The ESL Pro Tour 2024 schedule has been released, and it includes seven Masters and Championship events as well as six Challenger tournaments.
IEM Katowice and IEM Cologne, two of ESL’s most prestigious LAN tournaments, will return as ESL Pro Tour Championship-level events in the Spring Season, drawing crowds to the legendary Spodek and Lanxess arenas to watch teams compete for a total of $2 million in prize money.
While the dates of January 31-February 11 for IEM Katowice are similar to those of the 2023 event, they leave teams with little time to prepare for the PGL CS2 Major Copenhagen Europe RMR, which begins on February 14 and is widely expected to be one of the most significant tournaments of the year.
Meanwhile, the range of dates for IEM Cologne has been brought up by two weeks. Instead, the two Championship events’ finals will be played out as best-of-five series from August 7-18 in a city in west Germany.
When compared to ESL’s Pro Tour in 2023, the number of hosted events has decreased significantly. The organizer had planned more than 40 tournaments for the year, the vast majority of which were ESL National Championships.
— ESL Counter-Strike (@ESLCS) September 21, 2023
There has also been a significant adjustment made to the length of ESL Pro League competitions. The current ESL Pro League season runs for five weeks (August 31 – October 1), however future seasons will only run for three (April 23 – May 12 for Season 19 and September 3 – 22 for Season 20).
In light of this major shift, ESL has announced that going ahead, two groups will play out simultaneously instead of one week each group as is presently the case.
IEM China will take place in a city that has not yet been revealed from April 8-14; IEM Dallas will return for a second run from May 27-June 2 following ENCE‘s victory in Texas in May; and IEM Fall will begin on October 7 in a city that has not yet been revealed.
Two of the four ESL Challenger LAN competitions scheduled for 2024 will take place in Europe, with the other two still to be determined.
In a few months, on December 15-17, ESL Challenger Atlanta 2023 will take place in Atlanta, Georgia, marking the organization’s return to the state after its North American Challenger event was held there from October 4-6. The fourth Challenger competition will take place on April 26-28, albeit its exact site is still up in the air.
ESL Challenger League is making its way back onto the Pro Tour schedule, and it will host the final two Challenger tournaments. Season 47 of the online tournaments will run from February through June, and Season 48 from July through November, catering to players from Europe, North America, South America, Asia, and Australia and New Zealand.
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