UPDATE: Much-anticipated ESL One Cologne 2020 will transition into an online event due to ongoing COVID-19 measures

Update July 23


MIBR completes the European regional division. Unannounced to the public, the team were originally planned to compete within the offline qualifier, our 'Play-in' stage, in the original format of our Masters Championship. With this information, MIBR made arrangements to be in Europe during the time of the planned tournament, allowing fer and kNgV- to travel back to Brazil during the tournament break to then enter Europe. kNgV- especially wanted to travel to Brazil for the birth of his daughter. With the adjustment to an online format and understanding that travelling back into the US is extremely difficult during these times, we've worked closely with MIBR to grant their request to continue with their original planning and have assigned them to the European Division as one of the originally invited top 24 teams.

North America:

The last two teams to complete the North American division are Triumph and Chaos Esports Club coming through the ESL World Ranking.


The four teams competing in Asia have now been confirmed with ViCi Gaming, Invictus Gaming and Beyond Esports joining TYLOO after successfully qualifying via the World Ranking.


The four teams competing in Oceania have now been confirmed with ORDER, AVANT and Chiefs joining Renegades after successfully qualifying via the World Ranking.
We've now concluded the teams competing in ESL One Cologne 2020 and are excited for the tournament to begin on the 18th of August. 2020 has been a trying time for the fans, the players and our team however we're certain that we will make ESL One Cologne 2020 the most memorable online tournament to date. Be sure to keep up to speed on our Twitter for updates.
Update July 15

After a thorough evaluation we’ve concluded that ESL One Cologne 2020 powered by Intel will transition to an Online Tournament. The decision was made after extensive research and understanding of global travel regulations and individual national guidelines.

The tournament will now be split into four regional divisions: Europe, North America, Oceania and Asia. The dates for the tournament will span from the 18th - 30th of August.

The teams were determined based on a regionalized version of the original ESL One Cologne qualification rule set: via the ESL Pro Tour ranking, ESL Pro Tour Challenger events and the ESL World Ranking.  

With the world’s top teams separated, the tournament will provide the highest ESL Pro Tour points value, but it will not count as an ESL Pro Tour Masters Championship event. The teams will compete for $500,000 in prize money and the other $500,000 will be redistributed equally to Intel Extreme Masters Katowice and ESL One Cologne in 2021.

Regional division & participating teams overview


16 Invited based on

ESL Pro Tour

Winner of ESL

Spring 2020 & EPEC 2020

ESL World

Natus Vincere
G2 ESports
FaZe Clan
team Vitality
Ninjas in Pyjamas
Mad Lions

North America

8 Invited based on

ESL Pro Tour

ESL World

Ranking Invite

invite on July 20th*

Team Liquid
100 Thieves
Evil Geniuses
Furia Esports
Gen.G Esports
Chaos Esports Club
*In order to complete the division, additional teams will be issued an invite on July 20.


4 Invited based on

ESL Pro Tour

Ranking Invite

invite on July 20th*

Vici Gaming
Invictus gaming
Beyond esports
*In order to complete the division, additional teams will be issued an invite on July 20.


4 Invited based on

ESL Pro Tour

Ranking Invite

invite on July 20th*

*The remaining teams will be invited on July 20 after the Valve RMR event; Perfect World Asia League Summer 2020 concludes.

Tournament Formats & Prize Pools

Europe: $325,000

16 teams with two groups of 8. Double Elimination best-of-three series with the Top 4 of each group proceeding to Playoffs. Playoffs consist of 8 teams in Single Elimination best-of-three series. The Grand Final will be played as a best-of-five.

Northe America: $135,000

8 teams with two groups of 4. Double Elimination best-of-three series with the Top 2 of each group proceeding to Playoffs. Playoffs consist of 4 teams in Single Elimination Best-of-three series. The Grand Final will be played as a best-of-five.

ASIA: $20,000

4 total teams. Double Elimination best-of-three series. The Grand Final will be played as a best-of-five with the Upper Bracket Winners holding a 1 map advantage (1:0).

OCEAnia: $20,000

4 total teams. Double Elimination best-of-three series. The Grand Final will be played as a best-of-five with the Upper Bracket Winners holding a 1 map advantage (1:0).
Every year we come together. The fans, the players and the crew. The result is always something spectacular. We’ve tried and our team has gone above and beyond but we will persevere and ensure ESL One Cologne 2020 will be the best online experience it can be. Thank you for reading and be sure to follow us on Twitter for further updates and information.


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  1. Promotion Description: The Warsteiner Music Contest (the "Contest") begins on 10/08/2020 at 18:00 PM (CET) and ends on 18/08/2020 at 11:59 PM (CET) (the "Promotion Period"). By participating in the Contest, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of ESL Gaming GmbH and Warsteiner Brauerei Haus Cramer KG (collectively the "Sponsor"), which shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the giveaway. Entrants should look solely to Sponsor with any questions, comments or problems related to the Contest.
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