ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017 to Debut with Live Event Competition Featuring New-Look FaZe Clan & Na’Vi Rosters, Friday, Sept. 8, at 10 p.m. ET on TBS
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Turner and IMG’s ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017 will begin Group A competition this Friday, Sept. 8, at 10 p.m. ET on TBS, with four teams – FaZe Clan, Na’Vi, G2 Esports and Renegades – contending for two playoff spots and a larger share of the event’s $1 million prize pool. Live digital coverage of ELEAGUE’s return to Valve’s Counter Strike: Global Offensive will include live matches beginning at 6 p.m. across Twitch, ELEAGUE.com, and YouTube in additional to the Friday night showcase. Live Group A matches will continue Saturday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m. across those digital platforms.
ELEAGUE will showcase a collection of Europe’s top CS:GO teams in Group A, including the highly-anticipated new rosters for FaZe Clan and Natus Vincere (Na’Vi), along with French superteam G2 Esports and playoff hopeful Renegades. The four-team stage will also see former Na’Vi teammates Danylo “Zeus” Teslenko and Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács face each other for the first time. GuardiaN and former Fnatic superstar Olof “Olofmeister” Kajbjer Gustafsson joined FaZe Clan, while Na’Vi added Zeus as an in-game leader after he won the most recent Major.
The two winning teams that emerge from Group A’s double-elimination bracket will earn a playoff spot, beginning with the quarterfinals on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 10 and 11. Live Premier coverage will continue with Group B (Sept. 15-16), following the same weekly schedule, along with Group C (Sept. 22-23) and Group D (Sept. 29-30).
The ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017 is part of a consistent schedule of live Friday night ELEAGUE programming airing regularly at 10 p.m. on TBS through Thanksgiving, with the ELEAGUE Injustice 2 World Championship set to follow in late October.
On-Site Media Access: Media members interested in on-site access to cover the group stages and the playoffs starting October 10 can contact Turner Sports PR.
ELEAGUE is the premium esports tournament and content brand formed in partnership between Turner and IMG that launched in 2016. A leader in the delivery of live event experiences, ELEAGUE content is regularly showcased on TBS and widely distributed across digital platforms including Twitch, YouTube and ELEAGUE.com. In its first year, ELEAGUE produced two seasons featuring Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, along with the first-ever Overwatch® Open. As recognition of its industry-wide impact, ELEAGUE was awarded its first-ever CS:GO Major in January 2017. The ELEAGUE Major Grand Final set a new all-time Twitch record with more than one million concurrent streams, in addition to a reach of 3.6 million total viewers on TBS throughout the tournament. ELEAGUE received a Sports Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Studio Design and Art Direction in March 2017. In August 2017, ELEAGUE made its first entry into feature-length premium episodic content with the launch of ELEAGUE | Road To The International Dota 2 Championships. ELEAGUE also recently hosted the GEICO ELEAGUE Amateur Series and the ELEAGUE Injustice 2 World Championship, set to begin this Fall.