ESL One Cologne 2021 will be hosted in studio format

ESL tournament operator announced its decision to change ESL One Cologne 2021 LAN format with spectators amid worsening epidemiological situation in the world. Participants in the upcoming championship, which will be held from July 6 to 18, will meet face to face in a specially prepared studio with all necessary health and security measures taken.

At the same time, ESL clarified that the next two major tournaments in the series of ESL Pro Tour - DreamHack Masters Spring 2021 and IEM Summer 2021 - will be hosted online in the European region. The possibility of holding the competitions in a studio format have been considered earlier.

According to the current calendar of  ESL events, the next tournament in the arena with an audience could be IEM Winter 2021 at the end of this year. It is expected's expected venue is the Asian region.

Current tournament calendar from ESL:

  • DreamHack Masters Spring 2021 - April 29-May 9 (online)
  • IEM Summer 2021, June 3-13 (online)
  • ESL One Cologne 2021 - July 6-18 (LAN in studio format)
  • EPL Season 14 - September 8-October 10 (LAN in studio format)
  • IEM Fall 2021 - October 14-24 (LAN in studio format)
  • IEM Winter 2021 - December 2-12 (LAN)