ESL has announced the ESL Impact 2023 schedule to reaffirm its commitment to Counter-Strike for women.
With the finalists of ESL Impact League Season 2 ready to travel to DreamHack Winter for a showdown this week, ESL Faceit Group has announced details of the 2023 program for the all-female CSGO circuit – ESL Impact – which is premiering before announced a year ago.
ESL Impact, which aims to empower women to rise to the top, has brought several top eSports organizations onto the women’s scene and signed a women’s roster that has over $370,000 in prize money across 20 cash cups , two league seasons and a singles tournament spread event.
Viewers watched the live broadcasts, the season one finale at DreamHack Dallas and the standalone event at DreamHack Valencia were played in front of audiences, with Nigma Galaxy being crowned champions twice. And UK casting talent like Veracity were on board at the ESL Impact finals earlier this year.
The remainder of 2022 also includes two more Cash Cups and the live ESL Impact League Season 2 Global Finals ahead of us, and nearly $130,000 in prize money still up for grabs.
For 2023 the following ESL Impact events will take place:
ESL Impact at Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) Katowice 2023
● February 10-12, 2023
After two Open Qualifiers in December 2022, the two top teams from Europe, North America and South America will compete live against each other at a standalone event during IEM Katowice 2023.
ESL Impact League Season 3
● March-April 2023
The eight best teams from Europe, North and South America compete against each other in their regional online league. The top two teams per region qualify for the Global Finals.
ESL Impact League Season 3 Global Finals in Dallas
● June 2-4, 2023
The top teams from all five regions will compete for a share of the $150,000 total prize pool and the coveted title, competing in front of a live audience in Dallas, Texas, USA.
ESL Impact League Season 4
● September-October 2023
Following the same format as Season 3, the ESL Impact League will continue to see the best teams from Europe, North America and South America compete online for a spot in the Live Global Finals.
ESL Impact League Season 4 Global Finals in Hanover
● 15th-17th December
At a meeting in Hanover, Germany, the top two teams from three league regions will compete for the season title and a share of the $150,000 total prize pool.
The Cash Cups will also return in 2023 with a total prize pool of over $100,000. Further information and details will follow at a later date.
“It’s amazing to see how the right infrastructure has already helped countless women focus on what they love and take their skills to the next level,” said Charlie Sirc, product manager for game ecosystems for CSGO at ESL Faceit Group.
“From individual women who have significantly improved their gameplay to some major esports organizations investing in a women-only roster, 2022 has already seen more success stories than we could have imagined. And we look forward to improving the track even further in 2023 and beyond.”
Launched in early 2022, ESL Impact is one of the initiatives of the ESL Faceit Group’s #GGForAll program. Following the belief that “It’s not GG [Good Game] until it’s GG for all,” #GGForAll initiatives aim to fight discrimination, promote diversity and inclusion, promote mental well-being and advance environmental sustainability in sport.
“Not only is ESL Impact making a big mark on the esports industry, it has opened up many opportunities for women (and men) from all backgrounds to get actively involved behind the scenes, making ESL Faceit Group more diverse and inclusive.” said Claudia Beaton, VP PMO, People and Culture at ESL Faceit Group.
“We can’t wait to see what positive changes other and future #GGForAll initiatives will bring about.”
For more information, visit the ESL Impact official website
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University in 2007 with a 2-1 degree in multimedia journalism.
A longtime gamer who first encountered the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a number of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV, and Riot Games, among others. He worked as Head of Content for the British Esports Association until February 2021 when he returned to work full time at Esports News UK and as an Esports Advisor to help brands and businesses better understand the industry.