ESL FACEIT Group, the holding company behind ESL Gaming and FACEIT, has announced details surrounding its upcoming season of the ESL Pro Tour.
The season, set to run from January to December 2023, will provide players at all levels with the chance to prove their skills at several competitive tiers, namely EPT Challenger, EPT Masters and EPT Championships.
According to the release, the ESL Pro Tour will feature over 40 tournaments, with the Pro Tour Championships boasting a total prize pool of $1m (⁓£860,000) each. It’s also worth noting that details of tournaments in Asia-Pacific and South America will be revealed later this year.
Moreover, since ESL Gaming and non-profit foundation GamingMalta extended their partnership until 2024, both ESL Pro League events will take place in Malta. All ESL Pro Tour competitions will continue to operate a range of online qualifiers and regional competitions. As of writing, these supported regions are Europe, North America and Asia.
The release also stated that details about ESL Impact’s roadmap for 2023 will be published soon. Within ESL Pro Tour’s current competitive season, the event that’s next in line is Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) Rio Major 2022, commencing on October 31st.
Shaun Clark, Senior Director of Game Ecosystems in CS:GO, commented: “A clear goal each year is to give players, teams, talent, fans, and partners alike the opportunity to plan their year with us well in advance. It’s exciting to be looking forward to over 40+ tournaments around the globe, serving all tiers of the CS:GO competitive pyramid – from aspiring to professional.
“While we’ve planned out these tournaments, our work is not done, as we look to improve and continuously work on putting on amazing experiences for all of our global community.”