ELEAGUE Unveils Commentator Lineup for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Premier 2017
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
TBS to Televise Special Preview Show Featuring Analysis on the
Complete 16-Team Field this Friday, Sept. 1, at 10 p.m. ET/PT
ELEAGUE, the premium esports tournament and content brand from Turner and IMG, has unveiled its full commentator lineup for the upcoming ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017. The Premier is set to launch with a special preview show airing Friday, Sept. 1, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on TBS. Live action will take center stage the following week with the Group A round showcased Friday, Sept. 8, at 10 p.m. ET on TBS.
Richard Lewis will host the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017, joined by a five-person rotation of commentators including former professional Counter-Strike player Jason “Moses” O’Toole, Anders Blume, Daniel “DDK” Kapadia, Auguste “Semmler” Massonat and James Bardolph. The commentator team will serve in a hybrid caster-analyst role, offering pre- and post-match insights while also calling live in-game action in interchanging pairings. Additionally, Sue “Smix” Lee will be an in-arena correspondent, providing news and information throughout the event and interviews with key players.
ELEAGUE will launch the Premier with a one-hour preview show Friday, Sept. 1, at 10 p.m. on TBS, including highlights, news and analysis on the players and teams competing in the upcoming tournament. Lewis will host the show with Moses, Blume, DDK, Semmler and Bardolph providing commentary. The show will also feature an interview with Counter-Strike legend Olof “Olofmeister” Kajbjer, as well as a look back at the best CS:GO moments from past ELEAGUE events.
Live ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017 matches will begin with Group A on Friday, Sept. 8, at 10 p.m. on TBS, with digital coverage beginning at 6 p.m. across Twitch, YouTube, Twitter and ELEAGUE.com. Live Group A matches will continue Saturday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m. with coverage available via those same digital platforms.
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 announced the GEICO ELEAGUE Amateur Series and the ELEAGUE Injustice 2 World Championship coming this Fall.