ESL, the world’s largest esports company, and WESA, the World Esports Association, today announced that the Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) Pro League Season Seven Finals will return to Dallas, Texas, on May 18-20, 2018. Pro League is the world’s longest running professional league for CS:GO, and its Season Seven Finals will host 16 teams competing for the championship title and a shot at a $1 million prize pool in front of a live audience at the Verizon Theatre.
After three days of compelling group stages, the audience will see two quarter-finals, the two semi-finals and the grand finale live on site spread across the three main event days. The competition will debut on and stream exclusively via Facebook Live in English and Portuguese. All live broadcasts from CS:GO Pro League will be available in 1080p/60fps on Facebook and will also be streamed in VR.
“We are looking forward to bringing the Pro League Finals back to Dallas after such a successful Season Six Finals in Odense,” said Ken Hershman, Commissioner and Executive Chairman, WESA. “This year we will expand the opportunity for Pro League competition to even more talented teams around the globe, and we look forward to an exciting year and eagerly await the Finals.”
Last season’s finals in Odense, Denmark garnered record-breaking viewership. The Season Six Finals saw a 95% growth in concurrent viewers compared to the Season Five Finals, which were also held in Dallas back in 2017. Over the course of five days, more than four million hours of content were consumed through 27 live streams in 18 languages and eight linear TV broadcasts.
“With a couple of interesting new lineups forming and the superstars returning, this season will be very exciting to watch,” said Ulrich Schulze Senior Vice President of Product at ESL. “Building off of the record-breaking year in Season Six, we aim to create the best CS:GO experience for Pro League fans both in attendance and online.”