Both the 11th and 12th seasons of popular CS:GO tournament ESL Pro League are hosted in Malta because of the coronavirus pandemic. According to the latest cybersport news, the next season of the competition will also be held on the Mediterranean island due to renewed agreement with ESL, hoping to be played in the LAN format.
The world-shaking disease has limited the traditional way of holding international events, and eSports is not an exception. The 11th and 12th seasons of the popular ESL Pro League are set in Malta. In order to continue the further development of cybersport on the Mediterranean island, GamingMalta and ESL event operator signed a new agreement.
It means that the 13th season of the $750 000 prize-pool tournament will be held in Malta, with the hope that it will finally return to the LAN format. Teams and fans are expecting to visit the live event and feel a competitive atmosphere, not from their screens.
How are both organisations dealing with recent problems?
As it is one of the most popular events in CS:GO, ESL Pro League organisers have decided to divide a planned prize pool among the divisions. Twenty-four teams from Europe and CIS regions will fight for the $450 000 overall bankroll, while the winner will get about $100 000. The North American area will divide $225 000, while South America, Oceania, and Asia will get $25 000 each.
Even though the global pandemic has increased limitations significantly, the regarded island receives additional attention. Thus, a non-profit organisation GamingMalta, which is supported by the local government and the Gaming Authority, will be known for holding three ESL Pro League seasons and finals in a row. Both sides of the agreement admit that the attention of the eSports community will be focused on the beautiful Mediterranean country, which is actively developing the whole cybersport direction.