The ESL Pro Series was announced on August 1st, 2002 as the "premier class" of the ESL and started on September 1st, 2002 as the national competition with the highest endowment at that time. The organizer advertised it for a long time as the Bundesliga of e-sports. The disciplines played in the ESL championship changed regularly over the years. With Counter-Strike: Global Offensive , League of Legends and FIFA, three games are currently part of the calendar (as of winter 2016). The winners are considered national champions in their respective disciplines.
A spring championship, a summer championship and a winter championship have been held every year since 2012. Previously they only played two seasons a year. The final of each season is played on a LAN event between the four best players or teams. From the 2013 winter season to the 2017 spring season, so-called cups were held online, in which 16 players or teams took part. In these cups, which were played in the knockout system , the participants accumulated points for each opponent they beat. All of the round of 16 received five points, all quarter-finalists 15 points, the two semi-finalists 30 points, the finalist 50 points and the winner 75 points. After five cups, the eight participants with the most points could look forward to making the playoffs. The finalists were finally determined there. The eight playoff participants from the preseason and the eight best-positioned representatives from the ESL Major Ladder League, which is accessible to everyone, are allowed to take part in the cups . Since the summer championship, the playoff participants have been found again in the round robin system , as was customary until 2013 . Until 2011 there were regular games on the LAN on Fridays during the season , which you could watch on site. These events, which were named after the ESL sponsor Intel and the event day Intel Friday Night Game (iFNG) , were held in various large cities in Germany. The nights came under fire, especially after the Winnenden rampage in 2009, and were then banned in many cities.
While e-sports grew enormously on an international level in the 2010s, the ESL championship lost its importance. In the first season of 2008 (EPS XII) , total prize money of 170,000 euros was paid out in Germany; during the 2015 spring championship, it was only around 44,000 euros with travel expense support. In an interview with 99damage in August 2015, the then mousesports manager Christian “PsYcHo” Lenz described the tournament as a “fun cup”.
In addition to the ESL championship in German-speaking countries, the ESL also organizes national championships in other countries. Examples are the ESL UK Premiership in the United Kingdom or the ESL Mistrzostwach Polski in Poland . The Alpine countries Austria , Switzerland and Liechtenstein also had their own regional championship from 2005 to 2010, the EPS Alps .
- official website of the ESL championship
- Current rules of the ESL championship
- Winner of EPS Germany on eslproseries.de
- Overview of the ESL Pro Series / ESL Championship on esportsearnings.com
- The ESL championship from summer 2017 in league format again. (No longer available online.) ESL, March 25, 2017, archived from the original on April 3, 2017 ; accessed on May 12, 2017 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
- Consequences of the rampage (update) - Stuttgart prohibits ESL Intel Friday Night Game gamestar.de
- Karlsruhe: Intel Friday Night Game finally canceled computerbild.de
- Christian Lenz: The community has also developed positively. Interview: The mousesports team manager in a detailed interview. 99damage, August 6, 2015, accessed August 6, 2015 .