The result of a love affair between Turner and WME | IMG, the ELEAGUE has announced the dates and format for its forthcoming second season.
The preliminary rounds of the CS:GO league will start on Wednesday September 7th, with a four week group stage schedule set to begin on Friday October 21st.
ELEAGUE’s Grand Final will be held Saturday December 3rd and will culminate in a week of playoff competition. Live coverage will begin at 4 pm. ET on the TBS network TBS will televise a weekly Friday night showcase at 10pm throughout the group stages, along with the semifinal held Friday, December 2nd at 10 pm. Live event coverage will continue to be available via Twitch too.
The top eight teams that earned a spot in the playoffs during ELEAGUE’s first season will automatically qualify for the group stage round in season two. Additionally, all other teams that participated in season one will be invited to play in the preliminary round.
Christina Alejandre, General Manager of ELEAGUE and Vice President of eSports, Turner Sports said: “We’ve been very pleased with the performance of ELEAGUE and the significant levels of engagement with our content across all platforms in our first season. In our second season, we’ve enhanced the schedule to make the stakes even higher from a competitive standpoint, while also creating an opportunity for a more open field.
“We believe this new format will keep our audience engaged with our content from the opening week through the grand finals and be more accommodating to team and player schedules.”
In its second season, ELEAGUE will continue to feature a limited commercial break format including advertising branding and content from Official Marketing Partners Domino’s, Credit Karma, Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings and HyperX.
ELEAGUE will host a European Open Qualifier on Saturday through Monday September 3-5, and an American Open Qualifier from September 10-12, with the top teams earning a bid to the second season’s preliminary round.
You can see the format in full by heading over to the ELEAGUE site.