ESL One

ESL One

Embrace the future of digital sports

As the global partner of ESL One, DHL is expanding its presence in the esports market. This segment is growing exponentially with millions of fans and active players, reaching the important target group of digital natives with tailored brand messages. Whether it be real-time strategy games such as Dota 2 or tactical shooters such as CS:GO, esports provide viewers with first-class entertainment while demanding a very high level of concentration, speed, tactical skill and teamwork skills from the players. As part of its activities ESL organizes tournaments in all the popular esports disciplines, which are broadcast all over the world via various platforms.

With this new collaboration, DHL is adding a sport that is not only growing rapidly around the world but that also delivers top entertainment value and enjoys a high level of fan involvement, to a series of partnerships, some of them longstanding, in the areas of sport, culture and lifestyle. The demands placed on the players are immense, and to reach the top of their game they require extreme concentration, speed, tactical skill and teamwork skills. The high-paced nature of the games means that just a fraction of a second can be the difference between victory and defeat. And it is precisely this combination of speed and excitement that keeps so many viewers hooked.

The collaboration enables DHL to become active in a business that appeals to the growing trend among younger generations. The major esports tournaments and their top players thrill hundreds of millions of fans around the world, more than 60 percent of whom are aged between 16 and 35. ESL’s numerous major esports tournaments fill major sporting arenas all around the world as tens of thousands of fans watch live and several million further online spectators follow the action on social media. In 2017 alone, ESL’s tournaments and leagues reached over 200 million unique viewers.

As the official logistics partner, DHL will handle the event logistics for the ESL One series, transporting not only the stage equipment to the venues throughout the series but also the individual gamer seating that belongs to the teams of players. Here, DHL can draw on decades of expertise in event logistics.

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ESL One Cologne 2018 - CS:GO
July 6 - 8

ESL One Cologne 2018 - CS:GO

2018 marked the fifth year in a row that Cologne welcomed players, talents and fans for a whole weekend of pure Counter-Strike: Global Offensive action at ESL One Cologne 2018!

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Play the future

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Delivered by DHL and SirActionSlacks

The famous and amusing Dota 2 celebrity SirActionSlacks is DHL’s newest hire for the courier division, tasked with a job of utter importance: delivering a nice yellow goodie bag for the pro players right in time for kick-off of the Dota 2 Major event in Birmingham.

This year, ESL in partnership with DHL hosted the United Kingdom's first ever Dota Major – ESL One Birmingham 2018. Twelve of the best teams in the world competed for the prize pool of $1,000,000 USD and additionally 1,500 qualifying points for The International 8, which takes place in Vancouver this August.

The main event was held from May 25th to 27th in the Arena Birmingham, providing the crowd with a mixture of action, fun and moments that deliver a special atmosphere for the esports community. As seen in SirActionSlacks’ video, we would like to take you on a journey at this special event that is full of emotion, team-spirit and of course thrilling Dota 2 games, which is described as “action with real-time strategy offering one battlefield, infinite possibilities”.

EffiBOT showed his skill and earned SirActionSlacks' appreciation. Together they witnessed special moments and showed mutual appreciation to inspire the Dota 2 community in Birmingham. They also gave away goodies and merch for right answers.

DHL & ESL One

DHL is the Official Shipping and Logistics Partner for the ESL One series handling event logistics for tournaments in Germany, the UK, Brazil and the USA

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Previous and next events

ESL One Birmingham 2018 - Dota 2 Major
May 25 - 27

ESL One Birmingham 2018 - Dota 2 Major

For the first time in Dota history, Birmingham welcomed players, talent and fans for an entire weekend of Dota 2 action at ESL One Birmingham 2018!

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ESL One Belo Horizonte 2018 - CS:GO
June 15 - 17

ESL One Belo Horizonte 2018 - CS:GO

Belo Horizonte welcomed eight of the world’s best CS:GO teams and thousands of passionate fans in the Mineirinho Arena for the first ESL One event in South America.

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ESL One New York 2018 - CS:GO
September 28 - 30

ESL One New York 2018 - CS:GO

World class Counter-Strike returns to the big apple this fall. On the 29th to 30th of September, Brooklyn will rumble with the roars of thousands of esports fans as ESL One makes its third annual visit to Barclays Center. Over the course of this weekend, $250,000 in cold hard cash, an potential Intel Grand Slam win, and the ESL One title will be awarded to one of the world’s 8 best CS:GO teams.

ESL One Hamburg 2018 - Dota 2
October 26 - 28

ESL One Hamburg 2018 - Dota 2

For the second time in a row, Hamburg will be greeting players, talent and fans from all over the world for an entire weekend of Dota 2 action from October 26th – 28th at ESL One Hamburg 2018! Get ready for an unique atmosphere, signing sessions, cosplay, side activities and so much more!

ESL One Birmingham 2018 - Moments that deliver

ESL One Belo Horizonte 2018 - Moments that deliver

ESL One Cologne 2018 - Moments that deliver

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