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Stacked Field of 24 Teams to Include Past ELEAGUE Champions Astralis and FaZe Clan, Defending Major Champions Gambit Esports, Fan Favorites Cloud9, G2 Esports, SK Gaming, Virtus.pro & More in Action
ELEAGUE to Provide Live Digital Coverage of Every Match & Post-Event TBS Feature Series Documenting the Pursuit of The ELEAGUE Major: Boston Title
ELEAGUE, the premium esports tournament and content brand from Turner and IMG, today revealed the star-studded teams set to compete in The ELEAGUE Major: Boston, the 12th Major Championship in CS:GO history and the first to use newly-unveiled competition stage names from game publisher Valve.
The ELEAGUE Major: Boston will begin with Valve’s The New Challengers stage (formerly the “Major Qualifier”), Friday-Monday, Jan. 12-15, beginning each day at 10 a.m. ET with live coverage presented on Twitch from ELEAGUE Arena in Atlanta. Additionally, select matches will be available on ELEAGUE’s Game Command, an innovative mosaic video player that allows the user to choose from thousands of CS:GO viewing combinations.
The New Challengers stage will feature the eight Minor Champions and Runners Up – Renegades and TyLoo from Asia; Avangar and QB Fire from CIS; Space Soldiers and EnVyUs from Europe; and, Misfits and Team Liquid from the Americas – competing against the bottom eight finishers from the previous Major: Cloud9, FaZe Clan, G2 Esports, Natus Vincere, Mousesports, Sprout (formerly Seed), FlipSid3 Tactics and Vega Squadron.
Live The ELEAGUE Major: Boston action will continue with Valve’s The New Legends stage (formerly the “Group Stage”), Friday-Monday, Jan. 19-22, beginning each day at 10 a.m. with live coverage presented on Twitch from ELEAGUE Arena in Atlanta. The New Legends stage will pit the eight new Challenger teams against the top eight finishers from the previous Major: Gambit Esports, 100 Thieves (formerly Immortals), Astralis, Virtus.pro, North, BIG, SK Gaming and Fnatic.
The eight new Legend teams to emerge will compete at Agganis Arena in Boston, Jan. 26-28, during The New Champions stage (formerly the “Playoffs”). Live Twitch coverage of The New Champions stage will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26-27, while live coverage of the event’s final day will begin at Noon on Sunday, Jan. 28.
Five Part The ELEAGUE Major: Boston Feature Series to Debut Friday, Feb. 9, on TBS
In addition to live event coverage, ELEAGUE will take fans on an all-access journey with tournament favorites and hopefuls as they pursue The ELEAGUE Major: Boston trophy. The series will air for five consecutive Fridays on TBS, premiering Friday, Feb. 9. Viewers will get to know superstar players and relative unknowns from the boot camp preparation phase through the Grand Final, as they seek CS:GO glory at The ELEAGUE Major: Boston.
Agganis Arena Fan Experience
The ELEAGUE Major: Boston will ignite the passion of CS:GO fans around the world as it infiltrates Boston’s Agganis Arena, Jan. 26-28, with ticketed guests receiving an RFID-enabled badge. For the first time, attendees will become eligible to receive souvenir drops (randomly awarded in-game items) by linking their Steam accounts to their RFID badges. The badges will also make arena entry and re-entry simple, as well as unlock themed in-arena experiences. Three-day tickets are available at ELEAGUE.com/major, where fans can also find Boston hotel and visitor information.
On-Site Media Access
Media members interested in covering any stage of The ELEAGUE Major: Boston can submit a credential request using this link.
ELEAGUE is the premium esports tournament and content brand formed in partnership between Turner and IMG that officially 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. Over its first two years, ELEAGUE has produced and staged three season-long competitions 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, and a total reach of over 3.6 million viewers throughout the course of the event. 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 actively engages with the amateur gaming community, including hosting the GEICO ELEAGUE Amateur Series. It has continued to expand its portfolio of titles for the ELEAGUE Injustice 2 World Championship and The ELEAGUE Cup: Rocket League. ELEAGUE’s record-setting ELEAGUE Major in 2017 built momentum for the brand to receive a second CS:GO Major bid, with The ELEAGUE Major: Boston set for early 2018.