ELEAGUE to host CS:GO Major in January

The tenth Counter-Strike: Global Offensive major will be hosted by Turner’s ELEAGUE and will also be the first event of its kind to be aired on primetime North American television next year.

The tenth Counter-Strike: Global Offensive major will be hosted by Turner’s ELEAGUE and will also be the first event of its kind to be aired on primetime North American television next year.

The CS:GO Valve majors are the pinnacle of the game’s competitive circuit. Promising a full broadcasting experience via both Twitch and TBS, the ELEAGUE major (running Jan. 22 to 29) has the opportunity to reach the terrestrial TV market in a way none of the previous majors have been able to.

“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,” said the president of Turner Sports Lenny Daniels in Turner’s official news release.

ELEAGUE is a professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive league that began broadcasting in Summer 2016 on TBS. On September 24, 2015 Turner Broadcasting announced that it was partnering with talent agency WME/IMG for a new esports project. The league features 24 teams from across the world to compete in two 10-week league seasons annually, which includes a regular season, playoffs, and a championship. Sources at Turner say there are no plans to lock teams into exclusivity, unlike the Championship Gaming Series, a previous attempt in 2006-2008 to bring professional video games to television in the United States.

For ELEAGUE to broadcast the major also speaks to the company’s increasing involvement in the esports industry. While the finals of the inaugural season of ELEAGUE’s CS:GO event saw the second-lowest ratings of the season, the television network appears to have doubled down on esports with another season of CS:GO on the horizon as well as its ongoing Overwatch debut.

Additionally, the ELEAGUE major will take place across an entire week, giving rise to speculation surrounding the often-criticized format of the Valve majors. However, no information about the tournament’s format or prize pool have been unveiled.

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