ByKen McDonnell, writer at
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The time is upon us. The ESL Pro League for Counter Strike: Global Offensive is returning, and it has some fairly exciting news for the teams competing!

Counter Strike: Global Offensive & $1.5 Million


Last year's seasons for CS GO presented teams with a potential $500,000 for each of its two seasons. A million dollars is certainly nothing to disregard, but apparently it isn't enough for 2016.

The two seasons for 2016 will share $750,000 between them, totaling in a remarkable sum of 1.5 million US Dollars. With this kind of money on the line, I can't imagine how rigorously some of the world's greatest teams are training for this event.

Lots of this I imagine.
Lots of this I imagine.

Last year’s ESL CS:GO events shattered numerous industry records and are setting the bar for a truly exhilarating 2016 season. Here are some of the records that 2015 broke:

  • ESL One Katowice became the first Counter Strike event in history to break one million viewers.
  • ESL One Cologne in Germany then managed to break this record with an astounding peak at 1.3 million viewers. The most watched event in the history of CS GO.

With an additional $500,000 on the line in 2016, we assume that these viewership numbers can only rise. Holy shit.

ESL 2016 - When & Who

February 8th will mark the beginning of the first week in the ESL Pro League, which will carry on until the 14th. The second round and final week of play will take place from the 25th of April to the 30th. Will you be watching both?



  • Question Mark (formerly Team SoloMid)
  • Fnatic
  • Wildcard Slot
  • Natus Vincere
  • EnVyUs
  • Titan
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • SK Gaming
  • FlipSid3 Tactics
  • Team Dignitas
  • mousesports


  • Winterfox
  • Team Liquid
  • EnemyGG
  • Luminosity Gaming
  • Cloud9 G2A
  • OpTic Gaming
  • Counter Logic Gaming
  • Wildcard Slot
  • Method
  • compLexity
  • Sponsorless
The ESL Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Pro League is leveling up this year: we’ll be working on enabling larger offline crowds to follow the action as players battle in matches that could define the rest of their lives." - Ulrich Schulze, VP Pro Gaming at ESL.
Bring it on.
Bring it on.


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