ESL Pro League has announced that it will be expanding its coverage to another region coming season 7. The Asia-Pacific region will be the latest expansion of coverage for CS:GO Pro League.
The expansion into the APAC region will include a number of countries in Southeast Asia, as well as China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Mongolia, Australia and New Zealand. ESL Pro League and the World Esports Association (WESA) will continue to expand its program within the APAC region and hopefully be able to create a full league system in the coming years.
To aid in the new expansion, ESL will start the roll out of offline infrastructure, increasing the number of servers which will allow players from the new region to compete in conditions equal to the Pro League’s standards.
Ulrich Schulze, Senior Vice President of Product, ESL expressed his content in the following statement: “This is an incredibly important step on our way to establish a truly global playing field for all professional Counter-Strike players in the world.”
“The APAC region has waited long enough for a proper inclusion in a global gaming circuit. We’re excited to see how expanding Pro League to this region will further significantly strengthen and develop the professional scene.”
Ken Hershman, Executive Chairman and Commissioner, WESA commented on the expansion in the following statement: “We are always looking to expand to different parts of the world and further define Pro League as the go-to place for CS:GO competitions”
“With this expansion, high caliber Counter-Strike gameplay will be available to the APAC region as we broaden our audience and expose Pro League coverage to fans around the globe.”
The upcoming Season 7 of the CS:GO Pro League will feature open qualifiers and season matches held in the new APAC region, where eight teams will ultimately proceed to the APAC offline final. The open qualifiers for the three new regions will take place on March 18 and 25th, followed by the season matches.
Esports Insider says: ESL Pro League has become very popular in the last few years, hosting major tournaments all over the world. By expanding their coverage to new regions, they can look to garner even more popularity in the years to come.