Elisa, Relog Media, FunSpark unite to form $2.7m event circuit for 2021-2022

The three organizers, together with data partner GRID esports, have created a new tournament structure that will culminate with the Elisa Champion of Champions event in 2022.

Elisa Esports, the Finnish broadcasting company behind the Elisa Invitational tournaments, announced on Monday the creation of the "Elisa Champion of Champions Tour" in cooperation with Relog Media, FunSpark, and GRID. The companies will give out a total of $2.7 million during 2021-2022, putting all of their events under one umbrella, and adding an overarching Point System to rate performance within it.

Head of Elisa Esports Teemu Koski explained that the project aims to give top teams — including those not partnered with ESL, BLAST, or Flashpoint —, a place to prove their worth: "With the extended tournament structure co-operated with Relog Media and FunSpark, we wanted to provide a new way for European top teams to better their rankings and compete, even if they are not official partners with the largest commercial leagues".

A new tournament circuit has been unveiled

The shared tournament structure will comprise Relog Media's Home Sweet Home-style cups, FunSpark's ULTI events, and the seasonal Elisa Invitationals. However, that is just the base layer of the circuit, as each of the three tournament organizers will host a separate $250,000 Masters LAN event as well, with Relog Media having already announced LAN Sweet LAN for February 2022. The pinnacle of the competition will be the Elisa Champion of Champion tournament, described as "a new tier 1 event for the global esports fans" and scheduled for Fall 2022.

Tying it all together will be a Points System based on GRID's scoring data for the teams, with the esports data platform making sure there is "an easy way for teams and spectators to follow the journey throughout the annual seasons", Elisa Esports explain in their announcement.

Points will be allocated to teams based on their performances in the online and LAN tournaments, with the highest-scoring ones invited to Elisa Champion of Champions. More details regarding the flagship event as well as the Points System will be revealed in the coming weeks.

The Elisa Champion of Champions Tour looks as follows:

Qualification Stages (2021-2022)

Home Sweet Home tournaments ($1,200,000 prize money)
Elisa Invitational tournaments ($400,000)
Funspark tournaments ($330,000)

LAN Stages (2022)

LAN Sweet LAN Masters tournament ($250,000 prize money)
Elisa Masters tournament ($250,000)
Funspark ULTI Grand Finals ($300,000)
Elisa Champion of Champions (prize money TBA)

In addition to announcing the cooperation with Relog Media, FunSpark, and GRID, Elisa Esports has also revealed details regarding upcoming Elisa Invitational events. The tournaments will be held quarterly, each featuring a total of $100,000 prize money, but using a different format in comparison to the Spring edition that was won by SKADE.

Akin to Relog Media's Spring Sweet Spring cups, the upcoming Elisa Invitationals will feature a four-stage system that includes a Finnish open qualifier, a regional Swiss stage, a main Swiss stage, and playoffs.

These are the upcoming Elisa Invitational tournaments:

Elisa Invitational Summer 2021 ($100,000 prize money)
Elisa Invitational Fall 2021 ($100,000)
Elisa Invitational Winter 2021 ($100,000)
Elisa Masters 2022 ($250,000)

