Cologne 2014 CS:GO Championship

at gamescom 2014 in Cologne, Germany

ESL to host its second $250,000 CS:GO tournament this year as ESL One Cologne 2014
Tournament at gamescom 2014 to follow record-breaking event in Katowice (Poland)

Cologne, 19 June 2014 – ESL is yet again set to gather the best Counter Strike: Global Offensive teams from around the world to fight for a community funded prize pool of $250,000. Continuing ESL’s tradition of support for the CS:GO community, the announcement comes off the back of ESL’s record-breaking Counter Strike event in the Spodek Arena (Katowice, Poland) earlier this year.

The most recent CS:GO event in Katowice saw Polish team with the trophy and reached an all time viewership peak for a Counter-Strike event. An unprecedented 3.5 million hours watched and over 6.2 million sessions were recorded; data which Ulrich Schulze (Managing Director Pro Gaming at ESL) promises is a sign of things to come:

“After our thrilling event in Katowice, we are excited to once again host a tournament with a community funded prize pool. eSports is a great place to be right now and with the community growing as it is, we’re happy to be given the opportunity to showcase the best in competitive gaming once again. The biggest gaming event in the world is the perfect place to host the best CS:GO teams from all over the globe and all of us here at ESL are looking very much forward to what gamescom has to offer.”

“Having watched the Finals in Katowice it will be absolutely brilliant to watch and Ninjas in Pyjamas take the stage again in Cologne.”

Check out the preview video for a taste of the epic competition you can expect from ESL One. From August 14th – 17th, Cologne (Germany) – the European capital of eSports – is set to see gaming fans from across the world flock to the exhibition centre for gamescom 2014 to experience the latest developments in the industry. Meanwhile, in the middle of it all, ESL One will feature teams battling it out for $250,000.

Qualifying for the Event

Up-and-coming teams will have the opportunity to qualify for the tournament. The competition line-up will include the top eight teams from the Katowice event alongside eight teams decided by regional qualifiers (six from Europe, one from North America and one from Oceania/Australia).

Invited Teams:

  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • Team Dignitas
  • TEAMGLOBAL (former LGB eSports)
  • compLexity Gaming
  • HellRaisers
  • Team
  • Fnatic

“Having watched the Finals in Katowice it will be absolutely brilliant to watch and Ninjas in Pyjamas take the stage again in Cologne. With exciting teams such as Team Dignitas and HellRaisers, who constantly improve their gameplay to surprise their opponents, the tournament looks to be fantastic. Can't wait to see which teams qualify in the coming weeks. You definitely don't want to miss this tournament." said Alexander Nehr, Product Manager at ESL.


For more information about the tournament and qualifiers please visit the dedicated tournament page: To stay up to date on the latest from ESL, check out the eSports magazine

Electronic Sports League (ESL)

Electronic Sports League (ESL) is world's largest, independent eSports brand, leading the industry across various games with numerous online and offline competitions. This includes high profile international and national leagues and tournaments such as the Intel Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL Pro Series, Starcraft II World Championship Series, League Europe, as well as grassroots amateur cups, leagues and matchmaking systems. ESL covers a broad field of services in gaming technology, event management, advertising and TV production, fully catering to the needs of the eSport’s ecosystem. With offices in Germany, Russia, France, Poland, Italy, China and the USA, it has a truly global footprint.

About ESL One

In ESL One, teams and players from all over the world compete in an eSports tournament unlike any other. Featuring the games Dota 2, Counter-Strike Global Offensive and Battlefield 4, ESL One gives out hundreds of thousands in prize money every year. With events taking place in sports stadiums all over the world, it puts the players in front of enthusiastic audiences, cheering them on in their attempt to secure the one trophy and the glory that comes with it.


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