ESEA (E-Sports Entertainment Association) is an e-sports organisation located and hosted in North America and hosts 6s tournaments in Team Fortress 2. ESEA also hosts competitive teams for other games, such as Counter Strike: Source and Counter Strike: Global Offensive.
The ESEA regular season consists of 16 regular season matches, played over 8 maps with one map per week. The top teams from each division participate in double-elimination playoffs to compete for the division's prize pool. Each game in the playoff bracket at ESEA LAN is played as a best-of-3-matches, while playoff games in the other divisions are single-game. Between seasons, teams may be promoted or demoted to another division based on their performance during the season.
Matches are played on a single map, with two halves of 30 minutes. Depending on the game type, the win conditions differ:
- On 5CP maps, the first half is played until the time limit runs out or one team wins 3 rounds; the second half and the match ends once the time limit runs out or one team wins 5 rounds;
- On King of the Hill maps, the first half is played until the time limit runs out or one team wins 3 rounds; the second half and the match ends once the time limit runs out or one team wins 4 rounds;
- On Attack/Defend maps, each half consists of a stopwatch round. The teams alternate between attacking and defending, such as if team A defended first, team B will be the first to defend in the next round. Each team can score one point in a half. The game ends once one of the teams reaches 2 points.
- In Capture the Flag, the times of each half are only 20 minutes long and has no capture limit. The team with the highest amount of captures by the end of the second half wins the round.
Within the TF2 league, there are four divisions:
The Invite division currently hosts the highest level of 6v6 competition in North America. Although ESEA is hosted in North America, players from other continents are allowed to participate in any of the divisions. At the end of each season the top teams from the Invite division participate in a LAN event to compete for the Invite prize pool.
After the ESEA S18 LAN Finals, ESEA announced that they would no longer be hosting LAN Finals for TF2, relegating the post-season to online playoffs.
Hall of Fame
|Season 7||Harmonic (invite is hard)|
|Season 8||iDEMISE TF2|
|Season 9||High Rollers Gaming|
|Season 10||The Dinosaurs (Pinball Wizards)|
|Season 11||The Mad Men (No Need for Names)|
|Season 12||SteveCGames (Apocalypse Gaming)|
|Season 13||The Mad Men|
|Season 14||Chill to Good Ratio|
|Season 15||Tonight's Entertainment|
|Season 16||Meat Market|
|Season 17||Cisco Adlers Balls|
|Season 18||cafe monster|
|Season 19||Getawhale Fanclub|
|Season 20||Not Fast Food|
|Season 21||eL cLaSslcO|
|Season 22||dead babies mad gunz|
|Season 23||running without scizors|
|Season 24||running without scizors|
|Season 28||OMNI5 ESports|
†ESEA Intermediate was not run during ESEA seasons 25 and 26.
|Season 4||Tool Academy Grads|
|Season 5||Leviathan Gaming|
|Season 6||Nexzil Gaming|
|Season 7||TEAM EXPLOSION|
|Season 9||Team Bad v2|
|Season 10||Team iT|
|Season 11||Down to Pound|
|Season 12||Disposable Heroes|
|Season 13||The Crunchy Bunch|
|Season 14||The Italian Stallions|
|Season 16||Arizona Iced Out Boys|
|Season 17||Mad Luxurious|
|Season 18||Muffin Men|
|Season 20||Ed Head|
|Season 21||Wood Pig Black|
|Season 22||stewy business|
|Season 23||1eL cLaSsIcO|
|Season 24||eL cLaSsIcO|
|Season 26||Gods of Destruction|
|Season 27||The Midnight Society|
|Season 28||HLPugs tf|
Fees and Prices
To participate in ESEA, all players are required to pay a league fee and subscribe to ESEA Premium. The league fees are as follows:
- Invite: $39.95 USD
- Intermediate: $14.95 USD
- Open: No longer requires a fee for participation, only needs ESEA Premium.
The cost of Premium varies depending on the length of the subscription and the tier purchased.
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|Invite||Season 3 · Season 4 · Season 5 · Season 6 · Season 7 · Season 8 · Season 9 · Season 10 · Season 11 · Season 12 · Season 13 · Season 14 · Season 15 · Season 16 · Season 17 · Season 18 · Season 19 · Season 20 · Season 21 · Season 22 · Season 23 · Season 24 · Season 25|
|Intermediate||Season 7 · Season 8 · Season 9 · Season 10 · Season 11 · Season 12 · Season 13 · Season 14 · Season 15 · Season 16 · Season 17 · Season 18 · Season 19 · Season 20 · Season 21 · Season 22 · Season 23 · Season 24|
|Open||Season 2 · Season 3 · Season 4 · Season 5 · Season 6 · Season 7 · Season 8 · Season 9 · Season 10 · Season 11 · Season 12 · Season 13 · Season 14 · Season 15 · Season 16 · Season 17 · Season 18 · Season 19 · Season 20 · Season 21 · Season 22 · Season 23 · Season 24 · Season 25|
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|General||Getting started · Glossary of terms|
|Formats||6v6 · Highlander · Ultiduo · BBall · MGE|
|Customization||Configs · Custom HUDs · Third-party programs|
|Mechanics||Movement · Rollouts · ÜberCharge · Calling · Pushes|
|Settings||Useful console commands · Servers|
|Competitions||ESEA · UGC · CEVO · IGL · ETF2L · Wireplay · Insomnia Gaming Festival · Esports Arena · The Round Robin · ESA · LBTF2 · TFCL · AsiaFortress · ozfortress · ATF2L · NZFortress · TFCups · LAN events|
|Organizations||BlackOut TV · CappingTV · EVL TV · eXtv · Just Play! · MyGamingEdge · TeamFortressTV · TFLIVE · VanillaTV|