#1
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Finland iBait
Nice to see someone fill the void Dreamhack leaves when it inevitably gets absorbed by ESL
2021-04-26 11:03
19 replies
#9
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Latvia De1Co
EZ4MEDIEVAL
2021-04-26 11:02
2 replies
they disbanded :(
2021-04-26 11:12
1 reply
#107
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Latvia De1Co
No they didn't 😉
2021-04-26 14:03
The Ultimate Matchfixing league
2021-04-26 11:08
13 replies
Betting has risks and upsets happen. No amount of coping will change that. In Funspark Ulti the only real surprises were BIG and Extra Salt. EG & VP are in poor form right now, Complexity & HAVU can be very good when they show up, but they are very inconsistent. Dignitas performed pretty much as expected, forZe made it surprisingly far, but I think that was partly due to lucky seeding because VP is in bad form & col being inconsistent.
2021-04-26 11:43
3 replies
#73
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Slovakia xaboff
+1, well written
2021-04-26 12:29
+111111
2021-04-26 13:03
tldr they are all inconsistent and some are shit.
2021-04-26 14:43
They should make gambling illegal for person under 25. Too many of these teenagers who can't handle the loss are blaming matchfixing
2021-04-26 11:52
6 replies
<+1 matchfixing happens more in football etc than in cs in t1-3
2021-04-26 12:46
1 reply
Pretty sure there is more matchfixing in tier D CS than in tier D SOCCER
2021-04-26 13:41
doesn't change the fact that matchfixing is a real thing that happens
2021-04-26 13:05
2 replies
#97
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Brazil hugoooo
Happens but not even close to as much as kids make it looks like
2021-04-26 13:43
1 reply
#125
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France Insidium
+1
2021-04-26 15:44
#95
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Germany Durify
+1
2021-04-26 13:38
+1
2021-04-26 13:46
+1
2021-04-26 15:13
#61
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Sweden quacke
I'm sure you already know, but DH are already owned and operated by ESL. The only tier 1 TOs excluded from that umbrella right now are BLAST and Flashpoint.
2021-04-26 11:51
1 reply
+1
2021-04-26 15:04
tier5
2021-04-26 11:01
6 replies
#15
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Finland spurku
so?
2021-04-26 11:04
so? who cars if they got a tons of money
2021-04-26 11:19
1 reply
i car, gives me hope
2021-04-26 11:36
Even better.Low budget kills newer teams.This money can help them grow
2021-04-26 12:59
1 reply
+1
2021-04-26 17:32
What would be a tier 4 tournament? Dreamhack?
2021-04-26 14:03
#3
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Germany BlastingDoc
E
2021-04-26 11:02
Interestink
2021-04-26 11:01
#5
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Israel KaL1L
lol
2021-04-26 11:02
nice! Home Sweet Home tournaments ($1,200,000 prize money) HOME SWEET HOME>MAJOR
2021-04-26 11:03
2 replies
#40
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Turkey Rheniel
lootbet cups >>> grand slam
2021-04-26 11:23
Home sweet home major Belgrade 2022 confirmed
2021-04-26 14:03
cool
2021-04-26 11:02
#10
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Philippines 3nvy
nice
2021-04-26 11:02
Very nice, good to support the lower tiers as well as the top tier
2021-04-26 11:02
#12
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Poland Yomenik
wow
2021-04-26 11:03
#13
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Greece RedWinter
Major Sweet Major
2021-04-26 11:03
great news
2021-04-26 11:04
Amazing news, great!
2021-04-26 11:04
nice
2021-04-26 11:04
cool
2021-04-26 11:04
#19
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Bosnia and Herzegovina xdkeroo
pog
2021-04-26 11:06
Elisa Tampere major when?
2021-04-26 11:09
9 replies
POGS
2021-04-26 11:14
MEGAPOG
2021-04-26 11:23
#44
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Finland okxD
+1 Elisa Saunalahti Masters
2021-04-26 11:27
#59
Jamppi | 
Finland 5way
POGGERS
2021-04-26 11:43
#91
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Finland Nollegee
+1
2021-04-26 13:31
#99
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Finland itsRolezki
Elisa Lohja > Tampere
2021-04-26 13:51
2 replies
how about Pelaajatcom Kouvola? youtube.com/watch?v=WbeUYos33Wk
2021-04-26 13:52
1 reply
+1 also Telia Turku))
2021-04-26 13:53
+1
