EPS IX Italy with CS:GO
ESL Italy has announced that the ninth EPS edition will feature CS:GO.
In May 2012, ESL stopped organising EPS seasons in Italy, a decision that left the local community dismayed as the league was considered to be the pinnacle of esports in the country.
It has now been announced that EPS has returned to Italy with a new tournament structure for the two games that have been picked for this season, CS:GO and Dota 2.
EPS IX will kick off with four online cups that are open to all. Teams will receive points based on how well they fare in these cups, and in the end the top eight sides will make it to the main division, called Serie A. There will also be a secondary division, which will go by the name of Serie B, that will be open to all teams.
The top three sides from Serie A will then be joined by a fourth team, who will come from a play-off stage that will pit four Serie A sides against teams from Serie B, at the LAN finals, whose dates and location have not yet been revealed. The prize pool for this EPS season has not been disclosed as of yet.
The dates of the four EPS cups are the following:
- Cup #1 - June 16-30
- Cup #2 - July 2-16
- Cup #3 - July 21 - August 4
- Cup #4 - August 6-20