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ESL’s $250,000 Dota 2 Competition Finds New Home in Hamburg

Press Release   •   Feb 01, 2017 17:00 GMT

Europe’s largest Dota 2 festival moves to a new location in Germany, for the eighth installment of the tournament organized by the world's largest esports company, ESL. With its 16,000 seats and world class infrastructure designed to host large scale entertainment and sporting events, the Barclaycard Arena is a fitting new home for ESL One Hamburg 2017. The world’s top eight teams will battle it out for the $250,000 prize pool on October 28-29, 2017.

Since the first event in June 2014, ESL One competitions for Dota 2 attracted over 100,000 visitors to iconic venues in Europe, North America, and Asia, with 30 million unique online viewers consuming close to 30 million hours of content. With ESL One Genting and ESL One Hamburg in the pipeline, the tournament series will have awarded over $2,000,000 in prizing paid out by the end of 2017.

“Having ESL One in Frankfurt for three consecutive years was a tremendous learning experience that showed us how much the Dota 2 community cares about the competitive scene and everything around it,” said Ulrich Schulze, Vice President Pro Gaming at ESL. “We’re confident that with the new location and a better date ESL One Hamburg will once again play host to the world class Dota 2 competition that ESL One is known for.”

ESL One Hamburg will continue the legacy established by three previous editions of the event held in Frankfurt, where the main competition was surrounded by a festival celebrating Dota 2 through side activities for on-site visitors. Barclaycard Arena, with its closed roof and surrounding grounds, makes for an improved location for the festival. Fans can participate in an array of activities, including ESL One’s famous Dota 2 cosplay competition and opportunities to interact with teams taking part in the tournament.

Tickets for ESL One Hamburg 2017 will go on pre-sale early next week and will be available via Eventim. Just like ESL One Frankfurt, fans will have the choice between Weekend (€35), Weekend Plus (€85), Premium (€229) and “Aegis Experience” tickets (€2.999 for 5 people), the details of which will be announced upon the start of ticket sales. Until then, be sure to follow ESL One Dota 2 on both Twitter and Facebook to receive the latest updates regarding ESL One Hamburg.Head to the official event website for qualifiers and event information. Also, be sure to watch our ESL One Hamburg announcement trailer for a first look at what ESL One Hamburg 2017 is all about.

ESL One - In ESL One, teams and players from all over the world compete in an eSports tournament unlike any other. Featuring the games Dota 2, Counter-Strike Global Offensive and Battlefield 4, ESL One gives out hundreds of thousands in prize money every year. With events taking place in sports stadiums all over the world, it puts the players in front of enthusiastic audiences, cheering them on in their attempt to secure the one trophy and the glory that comes with it. www.esl-one.com


ESL, a part of the international digital entertainment group MTG, is the world's largest esports company, leading the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline competitions. It operates high profile, branded international and national leagues and tournaments such as the Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL National Championships and other top tier stadium-size events, as well as grassroots amateur cups, leagues and matchmaking systems. ESL covers a broad field of services in gaming technology, event management, advertising and television production, fully catering to the needs of the esports ecosystem. With offices in North America, Germany, Russia, France, Poland, Spain, China, and partners in many other countries, it has a truly global footprint (www.eslgaming.com).