ESL Impact $500,000 CS:GO Women’s Tournament Circuit Announced

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Sports tournament organizer ALS Games shared details of their upcoming CS:GO Women’s Tour, which has been named ALS Impact.

ESL Impact will have two league seasons with live finals, a standalone event and online cash cups for all-female teams. The combined prize pool for ESL Impact will be $500,000 (~£377,000).

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The tournament is part of the #GGFORALL initiative which was announced last year by ESL Gaming. The announcement was followed by heated debate and controversy on social media over women-only tournaments.

Starting March 17, the ESL Impact League will be played and broadcast every Thursday and Friday for six weeks. Eight teams per region will be divided into two groups of four and will play a best-of-three round robin.

The league season will feature a total of 24 teams across three regions: Europe, North America and South America. Two teams from each region will be invited directly, and another six teams will be determined by open qualifiers. The top two teams from each region, along with two wildcard teams, will compete in the Global Finals at DreamHack Dallas in June 2022.

ESL Gaming has also announced that existing Cash Cups take place on the ESEA platform – which is owned by ESL – will be rebranded as ESL Impact Cash Cups and will include dedicated South Africa and Oceania tournaments.

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ESL Impact is the first new tournament to be announced since ESL Gaming and FACEIT were acquired by the Saudi-backed Savvy Gaming Group in January. In an interview with Esports Insider, ESL FACEIT Group Co-CEO Craig Levine told Esports Insider that he will continue to grow the Women’s Circuit program despite the acquisition of Savvy Gaming Group.

Esports Insider says: ESL Gaming’s first women’s-only tournament series has garnered a lot of attention (and controversy) since it was announced in 2021. As the tournament draws closer, we can’t wait to see what the tournament will look like itself, and what the effects will be on the industry.

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