Why the ESL Pro League Season 16 tournament is full of promise

Guest Reporter


ESL Pro League was introduced in early November 2014 by the German-based Electronic Sports League. However, it was until 2015 that the league partnered with North American-based E-Sports Entertainment Association League to provide a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive league with US$500,000 in total prize money in the first season between two continents.


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ESL Pro League was introduced on April 28, 2015. The league exists to be one of the top-ranking professional leagues in the world and one of the utmost leagues in esports. A notable fact about the Season 11 and 12 of the League is that they weren’t held due to the covid-19 pandemic. The following years were held.

Moving on, only a few teams can participate in the ESL Pro League 16 due to how competitive the league is. The reward is huge, the odds are at an all-time high - it’s tons of fun. Learn more about the sixteenth ESL Pro league now!


Attending Teams

The teams that are attending the ESL Pro League 16 are;

  • Ninjas in Pajamas
  • Movistar Riders
  • Evil Geniuses
  • Outsiders
  • Complexity
  • Eternal Fire
  • Endpoint
  • Furia
  • Natus
  • FaZe
  • Astralis
  • Cloud9
  • Vitality
  • Liquid
  • Heroic
  • Spirit
  • ENCE
  • MIBR
  • HEET
  • Fnatic
  • FTW
  • BIG
  • G2


Reasons for Our Excitement Over ESL Pro League Season 16

The tournament is divided into three (3) stages, and each one is equally exhausting. They are; Partner Teams, ESL Ranking & EPL 16 Conference.

Moving forward, the tournament is full of promise, with tons of CSGO predictions going live already. Tons of cash are at stake! For one, winners will receive a $175,000 prize, and an invitation to the Blast premier world finale with a prize pool of $1,000,000, and the 2nd winner will receive $70,000  and $35,000 for the 3rd and 4th winners.

Also, the EPT Masters tournament only accepts the best to attend a few of the prestigious events of the year. The master's tournaments will later receive separate qualifications and an invite.


Prize Distribution

The prize distribution depends on your position.




















ESL Pro League Season 16 Compared to Other Seasons

EPL season 15 was held in 2021, acting as a transitional season with a prize pool of $823,000. League Season 16 is now the biggest CS: GO League, and each team will be given the chance to shine at the DreamHack Summer 2022.


The ESL Pro League Season 16 Conference is Still On

The Conference, which is a new stage, starts on the 16th of June and ends on the 20th.


Contesting teams have a total prize pool of $27,000 to share. Furthermore, the number of participating teams in the Conference is 16. In total, there are six qualifying slots for the ESL Pro League Season 16.


Change in Location

The location has been changed from Sweden (Season 15) to Malta in ESL Season 16. So, the competition will definitely be stiff. Also, the entire season is being hosted offline.


Reduction in Participating Teams

The number of teams participating in Season 16 has been reduced from 32 to 24. This league is also open to every individual who has the necessary skills and dedication to participate.


Newly Added Teams and Sponsors

Team Liquid and TakeTV have officially joined the ESL pro league, Shopify and Intel were introduced as one of the key sponsors of the ESL pro Tour for starcraft 2, and there are changes in the competition tactics and seeding steps.


Compared to ESL Pro League Season 15

Season 15 was the first season to feature the new conference stage in the tournament. The EPL season 15 conference was also held online. The participants in Season 15 were GODSENT, Sprout, Extra Salt, LDLC, Movistar, EF, Anonymo, MAD Lions, Renegades, and Sharks. Also, the champion of the ESL Pro League Season 15 was Fnatic.


Map Pool

The new maps for the ESL Pro League 16 are Dust2, Mirage, Inferno, Nuke, Overpass, Vertigo, and Ancient.


ESL Challenger

Likewise, about sixteen teams will gain their spot in the ESL Pro league through the ESL challenger competitions.


Our Final Say

ESL pro league comes with a huge prize pool that makes the competition worthwhile. So, any team that bags a win is due to their hard work and tenacity not luck.

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