Leading esports teams join ESL and DreamHack circuits
ESL and DreamHack, the esports promoters owned by Sweden’s Modern Times Group, have today announced an agreement with 13 global teams to participate in their esports circuits.
Under the deal, which was signed following a meeting between the teams and ESL in Paris last month, Astralis, Complexity, Evil Geniuses, Ence, FaZe Clan, Fnatic, G2 Esports, Mousesports, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Team Liquid, Team Vitality, and 100 Thieves will compete in ESL and DreamHack competitions, such as the ESL Pro League.
The signatories represent all of the top 10 ranked esports teams in the world.
ESL and DreamHack said the agreement will introduce a new structure for the ESL Pro League, grant partner teams a share of revenues from ESL Pro Tour competitions, instil a global division for ESL Pro League and regulate the way teams can influence the competition.
Jørgen Madsen Lindemann, president and chief executive of MTG, said: “We are pleased to see this agreement which further establishes the ESL Pro Tour as the leading esports circuit format globally. This serves as yet another example of ESL and DreamHack’s shared ambition to build and commercially professionalise the global business of esports.”
Last month, ESL and DreamHack agreed a three-year strategic partnership with Blizzard Entertainment, the esports game developer, to incorporate its games into the new Pro Tour format.
The first ESL Pro Tour will get under way this year, bringing together more than 20 Counter Strike: Global Offensive tournaments on five continents offering combined prize money of over $5 million.