Turtle Entertainment was founded in 2000. The company quickly grew to be the European leader in the sector of online gaming and electronic sports (eSports). The Electronic Sports League, operated by Turtle Entertainment, is active in 20 different countries worldwide. The league portal www.esl.eu reaches above 1,5 million unique visitors a month generated by more than 900,000 active members. Turtle Entertainment has 170 employees and is located in Cologne, Germany. Ten international license holders operate the ESL worldwide. Turtle Entertainment owns the majority of the Chinese eSports league PGL (Pro Gamer League) since 2007. Important business partners of Turtle Entertainment are global corporations such as Intel, Dell, Volkswagen and adidas. Turtle Entertainment markets its products worldwide using these specific brands: Electronic Sports League (ESL), ESL Amateur Series, ESL Pro Series, ESL Major Series, ESL European Nations Championship (ENC), ESL WC3L Series, ESL TV, Intel Extreme Masters, Consoles Sport League, United Consoles League, eSport Schulmeisterschaft, eSports Award and ESL Sports. Until December 2008 Turtle Entertainment has paid out more than three million Euro prize money.