regional tournament organizer “Fortuna Esports” and tournament platform “Challengermode” announced their cooperation with a focus on the growth of the amateur esports scene in the region, primarily through the National Esports Leagues (NEL) system.
The Esports Balkan League (EBL) will be integrated into the National Esports Leagues framework built by Challengermode. Today, the EBL belongs to Riot's European Regional League (ERL) program and qualifies its best 2 teams to the European Masters.
This allows players in the Balkan region
to play at their national level (NEL) all the way up through the
regional level (EBL) into the European Masters (pan-European level).
The establishment of National Esports Leagues will take place in several stages, and for the time being it is confirmed that Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro will have their national competitions in the first stage which begins in April.
Esports will lead the projects for Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina,
while the National Esports Leagues of Montenegro and Slovenia will be
organized in cooperation with the Esports Association of Montenegro
(ESSCG) and Društvo za elektronske športe (SPID.SI), respectively.
addition to the prize money, NEL champions will also get a spot in the
closed qualifiers for the next EBL season and thus get the opportunity
to play in an international tournament against other champions from the
At this moment, each National League will have only the first division made up of top 6 national teams,
which will be selected on the basis of previous successes and through
the open qualifications that will precede the competition season.
The playoffs of each National Esports League will be broadcasted live through YouTube or Twitch and Sport Klub TV channel.
development of amateur competitions has always been one of our top
priorities because we believe that it is necessary to have a healthy
foundation that will support the highest competitive rank, which is
the moment we have a situation where players who played in the first
Junior Cups, organized in cooperation with Asus, are now debuting in EBL
teams and representing new talents in our region. The National Leagues
will provide an even better and more straightforward framework for all
players and teams who have the desire to prove themselves and show that
they have what it takes to succeed. "
- Mihajlo Džaril, CEO, Fortuna Esports
incredibly proud of what Fortuna are setting up in the region, and
excited for the roll-out of the National Leagues in the Balkan. The guys
have done a formidable job at setting up what we believe is the
best-case scenario for amateur and casual players alike. A clear path
from the amateur level of play to the absolute top for those wishing to
get there, and a place to consistently play with players of your own
skill level for those simply wishing to engage in competitive play for
- Philip Hübner, Head of Business Development & Strategy, Challengermode
is a Swedish tech startup working on a competitive gaming platform that
offers the most accessible competitive gaming experience for
professional and non-professional gamers alike. Working closely with
game developers, brands and tournament organizers, the Stockholm based
company provides an esports platform built to combat a growing
disconnect within the esports industry.
of thousands of tournaments have been hosted through the platform
together with partners and brands such as Dreamhack and OMEN by HP. Some
of these include the "Nordic University Esports Championship" and
"League of Schools", two popular school competitions. With these and
future competitions Challengermode aims to build a bridge between
amateurs and professionals and provide a clear path to the top.
Fortuna Esports is
the regional leader when it comes to esports. It handles event
organization, studio and video production as well as TV and online
streaming for international tournaments. Fortuna is the first regional
broadcaster to acquire rights for premium esports content with the Riot
Games' LoL Esports tournament circuit, Dota 2 The International and
with premium esports programming, Fortuna's portfolio includes unique
entertainment shows created for local audience as well as the biggest
regional esports league – Esports Balkan League.
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