ESL One Los Angeles 2020, which was initially planned to be held as an official major tournament on March 15th-22nd in Los Angeles, will now be played online with five regional leagues. The first matches of the event will start on March 28th. Besides that, ESL One Birmingham 2020 will also be played online.
ESL One Los Angeles 2020 will feature 34 teams across five regions, including qualified teams for the major as well as some of the best teams from the minor and from the ESL World Ranking, competing for a total prize pool of $375,000. The biggest region will be Europe & CIS, which will feature 16 teams competing for a $200,000 prize pool. In the Chinese region six teams will fight for their shares of a $55,000 prize pool. The other regions – North America, Southeast Asia and South America – will see four teams competing for $40,000 prize pools.
Currently confirmed participants are listed below:
The format of the competition for all region will be very similar – it will start with a round-robin group stage with best-of-three series and will conclude with a playoffs stage, where regular series will be best-of-three and the grand finals will be best-of-five. In Europe & CIS we will see two groups, while all other regions will have only one group.
ESL One Birmingham 2020 was initially scheduled to be held in Birmingham, UK on May 26th – 31st. Instead, the tournament will also be played online with regional leagues – the competition will take place from May to June, the participants will compete for a $335,000 prize pool. However, ESL are determined to held a LAN-event at Arena Birmingham in 2021 – the tickets will remain valid for next year; however, they also can be refunded by request.