What is the ESL Open League?

The ESL Open League is open to each and every team. All you need to participate is to sign up and play. Get your competitive career started and build up a reputation for your team through a season consisting of group stages and playoffs.

Past Competitions

Frequently Asked Questions

Group stage is the SWISS system with 7 playdates. Each playday will be every Tuesday at 8:00PM CET/CEST. The top 16 teams will advance to the Playoff Finals. The system automatically calculates a tiebreaker. In case this tiebreaker is the same seeding for 2 or more teams, a decider match will be held.

There will be one match per week. We are fine, if you and your opponent find a date on your own, where it fits best. You schedule the matchday up until 24 hours before the next match (so, 6 days after the initial matchdate)

ESL Anticheat
ESL Anticheat is required for all matches in the ESL Open League. ESL Anticheat supports Windows 7, 8.1 & 10 in 32 and 64 bit. If you are using Windows 8, you can upgrade to 8.1 for free.
Playing without ESL Anticheat will result in a default loss.

ESL provides 128 tick high quality servers to play on. It's allowed to play on another server if one party wishes to do so (e.g. due to ping problems). If you do not want to play on the ESL server, you need to have your own server. If both players/teams should have a 128 tick server available, the match is going to be split over two servers. The server of the player/team which is on the left side in the match sheet will be used for the first half of the match. The other server for the second half of the match.

Please remember to record your POV demo for each map.

If you have any questions about ESL Open League, don't hesitate to ask us and open a support ticket.


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