Kicking off on 28 May, ELeague will see 18 teams – including Mousesports, Luminosity Gaming, Virtus.pro, Team Liquid and Ninjas in Pyjamas – compete for ten weeks for their share of $1,2 million.
SuperSport will be broadcasting a live match every week with the action kicking off at 4am, and follows SuperSport’s first coverage of eSports earlier this year.
With competitive gaming growing in popularity, SuperSport has signed up to broadcast ELeague, featuring 18 elite Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams from around the globe competing over 10 weeks from a state-of-the-art arena in Atlanta.
Debuting this week, the league is offering a staggering $1,2-million in prize money for the season.
International teams in the mix include an eclectic bunch, among them Mousesports, Luminosity Gaming, Virtus.pro, Team Liquid and Ninjas in Pyjamas.
“ELeague is at the forefront of eSport and we’re looking forward to charting this new frontier on both digital and television platforms,” said Gideon Khobane, CEO of SuperSport. “Our debut broadcast of eSport earlier this year was very well received throughout the gaming community. Over 200 million people watch eSport annually – we hope to add to that impressive number.”
The early-week action (Monday to Thursday) will be streamed live on supersport.com with the final nights of each week’s league play being broadcast live on SuperSport from the US early on Saturday mornings.
The competition runs through June and July and concludes with the global championship on July 30.
“ELeague is a global competition showcasing some of the best teams around the world and we’re committed to providing best-in-class coverage across all platforms in all countries,” said Craig Barry, EVP and Chief Content Officer of Turner Sports. “This global approach to distributing eSport content is reflective of the worldwide community that so passionately supports it.”
Date Episode Start Channel Status
28 May Week 1: Final 4am SS6’s Live
4 June Week 2: Final 4am SS6’s Live
11 June Week 3: Final 4am SS6’s Live
18 June Week 4: Final 4am SS6’s Live
25 June Week 5: Final 4am SS6’s Live
2 July Week 6: Final 4am SS7’s Live
Week 7 – BYE
16 July Week 8:
Last Change Qualifier 4am SS6’s Live
23 July Week 9:
Quarter Finals 4am SS5’s Live
30 July Week 10:
Semi Finals 4am SS7’s Live
30 July Global Championships 4am SS7’s Live