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August 23, 2020

ESL Pro League Season 12 To Take Place Online, 2021 Editions in Malta

ESL Pro League Season 12 To Take Place Online, 2021 Editions in Malta

ESL Pro League Season 12 will take place online, the tournament organizer has announced. After initially exploring options to host the event in a LAN setting, the global pandemic has forced yet another ESL event online. 

ESL Pro League Season 12 will return to a LAN setting in 2021. Both ESL Pro League sessions in 2021 will take place in Malta. 

When Will ESL Pro League Season 12 TakePlace?

ESL Pro League Season 12 will take place from September 1 and October 6, 2020.

ESL Pro League Season 12 will comprise five regional tournaments. The tournament will represent all five regions in CS:GO. ESL had raised hopes of a LAN setting for ESL One Cologne and ESL Pro League if teams could travel together. 

With global travel restrictions continuing into the second half of the year, ESL has had to move two of its biggest tournaments online. ESL One Cologne is currently underway with the world’s best CS:GO teams competing online. ESL Pro League Season 12 will also continue online. 

What Is the Prize Pool?

ESL Pro League will have a massive $750,000 prize pool. The majority of this prize pool goes to the European division followed by North America. Here is the complete prize pool distribution by region for ESL Pro League Season 12. 

  • Europe: $450,000.
  • North America: $225,000.
  • Asia: $25,000.
  • Oceania: $25,000.
  • South America: $25,000.

ESL Pro League’s 2021 Sessions Will take place in Malta

“The agreement with GamingMalta enables us to offer an amazing setting to the worldwide esports community,” ESL CEO Ralf Reichert said in a statement. “Malta is a progressive country with its finger on the digital pulse combined with a beautiful Mediterranean ambient which partnered with us for a phenomenal 11th season of the world’s largest professional esports league in CS:GO. We couldn’t be more excited for this partnership to bring the growth of esports and beauty even more together.”

According to HLTV, ESL Pro League was also set to take place in Malta. However, the two parties have come to a mutual understanding to extend their partnership into 2021. 

The 2021 ESL Pro League tournaments will feature the same tournament format agreed upon by the 13 partner teams in the Louvre agreement. 

Also read FunPlus Phoenix targeting ALEX to form new CSGO roster. 

Published at Thu, 20 Aug 2020 13:36:59 +0000

FunPlus Phoenix Looking to Form New CSGO Roster around ALEX

Chinese esports organization, FunPlus Phoenix is actively targeting former Team Vitality member, Alex “ALEX” McMeekin, according to a DBLTAP report by Jarek Dekay Lewis.


ALEX has been out of action since early 2020 when the in-game leader stepped down from the active roster. The pressure of constant competition resulted in burnout and the player took a break from competitive play. Meanwhile, Vitality added misutaaa to the roster. The new squad has looked very strong and is currently the second best team in the world.


FunPlus Phoenix has expressed interest and is actively pursuing ALEX. Image Credit: EPICENTER


In recent interviews, ALEX has expressed an interest to return to competitive CS:GO. But with Vitality being at the top of its game, there is a very low possibility of the French team looking to change the roster once again. 


FunPlus Phoenix has had a tough entry to CS:GO. The Chinese organization is a founding member of the FLASHPOINT League. The team came close to signing a deal with Heroic for its CS:GO roster. However, Patrick “es3tag” Hansen signed with Astralis and the FPX-Heroic deal fell through. 


FPX’s courted Swole Patrol players but was unsuccessful. The Bad News Bears roster took FPX’s slot in FLASHPOINT Season 1. FPX had a poor start to the season and ended up in the 7-8th place, winning $35,000 in the process. 


ALEX has a high buyout price of $600,00 which has proved to be a deterrent to other teams such as FaZe Clan. Whether FunPlus Phoenix will be willing to pay this buyout and form its CS:GO roster around ALEX is still up for debate. 



CS:GO insider neLdirekt claims ALEX’s future is still uncertain. The player might also make a transition to VALORANT like many other former CSG professionals. 

FLASHPOINT Season 1 took place online as the coronavirus pandemic meant teams and players were unable to travel freely. 

Published at Thu, 20 Aug 2020 12:30:58 +0000

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