ESEA has announced the details of its upcoming seasonal league. Registration for the league is currently open on the ESEA website and will remain so until January 24.
ESEA Season 40 Open APAC will offer more than US$200,000 on the table across divisions in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Australia/New Zealand, South Africa, and Latin America North and South. However, the exact prize breakdown will be announced in the first weeks after registration closes when the team numbers are locked in for each division.
As previously mentioned, the registration will be closed on January 24th, 2022 at 11:59 pm PT, with the schedule to be released on January 27th. Once registration closes, there will be a couple of days for teams to get paid up, submit their vetoes, and schedule their first matches, which will be able to be scheduled from Friday, January 21st with the first default day occurring on the 31st. All regular-season matches must be completed by the evening of the 20th in order to begin the playoffs.
The ESEA League provides an organized schedule where teams are matched with opponents of similar win rates. More information can be found in the league’s blog post on ESEA. Other than that, ESEA has set the end of the league on April 10th.
For Season 40 moving to Season 41, teams will qualify to the ESL Challenger League exclusively through the ESEA Asia-Pacific Open division, similar to how Australia/New Zealand Premier has historically operated. With the increase in prize money, both the Challenger League and Open division in Asia-Pacific will now have an entry fee consistent with ESEA’s other regions.
At the time of writing, ESEA Season 38 Open APAC has concluded, with Born in the East emerging as champions, defeating Philippines’ Moon Esports 2-0. (Nuke 16-11, Vertigo 16-5). The Russian squad took home a US$2,500 first-place prize, while Moon Esports snatched a US$1,000 second-place prize. The eight playoff teams are automatically qualified for the ESL Challenger League Season 40.
If you are eager to participate, there is still time to get a team together. If you join the CSGO2ASIA Official Discord channel, you can use the new #team-finder channel to find like-minded players. Who knows? Perhaps you’ll be able to get your hands on the big prize!