ESL (Electronic Sports League) One is one of the world's biggest e-sports competitions. Held in a variety of major cities, ESL events include popular titles like Counterstrike or Defense of the Ancients 2, bringing the world's best players into competition in front of huge live audiences. It's a fantastic event for any gaming fans to attend.
A little background to ESL One
ESL One is a venture of the Electronic Sports League. ESL themselves have been running competitive e-sports events since 2000, and were pioneers in professionalising video game competitions. ESL One is their flagship series of live events, and they aim to be the world's number one event for specific gaming titles. It also provides a companion to ESL's Pro Leagues, which run on a rolling basis and allow professionals to hone their skills before the main event.
Previous ESL One tickets have provided plenty of entertainment for gaming fans and viewers who are new to e-sports alike. The series began in Frankfurt in 2014 as a collaboration with Invictus Gaming, and saw the world's best DOTA 2 players competing. Later events followed in Cologne, New York, Katowice, Manila and Genting, allowing audiences all over the world to see how the pros take on their favourite games.
The events themselves are spectacular. Big screens show the gamers in action, and only large-scale arenas are used owing to the demand for ESL One tickets. It all adds up to an unforgettable experience for anyone with an interest in team e-sports.
Highlights from the history of ESL One
Since the event began in 2014, ESL One has provided plenty of adrenaline-fuelled excitement. For instance, the Katowice 2014 event saw elite teams from Denmark, Ukraine, Great Britain, Poland, Spain, Sweden and Germany battle it out for the Counterstrike crown. Fans were kept informed by expert commentary from Scott Smith and Duncan Shields, while the host nation's Virtus.Pro defeated Swedish team Ninjas in Pyjamas to win the title.
Cologne hosted a memorable ESL One event in 2016. Again, it was another joint venture with Valve, with Counterstrike: Global Offensive taking centre stage. Although Virtus.Pro and Ninjas in Pyjamas were present once again, this time the Brazilian team SK Gaming dominated, beating America's Team Liquid 2-0 in the final.
Then there was Genting in early 2017. This time, the game was DOTA 2 and the action moved to Malaysia - one of the biggest markets in Asia. With $250,000 to play for, the final saw America's Digital Chaos see off Chinese team Newbee to win the crown.