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.