Today, we are presenting the ESL Pro Tour Counter-Strike program for 2024, including most locations and all dates. The EPT program is divided into three tiers of competition around the globe, connecting all ESL tournaments and providing a pathway for teams to climb the ranks to ultimately qualify for the EPT Championship tournaments.

Any further details of the remaining tournaments will follow at a later date.

ESL PRo Tour Championship

The history of the games lies within these tournaments, staples of Counter-Strike competition for years; the EPT Championships are where legends are made and dreams are fulfilled. Held twice a year and featuring a  $1,000,000 prize pool and an Intel® Grand Slam Contribution, we are very happy to announce the return of IEM Katowice & IEM Cologne for 2024.

IEM Katowice 2024: The Hall of Heroes returns

Returning to the fan-favorite Spodek Arena. The Hall of Heroes will once again welcome thousands of fans to witness 24 teams compete through three stages from the 31st of January to the 11th of February. The three arena days will span from the 9th to the 11th of Feb, and we will release our first wave of tickets on the 26th of September. The IEM Expo will also return with free entrance, so don't miss out on one of the world's best gaming experiences.

The facts:

  • Date of Event: January 31 - February 11
  • Location: Spodek Arena, Katowice, Poland
  • Prize Pool: $1,000,000 USD 
  • Tickets Available Date: 26 September, 3pm CEST

IEM Cologne 2024: The Cathedral of Counter-Strike 

The Cathedral of Counter-Strike will be the second EPT Championship installment of 2024, featuring 24 teams looking to survive the three stages. IEM Cologne will take place from August 7th to the 18th, with the LANXESS Arena hosting the best fans in the world from the 16th to the 18th. The first opportunity to secure your tickets will be on the 28th of September, so be sure to mark your calendars.

The facts:

  • Date of Event: August 7 - 18 
  • Location: LANXESS Arena, Cologne, Germany
  • Prize Pool: $1,000,000 USD 
  • Tickets Available Date: 28 September, 3pm CEST
No championships are available

ESL PRo Tour Masters

EPT Masters tournaments are where the consistency of teams is put to the test. These are elite competitions where only world-class or aspiring teams compete. The goal: Win an EPT Masters trophy and qualify for one of the EPT Championships, such as IEM Katowice or IEM Cologne.

Divided into 5 tournaments worldwide, 2024 features some exciting updates as we return to China for the first time since 2019, including a return to Dallas with DreamHack and the ESL Pro League format changing from 5 weeks down to just 3 weeks.

More Information and tickets for the ESL Pro Tour Masters events will be available in the upcoming months - we can't wait to see fans from around the world again. 

IEM Chengdu 2024

  • Date of Event: 11 - 14 April
  • Location: Chengdu
  • Prize Pool: $250,000 USD 
  • Global Qualifier details will be announced at a later date, but Chinese Qualifiers will occur this year. The Chinese Closed Qualifier will be played in-person in China. Dates and Registration below. 
  • Open Qualifier #1: October 24 - 25, 2023 | Sign-up here
  • Open Qualifier #2: October 26 - 27, 2023 | Sign-up here
  • Closed Qualifier: November 3 - 4, 2023

IEM Dallas 2024 

  • Date of Event: 27 May - 2 June
  • Location: Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, Texas, USA 
  • Prize Pool: $250,000 USD

ESL Pro League

As we look to keep improving our products, ESL Pro League will return in 2024 with changes to its schedule. The best Counter-Strike league in the world will span across 3 weeks instead of 5. The number of teams and structure will remain the same, but now, two groups will be played simultaneously. Same matches, more intensity, less time,  and a whole lot of Counter-Strike.

ESL Pro League Season 19

  • Date of Event: April 23 - May 12 
  • Location: St Julian´s, Malta
  • Prize Pool: $750,000 USD 

ESL Pro League Season 20

  • Date of Event: September 3 - 22
  • Location: St Julian´s, Malta
  • Prize Pool: $750,000 USD

IEM Fall 2024

  • Date of Event: October 7 - 13
  • Location: TBA
  • Prize Pool: $250,000 USD

ESL PRo Tour Challenger

The EPT Challenger competitions boasts the teams trying to make their way to the top, divided into two tournaments: 

ESL Challenger 

ESL Challenger offers an opportunity for teams to compete at higher levels and in front of fans. A global footprint that gives qualification to the Masters level in ESL Pro League. 

  • ESL Challenger Melbourne: April 26 - 28 / Hosted at DreamHack Melbourne 2024 at the Melbourne & Olympic Parks in Melbourne, Australia
  • ESL Challenger Jönköping: June 14 - 16 / Hosted at DreamHack Summer 2024 at the Elmia Congress & Concert Hall in Jönköping, Sweden
  • ESL Challenger Atlanta: October 4 - 6 / Hosted at DreamHack Atlanta 2024 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
  • ESL Challenger Katowice: November 22 - 24 / Hosted in ESL Studios at Katowice, Poland

ESL Challenger League

The ESL Challenger League has 2 seasons run online throughout the year. For 2024, the ECL will add South America and, Australia & New Zealand to its circuit as we continue to widen the reach and opportunities to aspiring regional teams, with the latter’s extension beyond Season 48 being evaluated before the end of next year. 
These divisions will give direct qualification to EPL for the winning teams.

ESL Challenger League Season 47

  • Date of Event: February - June
  • Location: Online
  • Regions:
    • Europe
    • North America
    • South America
    • Asia
    • Australia and New Zealand

ESL Challenger League Season 48

  • Date of Event: July - November
  • Location: Online
  • Regions
    • Europe
    • North America
    • South America
    • Asia
    • Australia and New Zealand 


Like you, we breathe Counter-Strike and look to honor the greatest FPS game in history during 2024.

To keep up to date with our plans for 2024, head to or follow ESL FACEIT Group and ESL on , FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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