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Concerts, shows and sports events: For almost 20 years, the LANXESS arena has attracted millions of visitors every year. And in July 2020, the famous multi-purpose hall in Cologne will once again be the meeting place for fans from all over the world when the starting signal for the biggest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Event of the year is fired: ESL One Cologne 2020 in the Cathedral of Counter-Strike!

As in previous years, around 14,000 visitors will storm into the arena every day from Friday to Sunday and cheer and cheer for three days when their favorite players win a round - similar to the cheering of goals when the super kicker sinks the ball into the net.

What's ESL?

We bring electronic sports to the biggest stages in the world! Several times a year we organize legendary events with prices in the millions and create unforgettable moments for gaming fans. Whether live on location, at the public viewing or at home at the PC - our events are the highlights of the year!

What's eSport

More than just gambling! The term consists of "electronic" and "sport" and describes the competition between two or more players who compete against each other in a computer game. As with any sport, only skill decides every victory - and of course defeat.

Who visits the events?

Fans from all over the world! Whether male, female, old or young, age and gender only play a minor role here. The passion for esport is shared by visitors who come to the stadium to take part in the live matches and cheer on their favourite teams.


Unlike other sporting events, our young visitors are not brushed on riots, but only interested in the action on the big stage. But one thing is certain: trained personnel are on site around the clock and take care that no minors enter the stadium.


Next to the action on the big stage, the arena also invites you to stroll around: Numerous activities such as signing sessions with the teams, shopping opportunities at partner shops, competitions with sponsors round off the joint esport experience perfectly!


Video games and esports are simply a part of it for many young people these days. So how about a little stadium atmosphere as a gift? From a simple weekend ticket to a premium package including drinks and goodies, there's a gift for every fan - goose bumps guaranteed!


On different playing fields, also called maps, two groups, the terrorists and the counter-terrorists, plunge round by round into the battle. Each side has different goals: The terrorists try to place a bomb on fixed spots within the given time and have to protect it until it detonates. The task of the CT's is to prevent this or to successfully defuse the bomb. Both teams have a large selection of weapons, grenades and other aids to choose from, which each of the 10 players can always buy at the beginning of a round.

Anyone who thinks of a pointless hullabaloo is wrong. Because as in any sporting competition, only skill decides victory or defeat - and especially in CS:GO it depends on a whole range of different skills: Lightning-fast reflexes, good hand-eye coordination and strategic thinking in a team are just a few examples that make a successful professional player!

"Keeping our concept for the protection of minors up to date is our top priority. With the increasing number of events this year, our responsibility for the hundreds of thousands of spectators who flock to the stadiums and arenas every year is also growing. We have therefore been working closely with the USK since the beginning of 2016 and have thus set an important starting point for making our events suitable for young visitors in particular and offering them a memorable esport event under the appropriate conditions. Currently Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in Germany from the age of 16 is released and we comply exactly with the official requirements. Even with parental consent or an accompanying person, young people under the age of 16 are not granted access - the trained personnel at the entrance controls pay more attention to the identity cards of the visitors and ensure that minors do not get to the event.

Christopher Flato, ESL Youth Protection Officer

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