Finland’s biggest esports event Elisa Masters Espoo taking place for third time in October

Elisa Masters Espoo has grown to become the number one Finnish esports event and has been a great success in Finland and around the world. The event will be held for the third time at Espoo Metro Arena on 16–20 October 2024 and is expected to be even more competitive this year. Ticket sales start on 29 May at 11:00 CEST.

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Elisa Masters Espoo 2024, Finland’s largest esports arena event, is an international tournament organised in cooperation with the City of Espoo. Last year’s second edition of the Elisa Masters was a huge success, with over 8,000 spectators on site and 33 million unique pairs of eyes watching from around the world.

Best event of the year becoming an even better experience

The Elisa Masters Espoo has earned its place among the major international tournaments and was nominated at the HLTV Awards as the best Counter-Strike event of the year. In Finland, the Elisa Masters Espoo was voted B2C Event of the Year at the Sponsorointi & Tapahtumat Awards in March.

Elisa Masters Espoo 2023 was attended by more than 8000 spectators at the arena. Photo: Elisa Masters Espoo 2023 / Janne Maljanen

The Elisa Masters Espoo 2024 starts with the studio phase on 16–17 October, followed by the exciting arena phase at Espoo Metro Arena on 18–20 October. A total of eight teams will compete in the tournament. In addition to B8, the team from Ukraine that won the Elisa Invitational Spring 2024, the tournament will see the winner of the Elisa Esports eSM 2024 national championships in August, the winner of the Elisa Invitational Fall 2024 in September, and five world-class invited teams. The other teams participating in the event will be announced in the coming months. The prize pool for the event is $200,000. Ticket sales will start on 29 May at 11 CEST. This year, all ticket types for the Friday will be available for the same price of €19. In addition, instead of having three-day tickets, there will two-day tickets for the Saturday and Sunday. The age limit for the event is 16, or 13 if accompanied by a guardian.

“This year’s event is expected to be even tougher than before. Building on our previous successes, we’re making the Elisa Masters even more exciting. We’re also making it easier for people to participate by offering tickets for the Friday at a lower price. The event will take place during the autumn holiday week, so this is a great option for families to spend the autumn holiday week together, taking the age limit into account”, says Mika Lepistö, Director of New Business Development and Partnerships at Elisa.

“Gaming is a huge phenomenon – it’s now the largest entertainment industry in the world. As a city, we wanted to rise to the challenge, and in Espoo, we have been investing in developing gaming startups, important education for children and young people in gaming, and esports. The Elisa Masters Espoo partnership is part of this, giving us a way to reach out to the gamer community in Espoo, in Finland, and internationally. I warmly welcome Espoo residents and visitors to discover esports and watch this exciting tournament. I can guarantee there will be exciting new experiences – even for people who aren’t gamers”, comments Mervi Heinaro, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, Sports and Culture at the City of Espoo.

Brazilian team FURIA won the Elisa Masters Espoo 2023 tournament. Photo: Elisa Masters Espoo 2023 / Janne Maljanen
Last year’s event featured a Finnish organisation, ENCE, among others. Photo: Elisa Masters Espoo 2023 / Janne Maljanen
Fans were given the opportunity to meet their favourite teams. Photo: Elisa Masters Espoo 2023 / Petri Leppävuori

Esports growing in popularity

Esports is growing in popularity all the time. Elisa has had an esports business since 2017, and the number of spectators at events organised by Elisa has grown sharply over the last few years.

“Elisa’s aim is to develop expertise in the field and to professionalise esports. We work with schools to enable the esports industry and education. We want to be present where young people are and to develop a digital entertainment culture. At the same time, we are able to influence how young people spend their time in the digital environment”, explains Lepistö.

In addition to the tournament, the event included activities at the partner stands. At Elisa’s stand, visitors were able to test the latest high-end deviced by ASUS ROG. Photo: Elisa Masters Espoo 2023 / Janne Maljanen

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As we’re getting closer to the Elisa Masters Espoo 2023, here’s a guide on what to see, do and taste in the heart of esports, Espoo!

Nuuksio – Natura Viva / Visit Espoo
Nuuksio – dspmedia / Visit Espoo

In Espoo, you are at the edge of nature experiences while still right next to the pulse of Helsinki. Espoo has 58 kilometers of coastline, 95 lakes, 165 islands, 600 kilometers of cycling routes, 200 kilometers of tracks, and the naturally beautiful Espoos Waterfront Walkway. In the south, you’ll enjoy the charm of the archipelago and coast. As you head north, Espoo charms with its lakes, rural landscapes, and manors. In North Espoo, you’ll experience wilderness atmosphere in the majestic Nuuksio National Park. In Espoo, you can enjoy nature with experiential activities: for example, in a fat biking through forest trails, tour skating, or snowshoeing.

Nuuksio Reindeer Park – Joni Viitanen / Visit Espoo

The Otaniemi and Keilaniemi area is a hub of business, innovation, research, and science, where the startup world, investors, and international companies meet on the vibrant Aalto University campus and its vicinity. A large part of Finland’s listed companies are located in Espoo.

Keilaniemi – dspmedia / Visit Espoo

Looking for accommodation?

Elisa Masters Espoo 2023 hotel partner Hotel Matts offers the best facilities for your visit.

Hotel Matts

Fall in love with Espoo’s coastal route also in wintertime

The 40-kilometer-long Espoos Waterfront Walkway winds by the sea from Laajalahti to Kivenlahti. In winter, you can relax in a lovely seascape while moving and stopping by at the seaside cafes and restaurants. Beautiful nature awaits you in Espoo! Also, explore Christmas activities in Espoo in more detail.

dspmedia / Visit Espoo

Nuuksio National Park – Experiences in the wilderness

Peace and quiet in the wilderness right next to the city’s pulse. Pack a backpack with snacks and a hiking spirit and head to the marked trails. Visit the Finnish Nature Centre Haltia, which presents the wonders and beauties of Finnish nature. Haltia also provides hiking advice and tips for various outdoor activities.

Haltia – Joni Viitanen / Visit Espoo

Shopping and restaurants

Ainoa Shopping Center in Tapiola, a short walk from the Original Sokos Hotel Tapiola Garden and Espoo Metro Arena.

Sello Shopping Center in Leppävaara, also conveniently accessible from Tapiola and Espoo Metro Arena.

Iso Omena Shopping Center in Matinkylä is like a small city, with excellent transportation connections making it one of the most popular shopping and leisure destinations in Espoo.

Restaurant Plats is a stylish viewpoint to the picturesque Espoo archipelago and a culinary journey to Nordic cuisine. Nordic art, design, and gastronomy meet in the beautiful archipelago setting of Hanasaari.

Lucy in the Sky – a restaurant and terrace equipped with stunning views, serving Scandinasian-style food in Keilaniemi.

Villa Lilla serves delicious food, excellent wines, and warm service in the heart of Leppävaara in a beautiful villa.

Restaurant GOAT serves delicious and relaxed food in the Ainoa Shopping Center in Tapiola, powered by three favorite restaurants.

We can’t wait to see what you do in Espoo, be sure to share it on social media with hashtags #VisitEspoo and #ElisaMasters. If you already haven’t, get your tickets now at!

Elisa Masters Espoo 2023 – Petri Leppävuori

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