ESL One Cologne forced to hold on
CMD368 – The global pandemic of COVID-19 have forced to ESL to make the official decision to hold ESL One Cologne online. One of the most prestigious events of the year, ESL One Cologne is a fan and player favorite. “ESL One Cologne is one of the truly special events in the esports calendar, and one that players and fans around the world cherish” said Michal “Carmac” Blicharz, VP of Pro Gaming at ESL in the official press release. “The crew at ESL wanted nothing more than to have players on-site to compete, after an extended period of research and deliberations, we came to the conclusion that the time is not yet right for an in-person competition. Until that day comes, we want to deliver the best online experience we can.”
The event will instead be run as four separate regional events (Europe, North America, Asia, and Oceania) with $600,000 on the line in total split amongst the regions. Taking place from August 18th to 30th, ESL One Cologne will still have ESL Pro Tour points given out, however, it will no longer count as an ESl Pro Tour Masters stop nor will it count toward the third season of the Intel Grand Slam.
The revamped ESL One Cologne tournaments will be held from August 18-30 and will provide the highest ESL Pro Tour points value. However, they will not count as an ESL Pro Tour Masters Championship event and will not be taken into consideration for Intel Grand Slam Season 3, which has been put on hold for the time being.