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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 07: Jamie O'Doherty of Sydney FC is seen in the audience during the E-League 2020 Premiers Plate at ESL Studios Sydney on March 07, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images)

Esport fans everywhere are getting riled up for the official start of the Counter Stike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) ESL Pro League. This will be the 15th Season of the tournament with twenty-four teams fighting for a chance to play in the CS:GO playoffs, but you may be asking what is CS:GO? Well here’s your guide to everything you need to know about the ESL as well as CS:GO. 

CS:GO is a first-person shooter that was released in 2012 by Valve. There are multiple modes in which two teams of five compete in multiple rounds. Normally the limit of how many rounds is thirty, meaning a team must win half of the rounds before officially winning a match. However, in professional play they’ve shortened it down to a best of three excluding the grand final which is a best of five. 

The teams will be split into four groups with about six teams in each where they verse each other at least once. Once that’s over the team with the most points will move onto the quarterfinals. The second and third place teams in a group will have to go through a qualifiers bracket to make it to the main competition. 

 Season 15 is set to begin its first matches in early March with the first match between G2 Esports and Lookingfororg taking place Wednesday March 9th this year will see the return of some vicious teams such as last year’s champions Natus Vincere. As well American teams Evil Geniuses, Team Liquid. There are many other prominent teams this year. All this attention is building up for the start of other tournaments such as the IEM Katowice. Which will be starting this weekend. 

Are you new to the series or already a massive? Who are you hoping will move onto the playoffs? We’ll be keeping a close eye on this exciting chapter in CS:GO Esports as we bring you the latest news. For more information regarding the ESL Pro League Click Here for their website as well as join us at Fox Sports for all your Esport related content.