ESL One Cologne 2018 adds “no shorts” rule for players

ESL One Cologne

It seems one gaming tournament is going for more of a professional look this year and that means shorts are a big no-no. According to BIG (aka Berlin International Gaming) Counter-Strike player Owen “Smooya” Butterfield, competitors on stage at ESL One Cologne were not allowed to wear shorts. Clearly, they want their players to look more polished and business-like.

Smooya was surprised and upset by this and was hoping he could at least still wear his flag at ESL One Cologne. According to pictures from the event, which were taken last weekend and posted on his personal Twitter, he did indeed wear his country’s colors. He even tweeted that his team was ranked number 7 in the world according to HLTV rankings. Things went very well for him and his team — shorts or no shorts.

ESL One Cologne

Photo courtesy of @smooyacs

This year’s ESL One Cologne event took place in Cologne, Germany and ran from July 6-8. This is the fifth consecutive year for the tournament that focuses solely on Counter-Strike- Global Offensive. 16 Teams competed and 15,000 fans were in attendance. Natus Vincere came out on top this year, taking home $300,000.

Will other tournaments start going for more of a professional look for their players? Should professional players actually dress business casual or be allowed to be comfy? It seems that is up to the tournament hosts to decide. Wardrobe however clearly does not affect performance.

Tarah Bleier  is a freelance writer , editor and content creator from Toronto. As a graduate from Centennial College’s Journalism program she has written for, and and recently for Geek Enthusiast Magazine. In her free time she loves gaming, cosplaying, prop making and attending as many conventions and geeky events as she can. Writing has always been a passion of hers and she has been a contributing writer of The Planet Observer for many years before becoming its Assistant Editor last year. Her work can also be seen on The Geekcast Radio Network where she has been a podcast host and writer.