2021-04-26 15:05
Home sweet home major when?
2021-04-26 11:07
2 replies
Major sweet Major
2021-04-26 11:51
#65
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Finland JooonsMO
Major Sweet Major :D
2021-04-26 11:54
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Spain IMV_
LUL, nice one, more tournaments organizers united that can equal the power of the big ones!
2021-04-26 11:08
coc tour looking forward
2021-04-26 11:10
Tier 1 event possibly in Finland? Nice
2021-04-26 11:10
#26
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Finland H0rnPub
It cant be another arctic invitational, where u cant see shit from audience, 6h delay in one day and overpriced NA food
2021-04-26 11:11
3 replies
#29
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Finland H0rnPub
But FINALLY we might have lan where all the top finnish players play, havu, ence, gorillaz, fpx and og wud be fking HUGE
2021-04-26 11:13
1 reply
Yeah will be great to have a Finnish LAN again. The Elisa Invitationals in 2020 were meant to be on LAN, so we were meant to have 2 LANs but well, pandemic so they were moved online. Big unluko.
2021-04-26 11:48
it got fucked because ence dodged it, next LAN in finland will be epic if they have proper teams and don't fuck it with overpricing
2021-04-26 11:25
Nice More tournaments always good
2021-04-26 11:11
Sick news for finnish scene
2021-04-26 11:14
ok
2021-04-26 11:16
great news elisa internet is shit though
2021-04-26 11:16
Amazing!
2021-04-26 11:17
Nice
2021-04-26 11:18
HUGE PORTION OF MATCHFIX INCOMING LETS GOOO
2021-04-26 11:21
You really are keeping these tier 2 teams alive with these tournaments, great stuff!
2021-04-26 11:22
Such a huge amount of money, yet the big teams with 20 times the viewership, aren't usually invited....
2021-04-26 11:22
7 replies
ah, yes. the one advocate for the 2005th circle jerk matchup between ESL/Blast partnered teams.
2021-04-26 11:26
5 replies
I don't think there would be such discrimination between the teams. Those ESL/Blast partnered teams would play against these Tier1.5/Tier2/Tier3 teams as well. As an org, it boosts the level of competition, brings in more sponsors and revenues, and also gives the smaller orgs' players the opportunities to play against the higher-ranked teams. It's not just big vs small, it's big/small vs big/small.
2021-04-26 11:33
4 replies
those tier 1.5-2 > tier 1. They're not so good as you think. Put cameras on tier2 players, bring good commentators and production and there will be no difference. That's how media affects us.
2021-04-26 11:41
no, it's big org vs big org all the time and it's rare for someone to win through qualifiers.
2021-04-26 12:29
2 replies
#132
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United States onpluto
wow, so its easier to get an invite to tournaments instead of trying to win every qualifier?
2021-04-26 17:04
1 reply
no shit it also makes staying at the top easier and getting more invites when you don't have to play against some rising new team who drops you out in the first round of qualifiers because you have absolutely no data on them and they have seen all your demos.
2021-04-26 17:22
they can probably join if they have free time in their schedules ESL has taken half the calendar for themselves already (1 month long Pro League twice a year WTF??), Blast takes 2-3 months for themselves and then there's not that much space left anymore in the calendar.
2021-04-26 11:36
2.7 million??where they get so much money from??
2021-04-26 11:28
2 replies
Peanuts for betting, asian microtransactions and gambling companies
2021-04-26 11:31
1 reply
this
2021-04-26 12:38
#46
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Hong Kong sti11fac
Someone has the balls to fight against the giants 💪
2021-04-26 11:30
#47
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Switzerland x676
Nice
2021-04-26 11:30
very good
2021-04-26 11:32
FUCK SUPER LEAGUE PARTNERSHIPS, ELISA IS OPEN FOR EVERYONE
2021-04-26 11:33
2 replies
That's the beauty. I see no sense in those tournaments where we have 14 invites of 16 slots just because they are partners. Good for them, but not for me as a viewer.
2021-04-26 11:42
+11111111111 no one getting picked. It's really just "prove your fucking worth"
2021-04-26 13:05
expected
2021-04-26 11:36
#57
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Finland markka
I like it!
2021-04-26 11:42
Pog
