ESL announced a full year schedule for 2021 with tournaments planned across multiple esports disciplines.
The company is expecting to be able to return to a regular LAN environment in November, but until then, ESL is planning to host in-person tournaments in a controlled studio setup for CS:GO and Dota 2.
“We’ve made the decision for 2021 to host the majority of ESL and DreamHack tournaments as in-person competitions from within a controlled studio environment. This means that our approach is to generally step away from events with live audiences until later this year,“ said ESL.
“Our expected return to regular live events with audiences is slated for November, however the general guidance may change depending on how local and global guidelines change throughout the year. Due to the ever changing landscape, we will continue to evaluate each individual tournament in order to ensure we are consistently making the right decisions for our players, crew and staff and especially for when we welcome back fans to our events.”
For Dota 2, ESL is planning to host two non-DPC tournaments through 2021. ESL One Summer and ESL One Winter don’t have a set in stone schedule as of yet, but the former is expected to be hosted as studio LAN, while for the latter ESL is hoping that the global situation will allow them to welcome the audience back in a full LAN environment. Both events should be regarded as S tier tournaments, each with a $400,000 prize pool.
For CS:GO, announced both Intel Extreme Masters: Katowice and ESL Pro League season 13 to be held online, with the EPL playoffs planned for a live LAN studio from Malta. The ESL Pro Tour continue as originally scheduled, with over $5,000,000 in prize money, and minor adjustments made to the EPT Masters calendar as follows:
- IEM Katowice 2021 / 16 – 28 Feb / $1,000,000 / 24 Teams / Online
- EPL: Season 13 Malta / 08 Mar – 11 Apr / $750,000 / 24 Teams / Online with Studio Playoffs
- DreamHack Masters Spring 2021 / 29 Apr – May 9 / $250,000 / 16 Teams / Studio
- IEM Summer 2021 / 03 – 13 June / $250,000 / 16 Teams / Studio (prev. IEM Melbourne)
- ESL One Cologne 2021 / 06 – 18 Jul / $1,000,000 / 24 Teams / Live Event LANXESS
- EPL: Season 14 Malta/ 08 Sep – 10 Oct / $750,000 / 24 Teams / Studio
- IEM Fall 2021 / 14 – 24 Oct / $250,000 / 16 Teams / Studio
- IEM Winter 2021 / 02 – 12 Dec / $250,000 / 16 Teams / Live Event Asia
With IEM Fall overlapping for now with the already announced PGL Major, ESL stated that they are working on a solution and will update the fans as soon as they reach a conclusion.
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