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EGL’s Head of Esports Says There’s More to Come in 2017

Between the 24th and 25th of June, EGL (European Gaming League) returns to Sheffield, England, for the first time since 2014 to stage the 16th edition of their flagship event.

Taking place within the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, previously host to two of the most memorable European Call of Duty tournaments in the series’ history, it was lauded by attendees as one of the organiser’s finest settings in a circuit that’s toured nationwide across venues in 6 UK cities since 2010, plus another in Stockholm.

Just minutes from the centre, hotels and Sheffield’s main train station, there’s plenty to accommodate traveling fans and players from the UK and around the world, adding a cultural vibe and prestige to their experience as esports enthusiasts and professional gamers.

And along with 3 other European based CWL tournaments announced today, it’s an encouraging period of progress for the CoD scene.

The last couple of years has seen just two EGL events – EGL15 being the most recent last March – but esports head Alex McBride is excited what EGL has in store in 2017 and beyond.

“In the background we’ve worked to only put on the best events,” Alex told Dexerto.

“We’ve had several other projects we don’t shout about but the team is growing and expanding away from the public eye. We’ll have more to announce across 2017 where the future is looking very bright for EGL.”


EGL16 will conclude a CoD World League European tour of London, Birmingham and Sheffield, with Paris sandwiched between the first two.

“The Ponds Forge is a world class venue that has hosted several Olympic qualifying aspects, the World Snooker Championships and while all of this takes place it is affordable for teams of all levels to attend.

“Sheffield offers a plethora of hotels and eateries with different budgets in mind while the venue is a blank canvas for the EGL team to put our take on the event.

“It’ll feature everything players have come to expect from an EGL event with a large main stage, plenty of tournament stations and an exhibition area with the brands supporting eSports.”

Nevertheless, a recent refurbishment by the Mecca of CoD Esports and a photo of Alex at the landmark got us excited about the prospect of EGL’s return to the Norbreck Castle.

“It’s unlikely to happen in the short term,” sadly.

“I’m not ruling it out but it doesn’t feature in our plans at this moment. Sheffield and the Ponds Forge International Centre is a lot like the upgraded version, matching affordability and a large conference hall.”


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