2021-04-26 11:52
#66
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Poland ABDRIX1
POG
2021-04-26 11:57
Nice
2021-04-26 12:14
LAN Sweet LAN xaxaxaxa
2021-04-26 12:21
csgo > valorant
2021-04-26 12:24
Nice!
2021-04-26 12:25
Awesome
2021-04-26 12:29
#74
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Finland RPGWiZaRD
Unexpected but great to see Internet providers in Finland spending an increasing amount of money on e-sports (Telia already does quite a bit) and they don't even have a big scene here compared to say Denmark. They even show CSGO in the national television channel here.
2021-04-26 12:34
2 replies
finland top1 scene, but underrated by tournament organisers a major would sell out in 5 minutes
2021-04-26 14:33
1 reply
#144
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Finland gouca
You're mixing tournament organizers with companies sponsoring the events. There's absolutely nothing wrong with the willingness of organizers but we're a lot behind other Nordic countries in regards of how companies value streams in their PR visibility.
2021-04-30 11:05
casters get 35 dollars for a bo3 now
2021-04-26 12:34
2 replies
go back to work
2021-04-26 12:44
1 reply
it's lunch break?
2021-04-26 12:45
#76
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Turkey yeeGeT
smh good. I gues...
2021-04-26 12:38
#77
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Serbia LtN))
Ok
2021-04-26 12:38
do not let funspark produce it lmfao
2021-04-26 12:44
2 replies
+11111 It's good that these tourneys exist but please for the love of fucking god and satan and the angels in between, dont let funspark produce it
2021-04-26 13:07
Relog best production in the world ez
2021-04-26 14:04
-1 elisa shitty internet
2021-04-26 13:08
EZ 4 ELISA LAAJAKAISTA
2021-04-26 13:15
ez for skade
2021-04-26 13:30
#92
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Brazil Anarchybr
Nice
2021-04-26 13:33
ELISA PRIDE OF FINLAND
2021-04-26 13:34
3 replies
TORILLE TARVATAAN!
2021-04-26 14:00
TORILLE TARVATAAN!
2021-04-26 14:00
1 reply
YES))
2021-04-26 14:06
#94
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Finland Nollegee
Nice for Finland maybe finally we could get some LANs in Finland.
2021-04-26 13:37
"even if they are not official partners with the largest commercial leagues" Nice!
2021-04-26 13:55
i respect it
2021-04-26 13:56
Great news for CS
2021-04-26 14:04
Shit sweet shit
2021-04-26 14:13
Four tier2/3 TO can unite, but three tier S TO (ESL, Blast, Faceit) can't unite when the scene needs it the most
2021-04-26 14:14
1 reply
Facts
2021-04-26 15:17
Best
2021-04-26 14:50
thats cool i guess
2021-04-26 15:20
more chinese money plz xdd 😂😂
2021-04-26 15:29
They legit named it lan sweet lan
2021-04-26 15:33
Finally some good news for CS
2021-04-26 15:43
#126
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Finland kappaboi
Very nice. Nice to see big companies invest in esports
2021-04-26 16:04
Lol cool
2021-04-26 16:08
#128
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United States DEATHRAIN
POGGERS CS IS ALIVE AGAIN WOOOO
2021-04-26 16:16
Finland best tournament organizer :)
2021-04-26 16:17
pretty hype
2021-04-26 16:19
Home Sweet Home tournaments ($1,200,000 prize money) W T F 1.2M??? IS MAJOR?
2021-04-26 16:51
1 reply
12 x Home Sweet Home over 2021 planned with $100k prizepool each No idea what the LAN prizepool will be
2021-04-26 19:49
EPL, Blast and Valve - give way to a new tournament) I hope we will love these tournaments as much as the above ones)
2021-04-26 17:11
Always nice to see new tournaments. I'd rather see world without pandemic sh!t and go to Katowice major but I will take it.
2021-04-26 17:11
G9D
2021-04-26 17:12
good to see some Finnish company putting some big € ín for this, might be the first time
2021-04-26 17:41
Nice
2021-04-26 18:26
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Australia Beard43
This is great news, I love these tournaments! I hope they don't change too drastically in terms of talent and team attendance though, although it will be interesting if a couple top 10 teams start to appear!
2021-04-26 20:30
More circuits are always great news! Hope to see some Asia and Tier 2 NA development through them if possible.
2021-04-27 06:13
#143
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Norway ludvik33
Overlooked events, good news!!
2021-04-27 10:14
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