From The ESOC wiki for Age of Empires 3
What is ESOC?
eso-community.net (ESOC) is an Age of Empires 3 website run by the community for the community. ESOC initially began as a hosting website founded in 2015 for the drought-ending tournament "Age of Empires 3 Spring Championship" (ASC Spring). The event, a resounding success (its Grand Finals reaching an unprecedented 1000 concurrent viewers!), inspired ESOC to continue to host seasonal, free-to-enter, crowdfunded tournaments.
As the website grew, so too did the brand; tournament notation changed from ASC to ESOC, YouTube and Twitch accounts were launched, and ESOC became the focal point for Age of Empires 3 community. The website now boasts over 15,000 forum members, a balance patch crafted by the game’s top minds (ultimately incorporated officially into the game's Definitive Edition remaster by Microsoft), and roughly 60 completed tournaments totaling over $28,000 USD in cumulative prize pool handouts. Through the generosity of community donors and the dedication of an all-volunteer staff, ESOC has created a sustainable model to provide you, the community, with the best Age of Empires 3 content on the internet.
Home to newcomers and seasoned veterans, top players and conscripts alike, the ESOC website offers a variety of content we think you’ll enjoy:
- Strategy Wall
- Tournament history
- Active tech support
- General AoE3 discussion
- Event Schedule
- Twitch streams with well-known casters
- Community-maintained ESOC Patch (EP) for the legacy game, consisting of:
- ESOC ELO Ladder (for the legacy game)
- Recorded Games
- Legacy AoE3 Population Statistics