Are you and your teammates top fraggers and do you have great teamwork as well? Time to put it to the test! The ESL Proximus Benelux Championship is back for its 14th season, and it's your chance to not only prove you are the best in the Benelux, but also to get access to the biggest tournaments in the world!
Sounds good? Then let’s dive into some details.
When does it start?
The ESL Proximus Benelux Championship CSGO will kick off the 1st of August with the qualifying stage, consisting of 4 Open Qualifiers and a Relegation stage. Then on the 5th of September, 8 teams will battle it out in the Main Stage, taking place over 5 weeks. Capping it off are the finals where the top 4 decide who goes home with all the marbles, details on that will come later.
Who will be taking part?
The top 4 of the previous season will be invited to take part in the season 14 Main Stage. The remaining 4 spots will be filled through the Relegation stage, consisting of the top 3 of each Open Qualifier as well as the bottom 4 of the previous season.
So how can my team take part?
If your team has not taken part in the previous season, your team can qualify through the Open Qualifiers, which are played on ESEA. You are not required to have an ESEA subscription for the qualifiers, so they are accessible to everyone. These are 4 single elimination tournaments where any team can participate as long as 3 out of 5 members have Benelux nationality or residency. Finishing top 3 in a qualifier gets you to the Relegation stage, where you face off against the other qualifier teams and the bottom 4 of the 2022 Summer season. Finishing top 4 in this double elimination tournament qualifies you for the Main stage.
What is the format?
The format will remain the same as last season.
- Open Qualifiers are 4 single-elimination tournaments. Top 3 of each qualifier goes to the Relegation stage.
- Relegation stage is a 16-team double elimination tournament. Top 4 qualify for the Main stage.
- Main stage consists of 2 groups of 4 teams. Each group plays a GSL format over 5 weeks, top 2 from each group qualifies for the Finals
- Finals stage consists of 2 semi finals and a grand final, being played on 1 day. More details on this will follow later.
What is there to play for?
Aside from the glory of being the best CSGO team in the Benelux, the teams that reach the Finals stage are playing for a share of the €10.000 prize pool, but that is not all. Becoming champions gives Benelux teams the fastest way to the top: a chance to play in the ESL Pro League Conference, where a lot more prizes and glory can be gained!
Where can I watch it?
The Main Stage and Finals will be livestreamed on the ESL Benelux Twitch channel. More information on potential other channels will follow later. You can also attend the finals in person! More details regarding timing and location to follow soon.
Want to take part?
The winner of each qualifier also gets an additional €300 prize! Sign up here: