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our story

The history of ESL begins about 20 years ago in the earliest stages of competitive online gaming in Germany. Since then, ESL has not only brought esports into your living room but has also grown into the world's largest esports company. With our top-class Counter-Strike Global Offensive event, the ESL One New York 2019 powered by Intel®, we visit the Barclays Center Brooklyn for the fourth consecutive year in a row. 
During this time, we've already distributed an incredible $750,000 in prize money and had over 40,000 Counter-Strike fans from New York and all around the world. Or how we would describe it: started from the bottom now we're here! So give us a warm welcome, New York!

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check out our recaps from the last 3 years!

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ESL ONE New York 2018

In 2018 the Big Apple was ripe for an upset. Favorites and former ESL One New York powered by Intel® winners FaZe Clan (2017) and Na'Vi (2016) wilted in the group stage of ESL One New York 2018, granting a golden opportunity for new teams to write themselves into the CS:GO history wikis. Despite enjoying a home-field advantage, the horse could not handle the mouse and Team Liquid let a 2-1 lead in the Grand Final slip for mousesports to take their place in the champion's book of ESL One New York winners.

ESL ONE New York 2017

ESL One New York 2017 saw FaZe Clan put on one of the most dominant performances at a tier-one tournament in CS:GO history. The newly assembled European mix came to New York and completely thrashed each opponent they faced. The first casualties were VP and Astralis in the group stage. Moving on to the playoffs, FaZe demolished Cloud9 in the semis and Liquid in the grand final. Not only did they not lose a single map all tournament long, but they only gave up double digits once against Liquid. The entire scene quivered in fear and terror as this monstrosity of a team showed what happens when five all-stars form a functioning team – domination!
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ESL ONE New York 2016

It is difficult to believe, but ESL One New York 2016 was Na’Vi’s very first and to this day only $250.000+ CS:GO title. s1mple joined the Ukrainian roster only two months earlier and big things were expected. They bombed out in last place of their first LAN event together, SL i-League. Next up, ESL One New York, where they unravelled their full wrath for the first and only time. They went through the Swiss group stage with a clean 3-0 slate after beating Liquid, VP and SK with ease. After two BO3 nail-biters in the playoffs, against Liquid in the semis and VP in the finals, finally Na’Vi had earned the right to lift a major CS:GO trophy high over their heads – GuardiaN’s tears were proof of what it meant to them!