The ESL Pro Tour announced their StarCraft II eSports tournament schedule on Friday. The events will take place from May 2022 to February 2023. A total prize pool of $ 1.3 million is at stake throughout the tour.
These StarCraft II gaming events will combine the past legacies of Blizzard, ESL, and DreamHack. The aim is to create an open ecosystem in which interested participants can either play or follow the tournaments.
This is how the StarCraft II circuit works
There will be three main ESL competitions:
- DreamHack StarCraft II Masters in Valencia (May 18 to June 5 and July 1 to July 3)
- DreamHack StarCraft II Masters in Atlanta (September 28 to October 16 and November 18 to November 20)
- Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2023 (February 11th to February 16th)
The StarCraft II World Champion will be crowned at the Intel Extreme Masters event, which will take place February 11-16, 2023.
The schedule will also have partner tournaments with TakeTV and Team Liquid competitions.
DreamHack festivals and more
There are currently plans for the return of the DreamHack festivals, the press release said. There will also be a mix of LAN and online tournaments.
“We are proud to announce the 2022/23 plans for our ESL Pro Tour SC2 tournaments,” said Shaun Clark, Director Product Management at ESL Gaming.
Clark added that the esports company’s work with Blizzard “has gone from strength to strength.” There will be exciting plans in the pipeline as ESL Gaming begins to work closely with new and old tournament organizers.
“ESL has been an incredible steward of StarCraft II esports,” said Joshua Owyang, senior manager of global esports at Blizzard. “We are excited about what will come in 2022. It will certainly be another brilliant year for one of the greatest competitive games of all time.”
The tour will allow players to compete worldwide through online qualifiers and regional tournaments. Supported regions include North America, Europe, Latin America, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, Oceania, and the rest of Asia.