The world’s largest esports company ESL is once again partnering with the GSMA, the organizer of the world’s premiere mobile industry event, to bring esports competition to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. ESL Barcelona presented by Mobile World Congress is taking place on February 19 – 21, 2016, the weekend prior to the main event, and will host two esports competitions at Fira Barcelona, Hall 2.
The event will feature the Barcelona CS:GO Invitational presented by Mobile World Congress, and the ESL Masters Spain tournaments, in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and League of Legends, respectively. Offering the fans the chance to watch world-class esports competition between international and national teams, as well as offering visitors access to a variety of partner booths, shops and side activities, ESL Expo Barcelona presented by Mobile World Congress will be Barcelona’s biggest esports competition to date. The event will accommodate an audience of over 2,500 esports fans, and marks ESL’s and the GSMA’s third joint event, with previous events taking place at the 2015 Mobile World Congress and the 2015 Mobile World Congress Shanghai.
“Connecting esports tournaments to events such as the prestigious Mobile World Congress is a very exciting new step as we work to further popularize esports – especially given mobile’s increasing importance as a gaming platform. Reaching new audiences, engaging them in new way, going to places yet to be discovered – that’s what the partnership between the GSMA and ESL is about. ESL Barcelona presented by Mobile World Congress is already our third joint event, and with it’s location in a burgeoning esports territory like Spain, we’re confident the future is bright and full of opportunities for both the GSMA and ESL” said Sebastian Radu, Managing Director of ESL Spain and ESL LATAM.