This week sees the start of the second season of Faceit’s eSports Championship Series, or better known as ECS. This CS:GO competition will take place over eight weeks, and will feature 20 of the best CS:GO teams in the world.
If you want to follow along with the competition – and you really should – then you’ll be able to tune in to Ginx eSports TV on Sky Channel 470 or Virgin Channel 290 to watch every single match.
You’ll be able watch the first round of matches from 9PM BST until 5AM between the 6-9 October and then again next week between 11-16 October.
The 20 teams are formed from a selection of invited and qualified teams, with those that have earned their place in the ECS Season 2 via the open qualifiers having played their games in August.
Additionally some teams earned their place via last month’s Development League, a series of matches that allowed otherwise high profile teams earn another chance at the ECS tournament proper.
The qualified teams are:
- Team Liquid
- NRG eSports
- OpTic Gaming
- Team SoloMid
- SK Gaming
- G2 eSports
- Team EnVyUs
- FaZe Clan
- Ninjas In Pyjamas
- Team Dignitas
Initially there will be two simultaneous leagues, one for Europe and one for North America, after which the highest placing teams will earn a place in the finals – the culmination of which will end on the 7 December 2016.
Faceit has announced that $1.75 million in funding will be available for ECS Season 2, but in an unusual move this won’t be entirely for the prize pool.
In a fashion similar to how Riot Games handles its competitions for League Of Legends, ECS Season 2 will also provide financial backing for the players taking part – with Faceit claiming this is intended to give greater security to anyone competing in the league, akin to how traditional sports players earn their wages.
It’s a good move for the tournament, but mostly for the eSports scene at large as it seeks to provide greater credibility and viability to the players and the teams involved.
G2 eSports was the team that won season one of Faceit’s ECS in an intense match against Luminosity – the roster of which now forms SK Gaming.
Will G2 eSports look to take the crown again, or can upcoming hotshots Godsent make it to the top? Can Ninjas In Pyjamas once again become reigning champions, or will Virtus.Pro find the consistency it needs to prove it’s a dominant team in the CS:GO scene?
Find out on Ginx eSports TV!