ESL, the world’s largest esports company, today announce the 7th season of the Counter Strike: Global Offensive ESL Premiership powered by Intel and Gaming from Currys PC World will begin on Monday 19 February, making it the longest running CS:GO tournament in UK history.
Following the success of the 2017 Autumn season won by Team Endpoint, the 2018 Spring season has been expanded from eight to ten teams competing across two groups of five. Playoffs have also been added to the tournament with 3rd and 4th placed teams playing across groups before facing off against a 2nd place team for a spot in the LAN finals.
Teams will be competing for an increased prize pool of £12,000 this season and, as part of ESL’s Path to Pro programme, the 2018 champions will move on to compete at a European level with a spot in the Mountain Dew League.
“We are super excited to bring back the CS:GO ESL Premiership powered by Intel and Gaming from Currys PC World for another season,” commented James Dean, UK managing director, ESL. “By increasing the prize pool and including more teams at the group stage, we are working hard to provide more opportunities for UK esports players to compete at the highest level and solidify the ESL Premiership as the UK’s premium national esports league.”
The group stage will run for a five-week period with matches broadcast on Monday and Wednesday evenings each week. A full schedule will be issued next week with the live finals to be played in late April.
For more information on the Counter Strike: Global Offensive ESL Premiership powered by Intel and Gaming from Currys PC World visit www.pro.eslgaming.com/uk