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National Esports Leagues

National Leagues in every country

Start your esports journey by joining the national league in your country. Every national league is part of a pan-European system - The National Esports Leagues.

The leagues are open to teams of all skill levels who want to compete in a serious environment, from amateur to pro. You can climb the divisions - proving yourself at every stage - with a clear path to the top.

Division Overview
Season Overview

Seasonal system

Every League is played seasonally, typically 2 seasons per year.

New teams enter through pre-qualifiers that are played before every season. Already established teams continue playing in the division they ended up in last season.

The best teams in the top division go to playoffs. In every other division, the first and last teams compete for promotion/demotion in inter-seasonal qualifiers.

Division Groups

Each division has one or more groups. Number of groups double for every level of the league.

  • Teams get match schedule with 2 - 3 games per week.
  • Everyone plays everyone else twice per season.
  • Top 2-3 teams get promoted to division above.
  • Bottom 2-3 teams get demoted to division below.
  • Inter-season qualifiers with other groups in the same division.
Groups Overview
Regional Championship

Regional Championships

Best 2 teams per season from each National League compete in a Regional Championship, played 1-2 times per year.

The Regional Championships connects several leagues into one ecosystem.

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Questions & Answers

Frequently asked questions about the NEL.

The NEL (National Esports Leagues) is a project that ties together several national or regional esport leagues within one ecosystem, providing a clear path to the top for players and teams and a scalable and reliable funding model for organizers.

The NEL is modeled after traditional sports leagues but customized to fit within an esports context and built to be digital-first.

The NEL is not just one competition, that's why there's an "s" after "Leagues". The National Esports Leagues are a collection of leagues run by Challengermode or by one of its partners on a regional or national level. This makes it possible for teams to play in national competitions that also tie into a larger international professional ecosystem, bridging the gap between regular competitive gaming and professional gaming (a.k.a esports). 

Most, if not all national leagues will be free to join. Some league organizers, however, may choose to take an entry fee or impose other entry requirements as they see fit.

All leagues hosted by Challengermode are free to enter.

To compete in a country’s national league, at least 50% of players on the team roster must be from that country. In some circumstances, such as with established professional teams, the team's country of registration will be the criteria for which national league to play in. Once a team has chosen a national league, they must continue playing there.

Prize pools for each national league will be determined by the league organizers and are typically set from season to season. The Regional or continental championships will, however, have much large prize pools, as they will have the very best teams from each country compete against each other.

Every particular league is played seasonally, meaning that new seasons start one or more times per year for the foreseeable future. Every league is also scalable, able to accommodate as many teams as necessary - split up into multiple skill-based divisions. Teams will move up and down between divisions depending on their skill level and the competition they face.

At the end of every season, teams can either get promoted to the division above, remain in their current one or get demoted to the division below. The best teams/players of the top division in every league will play in a Regional Championship where the best of the best are crowned each year.

The number of divisions will depend on the number of participating teams, which game the league is for, and how long each season is. Every division, except the top 1-2 divisions, are subdivided into a number of groups. For every new division, the number of groups doubles meaning that there are few groups in the top divisions and many groups in the bottom divisions. A group will typically contain anywhere from 8-16 teams depending on the size of the league overall.

Teams of any skill level are able and urged to join. As the seasons progress, the best teams will climb steadily upwards. Other teams will find their place in the hierarchy of divisions, competing at a level appropriate to their skill, time commitment, and resources, etc. Crucially, however, all teams regardless of their skill level or current resources will be playing within the same overall league.

New teams can join at the start of every season and will typically have to start playing in the lowest division. There is a pre-qualifier played at the beginning of each season that is used to determine the relative skill levels of the new teams.

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