ESL is inviting UK gamers to take part in its revised ESL Mobile program to progress up the ladder and compete against invited teams in the ESL Mobile Challenge.
This new mobile esports ecosystem – featuring a combined $650,000 in prizes overall – will allow gamers around the world to compete in titles such as Asphalt 9: Legends, Brawl Stars, Clash of Clans, Clash Royale, Legends of Runeterra, PUBG Mobile and League of Legends: Wild Rift.
After the 2019 launch of the ESL Mobile Open in North America and Europe, the new ESL Mobile program has expanded to reach more players across new regions, game titles and an updated competitive format.
ESL Mobile will offer opportunities to players in over 80 eligible countries spanning three competitive regions (North America, Europe/MENA and Asia-Pacific). ESL has also partnered with game publishers and developers Gameloft, Riot Games, Supercell and Tencent around the initiative.
ESL will host two seasons this year, with the ESL Mobile Spring 2021 season kicking off in April. Each season will consist of two competitive tiers: the ESL Mobile Open and the new ESL Mobile Challenge.
The ESL Mobile Open allows players of all skill levels to compete. Players work their way through two ladder phases and two play-in opportunities for a spot in the ESL Mobile Challenge phase of the tournament. Here, the best players from the Open level will compete against invited teams in a regular season to finals format, and featured in live broadcasts.
While the first season of the tournament will be played entirely online, subsequent finals competitions will be held live at major esports events around the world. As stated, ESL Mobile will offer players a stake in the $650,000 prize pool.
“ESL has made a name for itself building competitive ecosystems across a wide variety of games and genres in the esports landscape. We’re incredibly excited to continue this trailblazing and innovative approach in the mobile esports space,” said Kevin Rosenblatt, co-managing director of ESL North America and general manager of mobile at ESL Gaming.
“Mobile gaming has reached unprecedented popularity worldwide and ESL is thrilled to bring players and fans this competitive and highly engaging program.”
The competition dates are as follows:
- April 12 – May 6, 2021: Mobile Open Play (Ladder #1)
- May 7 – May 8, 2021: Mobile Open Play-In Weekend (Ladder #1)
- May 10 – June 3, 2021: Mobile Open Play (Ladder #2)
- June 4 – June 5, 2021: Mobile Open Play-In Weekend (Ladder #2)
- June 15 – July 7, 2021: Mobile Challenge Regular Season
- July 17 – 18 and July 22 – 23: Mobile Challenge Finals
There’s more information over at esl.gg/mobile
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Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Association up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and as an esports consultant helping brands and businesses better understand the industry.