ESL Challenger League Season 40 – Event Info, Teams & Schedule

ESL Challenger Season 40 is finally here. Five regions compete for three guaranteed spots into ESL Pro League Conference S16 and a share of $150,000 in prize funds.

The intent of the ESL Challenger is two fold. First of all, it is to allow aspiring teams to get a shot at the tier 1 CS. Secondly, it is to develop teams in order to strengthen the scene as a whole. More tournaments such as this have been popping up as people have realized that the scene needs to foster young talent.

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ESL Challenger Season 40 Format & Schedule

The tournament is divided into two stages: Group Stage and Playoffs.

The Group Stage will consist of four groups of four teams in a GSL group format, playing best of 3 series. The top two teams form each group advance to Playoffs. The Playoffs will also be Best of 3s, in a double-elimination bracket.

ESL Challenger Season 40 will take place from January 25th through April 3rd, 2022. The full weekly schedule can be seen here. Winners in North America and Europe will get $20,000USD, an EPL Conference. The 2nd and 3rd place will get $11,500 and $7000 respectively.

ESL Challenger League Format

ESL Challenger League Season 40 Teams

  • 1shot
  • 1win
  • Akimbo
  • Blink
  • Copenhagen Flames
  • Ecstatic
  • Entropiq
  • HEET
  • IntoTheBreach
  • Nemiga Gaming
  • SAW
  • Sinners
  • Team Finest
  • GamerLegion
  • Wisla Krakow
  • ATK
  • Bad News Bears
  • Carpe Diem
  • ChocoCheck Gaming
  • Disconnected
  • Eros
  • Mibr
  • OneT4p
  • Orgless
  • oNe Esports
  • PaiN Gaming
  • Party Astronauts
  • Strife
  • Third Impact
  • Valors
  • X13
  • Artisan Esports
  • Aravt
  • Checkmate
  • Cat Evil
  • Clutch Gaming
  • CyberX Khabarovsk
  • Do Not Disturb
  • DRIFT Gaming
  • GR Gaming
  • NSN Gaming
  • Moon Esports
  • Rare Atom
  • Redemptions
  • Team NKT
  • Tyloo
  • The MongolZ

Betting on ESL Challenger League Season 40

Things to keep in mind, before CSGO betting on ESL Challenger League Season 40. The tournament is rated as B-Tier qualifier leavel event, meaning the usual betting markets will be covered, although odds might be severely low on favored teams. This provides plenty of opportunity to hunt for upsets and using your CSGO expertise to turn a profit.

Live betting, specific in-match objectives and exotic bets should be available as this is an ESL sanctioned event. Our Esports News section will contain occasional weekly updates and match predictons for hot matches our analysts identify for betting. Come Playoffs, we will try to provide you with predictions for each set of matches days in advance.


In tournaments passed, these leagues had more teams and they all had to qualify. The seeding for the winners was different as well. There were also teams participating after having been relegated from the bigger leagues. Overall, the tournament structure has been cleaned up immensely. With a more streamlined tournament over the course of a few days taking its place.

The event is now called ESL Challenger League, a change from ESEA Premier League coming after ESL and ESEA announced their new partnership in early 2022.