ESEA Season 33 Global Challenge format changes

Season 33 will feature a significantly different MDL Global Challenge event format which gives teams from Asia and Australia a chance to qualify for the ESL Pro League through our event.

We think this is a fantastic opportunity to take the Global Challenge to the next level by providing more regions with their chance to qualify for the most prestigious CS:GO League. This means that the European and North American MDL winners will no longer qualify directly to the ESL Pro League. Instead, the top two teams from the overall Global Challenge will qualify directly to the ESL Pro League. The format of the LAN event will be modified so it can feature more best-of-three group stage matches.

Season 33’s Global Challenge will feature teams from the following regions:

  • The top 3 MDL Europe teams
  • The top 3 MDL North America teams
  • The top 1 MDL Australia team
  • The top 1 Asia-Pacific Open team

Similarly to previous League seasons, the top team(s) from these regions will qualify to a Global LAN event with their travel and accommodation covered for five players and a coach. The full schedule and groups shall be announced later in the season, closer to the event itself.

Future seasons may feature additional regions depending on their volume of activity. Asia was selected as a fourth region as in recent months we have seen a surge of activity in our Rank Leaderboards as players battle for their share of thousands of dollars in prizes every month on local servers in Singapore, Taipei, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Seoul.

Registration ESEA Season 33 closes on January 6th at midnight PT. Click here to register for ESEA Season 33 today!