About ESL Play

The professional gaming or electronic sports, short esports, is the competitive way to play online games. ESL Play offers a variety of esports events, no matter what skill level you're based.

ESL Login / Register

An ESL account is necessary to take part in the provided competitions. If you already have an ESL account, log in with your usual ESL account details. If you do not already have an ESL account, you must register.

There are 2 steps to registering:

  1. Fill in the registration form (?)
  2. Confirm your account by following the link sent to your email address

Game ID

To be eligible to take part, all players must enter their Game ID. This can be done at the Game ID step of the League Widget. (?)

This could be a PlayStation Network ID, a Xbox Live Account, a Steam ID, an Origin ID or something else (such as ingame nicknames), depending on the game.

For some game IDs we have a direct linkage to the provider and you can add and manage your game ID by logging in/out and (dis)connect it to your ESL account (?)

Supported Options: Battle.net, Origin, Oculus, Playstation Network, Steam and XBOX Live.

If you or any of your team have problems, please contact support.

Sign up to a competition

At first, you need to choose a game franchise from the main menu. (?)

Depending on the franchise, you can now select a region, platform or a specific game you like to play. (?)

If you have done that, you can browse the upcoming competitions in the content area. (?)

Once you found a competition to take part in, you click on it and follow the instructions on the League Widget. (?)


Because tournaments such as cups and premierships have a fixed start date, you have to pass the signup/checkin process. First of all you have to follow the instructions of the League Widget (?), such as enter a game id (?). Now you can sign up for a competition by following the league restrictions and accepting the rules (?). The sign up is usually open till 30 minutes before the cup starts.

30 Minutes prior cup start, the check in begins. Now you can confirm your sign up by checking in. You will have up to 30 minutes to do so. If you missed the check in you will be able to participate by using the late sign up where available.

Playing a tournament

If you checked in to a tournament you will have to wait until the tournament pairings are created to get your opponent (?). Your League Widget (?) will update automatically. You will find all information needed on the info page (?) and in the rules.

As soon as you got an opponent, you can contact them and start playing. Use the ESL match chat (?), the official Discord servers or contact them in game by using his Game ID. If you have a general question, you can use the support button in the menu (?) but if you have a problem with your match, you should use the add protest option in the League Widget (?), or through this link where available.

Team Account

In some leagues and tournaments you need a team to participate (?). You can:
  1. Choose one of your already existing teams on the left (?)
  2. Create a new team by typing in the team name (?)
  3. Join a team of your friends by asking them for the join link

Team Status

Your team needs to fit the requirements. In the team status you can see what’s missing. For example you would need 4 players in your team with added Game ID’s. If you don’t have enough members, you can use the link to join a team to invite friends to your team. (?)

Until you invited your friends. (?)

If your team meets all the requirements, you are ready to sign up and check in.