eSports Pte Ltd. — co-founded by esports investor and former eSports.com CEO Michael Broda, Australian Securities Exchange-listed iCandy Interactive Limited, and Malaysian behavioral data and technology innovation firm Sedania Innovator Berhad — announced that it will launch a new global esports media network and tournament platform, the eSports Pro League (ESPL) in early 2020. ESPL’s central focus will be mobile esports but will also feature competitive gaming on PC and consoles.
ESPL is a new kind of esports network, offering an integrated and open ecosystem for tournaments, media, brands, publishers, teams, and players. The new network will also feature a focus on community and digital interactivity. By adopting a hybrid online and on-the-ground tournament model, ESPL intends to create a Bedroom-to-Champion pathway for any aspiring esports enthusiast to be able to participate and be given a chance to be a world champion.
During its global roll-out — which will launch in 16 countries in its initial phase, covering Asia, Europe, and the Americas — ESPL is adopting a scalable licensing partnership model, working exclusively with experienced tournament organizers in every country ESPL plans to enter. ESPL will also work alongside game-publishers who share the vision of promoting healthy and competitive gaming events across markets worldwide.
Season One – Starting February 2020
The first ESPL season is planned to run from February to December 2020, with official details about the on-ground tournament rules and locations to be announced.
“We are very excited to launch the first season of the eSports Pro League in February 2020,” said ESPL CEO Michael Broda. “Response from our international partners has been overwhelmingly positive. There is so much interest in ESPL.”