Open Cup Changes in February

A bit less than a year ago we welcomed Shopify as one of the key sponsors of the ESL Pro Tour for StarCraft II. Their presence heavily contributed to the circuit, impacting from our most prestigious competitions and content pieces, to its basis with the Open Cups. We thank Shopify for joining us in this ride and we would like to announce the following changes on our weekly competitions starting on February 14th:

Prize Money $400 per Open Cup

The prize distribution will be returning to the value of $400 USD per regional competition, being this amount split between the Top 4 players in a 200/100/50/50 fashion.

Change on the competition format & Seeding process

With less at stake, including ESL Pro Tour Points, during the off season we are reducing the series size of our semifinals from Best-of-Five (bo5) to Best-of-Three (Bo3).

Also for the off season alone, the seeding will no longer follow our original announcement and the Open Cups seeding will be built based on the 2021/22 Open Cups outcomes only.

Live streaming coverage & Replay distribution

While our competitions are decreasing in size and rewards, good starcraft is one you can watch, and we are extending the coverage to players and community figures that want to adventure themselves into streaming.

All players that decide to cast will have to apply and work together with our admin teams in order to keep everything running smoothly and within the standards we need. But, it is worth mentioning that regular full time streamers and content creators will keep their priority access to in-game lobbies..

Together with lobby access being granted to players, a particular point has been mentioned: they will be able to collect replays from possible opponents. In order to prevent exclusivity, we will be pushing for the public sharing of the replaypacks of the Open Cups until the end of the off season.


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