ESL One Cologne, one of the premier events on the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive schedule, will move to a regional competition held online because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our team went above and beyond trying to make ESL One Cologne 2020 ... happen offline this year, but after a thorough evaluation we’ve concluded that we have to transition to an Online Tournament,” said a note posted on the event website. “The decision was made after extensive research and understanding of global travel regulations and individual national guidelines due to ongoing COVID-19 measures.”
The event was scheduled to be held Aug. 18-30 in Cologne, Germany.
Instead, ESL will hold four regional events with a total prize pool of $500,000. ESL Pro Tour points will be awarded, but it will not be considered a Pro Tour Masters event or count toward the Intel Grand Slam.
Currently qualified scheduled teams by regions and prize pools:
Europe ($325,000 prize pool):
Astralis, fnatic, Natus Vincere, G2, mousesports, FaZe Clan, Team Vitality, Ninjas in Pyjamas, BIG, Sprout, Heretics, complexity, OG, heroic, MAD Lions, one team to be determined
North America ($135,000 prize pool):
Team Liquid, Evil Geniuses, 100 Thieves, FURIA, Cloud9, Gen.G, two teams TBD
Asia ($20,000 prize pool):
TYLOO, three teams TBD
Oceania ($20,000 prize pool):
Renegades, three teams TBD
--Field Level Media