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.
The BEL League of Legends season kicks of with a qualifying round on February 16th and 17th. The regular season will begin on February 23rd, with division 1 games being broadcast live on the GameOn Twitch channel. Playoffs are on March 10th. The finals date is planned for March 23rd and will be played in a best-of-five series. This date will be confirmed before the regular season start 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.
League of Legends division 1 will consist of six teams, four of them going into play-off stage, while the 5th and 6th-placed team will play the top division 2 teams for the spots in division 1 Season 3. The cherry on top of division one is once again the qualification for Riot Games’ European Masters tournament.
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 League of Legends Season 2 is guaranteed to have 3.200 € 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 bein outstanding on their level.
FOR EACH DIV2 GROUP
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.