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ESL Gaming and Immutable: Esports Meets NFTs

In 1972 the first competitive gaming tournament took place inside a small room within a Stanford University Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Today, the eSports industry is worth nearly two billion dollars. 

By all accounts, eSports has become a global phenomenon, with today’s top gamers and streamers holding the same influence as many professional athletes. 

Much of this shift can be credited to industry pioneers like ESL Gaming.

Initially founded in 2000 as the first online gaming league and leading gaming magazine, ESL Gaming is the oldest esports organization still in operation. Over the last two decades, it’s transformed from a niche community to a gaming behemoth responsible for many of the industry's top tournaments and competitions across the globe. 

At the heart of ESL sits the ESL Pro Tour, a year-round circuit for the top players of Counter-Strike, StarCraft II, and Dota 2. 

Constantly looking for new ways to engage fans, ESL has joined forces with Immutable to create an NFT platform for global esports enthusiasts to buy, sell and exchange a collection of limited-edition NFTs designed specifically for the league’s flagship ESL Pro Tour: CS:GO Tournament.

Using our unparalleled scalability infrastructure, Immutable empowered global esports enthusiasts with gas-free minting and trading of ESL Pro Tour NFTs at speeds of 9,000 transactions per second, all while leveraging the battle-tested security of the Ethereum blockchain. 

According to Bernhard Mogk, SVP Global Business Development at ESL Gaming, the partnership will continue to develop both the esports and NFT industries. 

“The Immutable team has gaming in their DNA and we share the same vision for the future of NFTs,” he said. “We could not be more excited to launch on Immutable X the best possible community-driven and fan-centric collectible platform to buy, collect and own some of the most memorable moments in EPT history.”

For more information on how ESL Gaming and Immutable are engaging the next generation of global blockchain and esports enthusiasts, follow our growing communities on Twitter and Discord.