ESL has today revealed the full tournament schedule for its ESL Pro Tour for StarCraft II, and it runs from May 2022, to February 2023. The EPT for StarCraft II combines the past legacies of Blizzard, DreamHack, and ESL, ensuring an open system for everyone to participate and watch.
The circuit features three core ESL competitions: DreamHack SC2 Masters in Valencia, DreamHack SC2 Masters in Atlanta, and culminating at Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2023 where the official World Champion will be crowned. With regards to uncertainty brought by the ongoing pandemic, the events are spread between LAN and online events, with spectators allowed at DreamHack festivals.
With a total of over $1.3M in prize money up for grabs across the whole tour, the newly-announced calendar marks the third year of ESL’s partnership with Blizzard Entertainment, and will see closer collaboration with tournament organizers to support ESL’s ‘Zero To Hero’ player pathway.
The schedule also features the brand new introduction of partner tournaments that will see ESL Gaming working closely with TakeTV and Team Liquid as their tournaments – Home Story Cup 21, TSL 9, and Home Story Cup 22 – now join the ESL Pro Tour. These partners have a history of great contribution to the StarCraft II community, and their inclusion in the ESL Pro Tour creates a more meaningful calendar for both players and viewers.
“We are proud to share the 2022/23 plans for our ESL Pro Tour SC2 tournaments,” said Shaun Clark, Director Product Management at ESL Gaming. “Our SC2 work with Blizzard Entertainment has gone from strength to strength, and we have some really exciting plans in the pipeline as we look to work closely with tournament organisers new and old.”
“ESL has been an incredible steward of StarCraft II esports,” said Joshua Owyang, Senior Manager of Global Esports at Blizzard. “We are thrilled with what is to come in 2022. It’s bound to be another brilliant year for one of the greatest competitive games ever.”
In line with all ESL Pro Tour competitions, the SC2 calendar supports players globally through Online Qualifiers and Regional competitions. The supported regions are Europe, North America, Latin America, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Oceania, and the Rest of Asia, giving plenty of regions and players a chance to compete at the high tier of Pro League events.
You can see more details about the upcoming Pro Tour for StarCraft II at the official website located here.