ECS Season 8 announced
FACEIT has revealed the first details regarding the eighth season of their flagship competition.
ECS Season 8 will kick off with four open qualifiers taking place on August 12-25. The Pinnacle Cup will follow on September 10-15, a 16-team tournament that will provide seeding for the best to take the open slots during the Regular Season, which will start the following day and run through October 31.
This season's ECS will also see the return of ECS After Dark, the competition's overtime show on Caffeine, and the Community Caster Challenge, which gives grassroots commentators a chance to cast the tournament's matches during the Pinnacle Cup and the Regular Season stages.
ECS Season 8 will mark the second season with the current format, in which eight teams compete in five weekly tournaments with $25,000 on the line. This season's system will have a minor change, as the first teams to qualify for the LAN finals will be those that earn the most prize money after the first two weeks of competition (instead of the last two teams qualifying being those with the most prize money at the end of the the Regular Season), while the remaining six slots will be given to the winners of the remaining tournaments.
"We’re extremely excited for Season 8. This is the second season to feature our new format and we’re pleased to build on the huge success we saw earlier this year with Season 7 and to continue working with fans and players to refine the competition. As ECS continues to evolve and grow we’re developing some immensely engaging storylines and rivalries and we can’t wait to see Season 8 unfold, and to bring the finals back to North America in November.”
- Michele Attisani, FACEIT co-founder and CBO
The ECS Season 8 schedule:
ECS Open Qualifiers (not broadcast)
Qualifier #1: August 12-15
Qualifier #2: August 17-18
Qualifier #3: August 19-22
Qualifier #4: August 24-25
ECS Pinnacle Cup
ECS Online Season
September 16 - October 31