Finally! After we got news that 3 teams from the Oceanic region will be competing at IEM Sydney 2018, comes word that ESL is expanding the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive CS:GO Pro League with the addition of a new Asia-Pacific division. Which will include teams from Southeast Asia, China and Australia/New Zealand in Season 7.
With plans to expand into additional territories in the future. What's great about today's announcement is that ESL will begin rolling out additional offline infrastructure, adding servers, and other technical wizardry to ensure that conditions will be on-par with Pro League standards.
“This is an incredibly important step on our way to establish a truly global playing field for all professional Counter-Strike players in the world,” said Ulrich Schulze, Senior Vice President of Product at ESL. “The APAC region has waited long enough for a proper inclusion in a global gaming circuit. We’re excited to see how expanding Pro League to this region will further significantly strengthen and develop the professional scene.”
Open qualifiers are set to take place on March 18 and 25, where Season 7 matches will then determine who makes it to the APAC finals set to take place at ESL Studios in Sydney. From there the top two teams will then secure a spot at the global CS:GO Pro League Finals in Dallas, Texas on May 18-20.