ELEAGUE reveals first groups
Turner Broadcasting and WME/IMG have revealed the first three groups of ELEAGUE.
Twenty-four teams from all over the world will be competing in the debut season of ELEAGUE, the first of two seasons that Turner Broadcasting has committed to hosting in 2016, each one with $1.2 million on offer.
The competing teams have been split into four pots based on their previous achievements. A total of six groups of four teams will be drawn, with one side from each seeding pot in each group.
Luminosity to face three rivals who compete in North America
Only four teams will be at Turner's Atlanta studios per week during the group stage, which will consist of two parts, a double round robin phase and a single-elimination, best-of-three bracket.
Teams will face each other twice on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in best-of-one matches to determine the placement in the group's bracket. The group winners will go straight to the playoffs, while the runners-up will get a second opportunity via a last chance qualifier, scheduled for week 8.
"Whether you’re a longtime fan or new to eSports, each week of ELEAGUE will feature compelling storylines as the top CS:GO teams in the world compete to earn a spot in the playoffs," ELEAGUE Commissioner Min-Sik Ko said in a statement.
"The premiere season of ELEAGUE is set to provide world class competition and ‘must-see’ live event coverage in which every match has meaningful implications."
Below you can find the first three groups:
|Group A (May 24-27)||Group B (May 31-June 3)||Group C (June 7-10)|
|Luminosity||Ninjas in Pyjamas||Astralis|
ELEAGUE will feature live event coverage from Turner's Atlanta Studios, with matches being broadcast exclusively on Twitch from Tuesday to Thursday and simultaneously on Twitch and TBS on Friday evenings. The full tournament schedule can be found here.