Esports Championship Series Announces Schedule and Groups of Finals Taking Place at SSE Arena, Wembley June 24-26

LONDON – 10 June, 2016 – The schedule and groups for the Esports Championship Series – Counter-Strike (ECS-CS) Finals have now been set. Starting on Friday, 24 June at 12:15 BST, each of the top eight teams will face off in the first rounds of the group stage. The following two days, those teams will vie for the top position in the remaining bouts at the SSE Arena, Wembley for a series of intense matches leading up to the grand final on Sunday, 26 June.

The Esports Championship Series (ECS) is the revolutionary new esports initiative launched by FACEIT and Twitch, with the final matches of the inaugural league, ECS – Counter-Strike, to be hosted at London’s esteemed SSE Arena, Wembley on 25-26 June, 2016. Tickets for the finals are available at the official event page or through the official AXS website. The full three days of the final will be streamed live on FACEIT’s official Twitch channel on 24-26 June, 2016.

The full Finals groups and schedule, including the respective schedules for each of the final eight teams, are as follows:

Group A:

  • Luminosity Gaming (Brazil)
  • G2 Esports (France)
  • NiP (Sweden)
  • Team Liquid (USA)

Group B:

  • astralis (Denmark)
  • Cloud9 (USA)
  • TSM (Canada)
  • Fnatic (Sweden)

Day 1 – Friday 24 June

  • 12:15 – 13:30: Luminosity Gaming vs. NiP (Group A.1 – Upper Bracket Semi #1)
  • 13:30 – 14:45: Team Liquid vs. G2 Esports (Group A.2 – UB Semi #2)
  • 14:45 – 16:00: Winner A.1 vs. Winner A.2 (Group A.3 – UB Final)
  • 16:00 – 17:15: astralis vs. TSM (Group B.1 – UB Semi #1)
  • 17:15 – 18:30: Fnatic vs. Cloud9 (Group B.2 – UB Semi #2)
  • 18:30 – 19:45: Winner B.1 vs. Winner B.2 (Group B.3 – UB Final)

Day 2 – Saturday 25 June

  • 11:15 – 14:15: Loser A.1 vs. Loser A.2 (Group A.4 – Lower Bracket #1)
  • 14:15 – 17:15: Loser B.1 vs. Loser B.2 (Group B.4 – LB #1)
  • 17:15 – 20:15: Winner A.4 vs. Loser A.3 (Group A.5 – LB Final)
  • 20:15 – 23:15: Winner B.4 vs. Loser B.3 (Group B.5 – LB Final)

Day 3 – Sunday 26 June

  • 12:00 – 15:00: #1 Group B vs. #2 Group A (Semifinal #1)
  • 15:30 – 18:30: #1 Group A vs. #2 Group B (Semifinal #2)
  • 20:00 – 23:00: Winner Semi #1 vs. Winner Semi #2 (Grand Final)

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ECS – Counter-Strike is the flagship league of the Esports Championship Series and is the first professional esports league to offer teams co-ownership, like many traditional professional sports leagues. ECS – Counter-Strike consists of 20 teams (10 from North America and 10 from Europe) with US$3.5M in payout for prize money and financial support.

Esports fans can find all things ECS on the official website, www.csgoleague.com. On the website, fans will have access to the league’s schedule, more information on the teams, current standings and match scores, along with ECS match replays.

For more information on the Esports Championship Series and the debut season of the ECS – Counter-Strike, please visit the new league website, www.csgoleague.com, or follow the ECS on Twitter.

About FACEIT

FACEIT is the leading competitive platform for online multiplayer games, with more than 4 million users logging in a total of over 6 million online game sessions each month. FACEIT allows players to easily play in tournaments and leagues for virtual and real-world prizes through automated tournament management and matchmaking technology. For developers, FACEIT’s advanced software development kit (SDK) allows game creators to easily integrate user-friendly matchmaking and tournaments into their titles to allow gamers to take part in competitive online games at all skill levels. esports organizers, players and communities use FACEIT to create and manage online competitions. For more information on FACEIT, please visit www.faceit.com.

About Twitch

Twitch is the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers. Each month, more than 100 million community members gather to watch and talk about video games with more than 1.7 million broadcasters. Twitch’s video platform is the backbone of both live and on-demand distribution for the entire video game ecosystem. This includes game developers, publishers, media outlets, events, user generated content, and the entire esports scene. Twitch also features Twitch Creative, a category devoted to artists and the creative process. For more information about Twitch, visit the official website and blog.