ATLANTA, GA— September 29, 2016— ELEAGUE, the professional esports organization formed in partnership between Turner and WME | IMG, will host the next Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) Major Championship to be held January 22-29, 2017, in Atlanta. The Grand Final – televised live on TBS with a simulcast on Twitch – will take center stage on Sunday, Jan. 29, from historic Fox Theatre in midtown Atlanta.
The ELEAGUE Major – the 10th Major Championship in the history of CS:GO and one of only a few majors held each year – will feature the top eight teams (“Legends”) from the previous major competing against eight “Challengers” decided by a qualifier round. The Major Qualifier, held December 15-18 from ELEAGUE Arena in Atlanta and presented live on Twitch, will include the eight teams eliminated in the group stage from the prior major, as well as the top eight teams identified through Regional Minor Championships.
The collective 16 Legend and Challenger teams will compete for the title of CS:GO Major Champion, as well as earning the majority share of a one million dollar prize pool. The entire event will be streamed live via the ELEAGUE channel on Twitch, with the Grand Final presented live on TBS and Twitch.
“When we launched ELEAGUE, we set out to deliver a best-in-class experience for esports teams, players and fans and we’re grateful to the entire community for their ongoing support and engagement with our content,” said Lenny Daniels, President of Turner Sports. “Less than one year since ELEAGUE’s debut, we’re thrilled to host the next CS:GO Major Championship and we will utilize all of our collective resources to help further elevate this prestigious event.”
“We’re proud and honored to host this CS:GO Major Championship after just one full season of ELEAGUE,” said Mark Shapiro, Chief Content Officer, WME | IMG. “It is a testament to the positive response we’ve received from the entire esports community and the focus we’ve maintained on delivering an authentic, quality product each and every week through ELEAGUE. This is an exciting next step as we continue to expand our esports portfolio.”
ELEAGUE Arena within Turner Studios in Atlanta will host CS:GO Major Championship event coverage from Sunday through Wednesday, Jan. 22-25, with Fox Theatre as the host venue Friday through Sunday, Jan. 27-29.
Fans interested in attending The ELEAGUE Major can purchase tickets here.
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