ESL One Germany moves the Dota 2 action online



Some of the more observant users of this site may have noticed that the global pandemic known as COVID-19 isn’t quite over yet. The world’s largest ESports company has noticed. ESL has announced that it will produce ESL One Germany 2020 in an entirely online format.

ESL One Germany is the longest-running professional Dota 2 tournament in Europe. This year’s event will kick off on October 15 and will wrap up on November 1. Sixteen teams from the European and CIS regions will battle it out for a prize pool of US$400,000.

Each of the top six world-ranking outfits—OG, Team Secret, Nigma, Team Liquid, Alliance and—will compete. FlyToMoon,, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Natus Vincere, and HellRaisers will join them. The tournament will also invite a twelfth team, which has yet to be announced.

Four spots up for grabs

In case math isn’t your strong suit, that leaves four tournament spots up for grabs. To fill those slots, qualifiers will take place through late September. The final 16 teams will then compete in a SWISS format. The top eight will progress to double-elimination playoffs and best-of-five finals. According to a September 15 press release from ESL, the Top 5 Dota 2 teams helped draft the format of the competition.

Ulrich Schulze, Senior Vice President Product at ESL, said: “Despite the challenges that face events across our industry currently, ESL One Germany 2020 Online is still set to be a landmark moment in the esports calendar. We are proud and excited to bring together the world’s best teams and to work closely with them to deliver some new and exciting Dota format to our fans.”

For more information and to stay up-to-date with ESL One Germany 2020, head to the official website, Twitter and Instagram.

I have done a lot of different things over the course of my life and professional career. I have interviewed Oscar and Grammy winners and written cover stories for glossy newsstand magazines. I have played guitar in a rock band on national TV and run an independent music label for which I wrote all of the PR and marketing materials. In my spare time, I sweated out a novel about a world where raccoons are kings and dragons are real.

Leave a Comment