ELEAGUE “Road to Vegas” Championship Live from CES in Las Vegas to Feature Two of the Top Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Teams in the World in Action
Monday, January 4, 2016
World Ranked Lounge Gaming & OpTic Gaming to Compete in Championship Round on Thursday, Jan. 7, at 12:30 p.m. PT with Live Streaming via FaceIT Twitch Channel
Shoutcasters to Include Anders Blume, Auguste “Semmler” Massonnat & Daniel “DDK” Kapadia with Analysts Richard Lewis, Duncan “Thorin” Shields & James Bardolph
Turner Sports and WME | IMG will debut ELEAGUE with live streaming coverage of the “Road to Vegas” Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Championship at CES in Las Vegas on Thursday, January 7, at 12:30 p.m. PST. Two of the best CS:GO teams in the world – Lounge Gaming and OpTic Gaming (team members formerly part of Team Conquest) – will meet in a best-of-three championship round streamed live via the FaceIT Twitch Channel. More than 1,100 teams competed in the qualifying round for a chance to make the “Road to Vegas” championship, with the winner receiving a prize pool and an invitation to participate in the inaugural ELEAGUE season, set to debut in Summer 2016.
OpTic Gaming (team members formerly part of Team Conquest, then the No. 18 world ranked CS:GO team) is a North American based team including Shahzeb “ShahZaM” Khan, Damian “daps” Steele, Will “RUSH” Wierzba, Keith “NAF-FLY” Markovic and Peter “stanislaw” Stanislaw. The team earned a third place finish in the iBuyPower 2015 Fall Invitational and went on to also place third in both the CEVO-Professional S8 online season and the ESL ESEA Pro League season, earning a playoff spot in each. Most recently, they won the goRGN Freedom Cup.
Lounge Gaming, currently ranked No. 49 in the world, is comprised of Pawel “innocent” Mocek, Michał “MICHU” Muller, Grzegorz “SZPERO” Dziamałek, Mikołaj “mouz” Karolewski, Oskar “oskarish” Stenborowski, all from Poland, and coached by Mariusz “Loord” Cybulski. “innocent” has played Counter Strike (CS) for nearly 10 years and has competed in over 40 offline tournaments in the last four years. He is currently IGL of the CSGL Team. “MICHU” has been playing CS since 2011 and is the lurker of the team. “SZPERO” has been a top-level CS player for eight years and is the team’s main AWPer. “mouz” partners with “oskarish,” the rising star on the group, as entry fragger. Coach “Loord” is one of the most successful CS players of all-time – as the winner of WCG 2006, 2009 and 2011 – and as a member of legendary Golden Five team, considered the best CS 1.6 lineup ever.
Shoutcasters for the championship event will include “Anders” Blume, Auguste “Semmler” Massonnat and Daniel “DDK” Kapadia. “Anders” hails from Denmark and is the Golden Joysticks eSports Icon of the Year for his work casting CS:GO. He is known as the voice of CS:GO and his casting has been associated with some of CS:GO’s most memorable moments. “Semmler” was born in the United Stated and currently resides in Sweden. He and Anders are considered the premiere CS:GO casting duo, having been on the call for most high profile events in CS:GO history. The team of caster “DDK” and analyst James Bardolph are fan favorites due to their casual and humorous style. Previously a Quake commentator, “DDK” turned his focus to CS:GO after joining FaceIT. He is an ex-professional FPS player turned YouTube content producer and currently provides commentary, hosting and original content for FaceIT.
Analysts for the CS:GO “Road to Vegas” Championship include Richard Lewis, Duncan “Thorin” Shields and James Bardolph. Lewis is a veteran eSports journalist who has been covering the field for 12 years, breaking many of the biggest stories in the industry. “Thorin” is known as the eSports historian, with experience as a coverage and feature writer since 2001. He was voted “eSports Journalist of the Year” in 2012 and 2013 by the readers of Cadred.org/EsportsHeaven.
Additionally, across social media platforms, ELEAGUE’s Facebook page and Twitter account will offer the opportunity for fans to follow all the action from CES in Las Vegas including behind-the-scenes content and alternative angles capturing live event coverage.
ELEAGUE is a professional eSports league formed by Turner and WME | IMG. The inaugural season will launch in Summer 2016 with extensive, high-quality digital content – more than 30 hours per week of live competitive gaming; Tuesday through Friday of each tournament week – and 10 consecutive week of programing twice per year, the most extensive commitment to televised eSports programming to date, airing Friday nights on TBS. Turner Studios in Atlanta will serve as the primary operations facility for the live events. For the latest information on ELEAGUE, visit www.e-league.com.
Turner Sports at CES
Turner Sports will have its largest footprint ever from CES 2016 in Las Vegas – part of an overall Turner presence throughout the week – including a daylong showcase at the Venetian, Levell 2, Hall D on Thursday, January 7. In addition to Turner Sports’ live on-site event coverage of its first-ever Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Championship, in partnership with WME | IMG, events will also include: the inaugural Sports Business Forum, presented by Turner Sports in partnership with NextVR, including a panel with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr.; and TNT’s Sports Emmy Award-winning Inside the NBA – with host Ernie Johnson and analysts Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal – televised live from CES. For more information, click here.