Today we have exciting news to share for the future of ESL Pro Tour StarCraft II. Shopify, a leading global commerce company, will be a key sponsor of the ESL Pro Tour StarCraft II, including Intel® Extreme Masters Katowice 2022

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ESL Open Cups Powered by Shopify

Shopify will sponsor weekly ESL Open Cups to allow all aspiring, talented players to participate in weekly tournaments with an opportunity to win weekly prize money.


  • Asia, Europe, and Americas Open Cups will all increase from a $400 weekly prize pool to $800, until the end of IEM Katowice 2022.
  • They will also pay out more places than ever before, increasing from the places that earn prize more from Top 4 to the Top 8 finishers.


The ESL Open Cups are the foundation of what makes up ESL Pro Tour, and we’re ecstatic to see these continue to grow. 

TLnet Map Contest Powered by Shopify

ESL Gaming, Shopify and TLnet will join forces to host a map contest for community mapmakers to try to find the best new map (more details to be announced).

Shopify Signature Series

The Signature Series is returning, to give voice to the people that make up our competition and highlight who the players are behind the keyboard. We’ll once again take a closer look at what it’s like for the people who dedicate their lives to StarCraft II and share the passion and enthusiasm we all have.

Leading into the IEM Katowice 2022 EPT Championship, we'll be planning six videos with players across all regions. We believe that storytelling is an important cornerstone to our community and want to ensure we can put both professional and amateur players into the spotlight.

Beginning ever so soon, this year’s ESL Pro Tour StarCraft II tour comprises five tournaments in total, including Katowice 2022, to allow new players to make their way to the top. Four DreamHack SC2 Masters tournaments will lead up to the Masters Championship at Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2022. We hope to see you there, and take this journey along with us and Shopify.