Instead of holding the traditional CS:GO tournament on LAN this year, compliance with pandemic protocols will force the ESL One Cologne event to be switched by ESL to online play.

The tournament was changed to be played online across 4 regions, which are Europe, North America, Asia and Oceania. The decision was a no-brainer since there are many global travel regulations and individual country guidelines that must be taken into account, but ok. You can check out the betting odds which are just waiting to spill over while you wait for the tournament date.

Just one week ago it was reported that ESL was turning its face towards the online format in spite of their desire to hold it on LAN; the ESL One Cologne has always been one of THE most important annual events, plus it had been earmarked as one of the 2 major events of the 2020 ESL Pro Tour.


The $1 million prize pool that ESL had up its sleeve if the event was played on LAN no longer goes. Now, the teams will have to compete for just a $500,000 prize pool scattered across the regions included in the event. The remaining $500,000 will be allocated by ESL for the 2021 IEM Katowice and ESL One Cologne.

The 2020 ESL One Cologne will be taking place from August 18-30; the initial invites to the event were distributed according to the recipient’s world ranking and ESL Pro Tour ranking. The rest of the 9 teams got invites based on additional ESL world ranking info. Remember to check out those odds, they won’t check themselves!

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