Soon after the dominating 2-0 win of Luminosity Gaming over Natus Vincere in the grand finals of the MLG Columbus 2016 which was the first major of Counter Strike : Global Offensive consisting a prize pool of 1 Million dollars, FACEIT and Twitch have partnered up to host a new global league called the Esports Championship Series (ECS), which will play $3.5 million over the course of two seasons.
Kicking off this Saturday on April 9th, the Esports Championship will have an European division and a North American division, both the divisions will feature ten teams out of which eight are the invited and the rest two would have to face the qualifiers.
The most interesting aspect being that it offers co-ownership to the competing teams, who will get seats on the board as well as a share of the tournament”s revenue. The top teams from these two divisions will battle it out a LAN event. The following statement was released by FACEIT Co-founder Michele Attisani :
“Players and teams are the heart of the esports community and deserve the opportunity to reap the rewards of their hard work and dedication to grow esports into a mainstream phenomenon, We make the community our first priority and as such, we’re excited to support the first esports league that positions teams as co-owners.”
The qualifiers for the Esports Championship Series will run from April 6-8 in Europe and North America. In both regions, four invited sides will square off in a best-of-two round robin group stage for two spots in the best-of-five semi-finals, in which they will take on two seeded sides. The winners of these matches will secure berths in ECS.
Below you can find a list with the teams competing in the ECS qualifiers:
- Winter Fox
- Echo Fox