The newly formed Baltic Esports League (BEL) was created as part of a European system of national and regional leagues, kicking off its first season in 2018. The partnership between Challengermode, the automated tournament platform and digital home for competitive gamers and GameOn – Game Culture Con brought a new structure to Baltic esports and implemented a long-term league solution with stable prize pools and paths to European competitions. The league started with three esports titles: League of Legends, CS:GO and PUBG.
On the weekend of March 9th – 10th, BEL CS:GO joins the league with a qualifier, seeding teams into the regular season divisions. The regular season start will be March 16th with the best-of-three playoffs happening on March 31st. The best-of-five offline finals are scheduled for April. The final date will be announced before the regular season starts and as soon as possible.
The format of BEL is being reshaped into a division-based system from this season. Our goal is to motivate teams to stay together over several seasons, climb the ladder and to strengthen long-term commitment for the future. CS:GO division 1 will consist of six teams, four of them going into play-off stage.
While this is our initial setup for Season 2, future turnout of team sign-ups might mean adjustments regarding division size and depth. This gives us the flexibility to accommodate the right amount of teams and opens the possibility for more teams to compete in higher divisions.
The prize pool for BEL CS:GO Season 2 is guaranteed to have 5.050 € and might be increased with additional sponsors joining the league. Prize money structure will adjust, depending on the number of teams signed up for the league, to assure a fair distribution of the pool and also reward top teams of the lower divisions for being outstanding on their level.
Since we are switching to a division-based new league format, prize pool split and seeding highly depend on the number of signed-up teams. We will adjust this information according to the sign-up process for each discipline.