations in ESports, including Fnatic, FaZe Clan, Team Liquid, Team Vitality, and Renegades.
The tournament will not count as an ESL Pro Tour Masters Championship event. According to an ESL press release, it will provide the highest ESL Pro Tour points value for an online tournament.
“ESL One Cologne is one of the truly special events in the esports calendar, and one that players and fans around the world cherish” said Michal “Carmac” Blicharz, VP of Pro Gaming at ESL. “The crew at ESL wanted nothing more than to have players on-site to compete, after an extended period of research and deliberations, we came to the conclusion that the time is not yet right for an in-person competition. Until that day comes, we want to deliver the best online experience we can.”
The dates for ESL One Cologne 2021 have been announced as July 16 to 18. If all goes according to plan, next year’s edition will take place live at Lanxess Arena.