FACEIT announces ECS Season 7 with revamped format
FACEIT has revealed the first details about season 7 of the Esports Championship Series (ECS).
The new ECS season brings radical changes to the format of the league, with teams now required to fewer games to qualify for the LAN event as FACEIT attempts to tackle the issue of oversaturation in the scene.
In Europe and North America, the ECS Season will kick off with four open qualifiers per region, scheduled for February 16-28. The top two teams from each of these open brackets will progress to their respective regions' Challenger Cups, joining eight invited teams in a best-of-three Swiss stage, which will determine their ranking in the revamped Regular Season.
Instead of having a traditional round-robin season, FACEIT will be organising five eight-team single elimination tournaments in both regions, each with $25,000 on offer. Each regular season tournament will be filled by the teams from ECS Season 6 available for that week, with the empty slots being occupied by the Challenger Cup teams based on the ranking.
The winners of the first three regular season tournaments will automatically qualify for the ECS Season 7 Finals, while the fourth regional slot will go to the team with the most prize money won over the course of the season.
Once a team has qualified for the offline finals, they can choose not to further participate in the regular season, opening up an extra slot for a Challenger Cup side. The teams coming from ECS Season 6 may also decide against participating in certain tournaments in case of a conflicting schedule with other competitions.
"We have worked extremely hard to determine a format and match timings that suit the players, the community and that help the CS:GO ecosystem," said FACEIT co-founder and Chief Business Officer (CBO) Michele Attisani
"It’s vital that players can perform at their highest level without burning out and it’s fantastic that as an industry we recognise the benefit in working together towards a long term goal. At the same time, we’re excited about what the new format means for fans- every game will matter."
ECS Season 7 will culminate with a LAN event at SSE Arena, Wembley, from June 6-9, where $500,000 will be on the line. This, together with the $250,000 on offer during the regular season ($25,000 per regular season tournament and per region), brings the total prize pool for the season to $750,000.
Teams can sign up for the open qualifiers by clicking the links below: