The major CS:GO event organiser, ESL, have confirmed details on their upcoming ESL Pro League Season 9. ESL who are working alongside WESA (World Esports Association) have come to an agreement to move the games from the online-only format and will now transition to a LAN format, meaning plenty of live action for fans and viewers.
Following this complete change up in structure, all matches for those in the American and Europeans regions, will be played in a LAN studio to bring a live audience into the mix. Unfortunately for the Asian Pacific region however, they will still have to follow the online format.
Something to keep an eye on is the changes that have been made regarding how teams can qualify for the playoffs, whilst attempting to fix the oversaturation that currently exists for CS:GO events.
As mentioned, the ESL Pro League 2019 Season will be spread across 3 regions; Americas, Europe and APAC. Each region will have 4 groups of 4 teams that have been seeded based on ESL’s World Ranking. This makes a total of 48 teams with 16 in each region, all aiming to reach the World Finals.
To secure a spot in the World Finals, teams must win their group, if they fail to do so they will have one last chance when a second round of groups is formed from the teams that placed 2nd and 3rd in the original pro league groups.
From this second group that forms, the top two from each group in EU will advance to the finals, however, in America only the 1st place from each second group will be advanced. APAC gets even less finalists, with only two teams having the opportunity to secure a spot in World Finals.
Season 9 of the ESL Pro League will commence on April 12, 2019 and will run over the course of 4 weeks to determine who will make it to the World Finals.