ESL has announced the second edition of ESL One Cologne which will feature a $250,000 prize pool funded directly by ESL.
ESL has announced the fourth big event which is being held under their banner. The first three were funded by Valve, however the fourth one will be directly funded by ESL.
In cooperation with LANXESS, ESL is bringing the CS:GO elite once again to Cologne, Germany, where they will be fighting in one of the biggest eSports arenas in the world on August 22nd-23rd.
The sixteen teams will fulfill this spectacle where it's yet to be announced how the teams will be chosen for this event. The only certain thing is that we will enjoy, once more in a great event, the best world-wide teams battling out for the $250,000 prize.
The venue will be Europe’s second largest multifunctional arena, usually home to ice hockey giants, “Kölner Haie”, which has a 15,000-seats.
"We’re very excited to be the first German arena to host an event of this kind and are convinced that Cologne, as both a tourist destination and as a technology capital, is perfectly suited.
In co-operation with our partner, ESL, we’re looking forward to host some of the world’s best esports players and their fans come August 2015" - said Stefan Löcher, CEO of ARENA Management GmbH
"We had the honour of hosting two US$250,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournaments last year as part of the ESL One esports tour, and this year we plan on stepping it up.
ESL One Cologne is going to be the largest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event in the world. Taking place in the biggest indoor arena in Germany, we’re sure it’ll be a massive hit for fans from all over" - said Ulrich Schulze, Managing Director of Pro Gaming at ESL.
The information on the tournament format and qualification process will be announced in the following days. Ticket sales for ESL One Cologne in the LANXESS arena (August 22nd and 23rd) begin on February 23rd. Tickets will be available on Eventim and all associated ticketing agencies in Germany.