FACEIT Provides The Gaming Platform For The TBS And WME/IMG ELEAGUE

Written By Joss Wood on May 25, 2016 - Last Updated on January 22, 2018

[toc]The brand new ELEAGUE, which presented its first TBS broadcast on May 24, has appointed FACEIT as its official gaming platform.

FACEIT will provide a dedicated LAN server solution and advanced match analytics as well as live data feeds which will be integrated into the ELEAGUE live broadcasts.

The company is a “preferred partner” for Microsoft’s new Xbox Live Tournaments Platform and boasts of “4 million users competing in over 10 million gaming sessions a month” on its proprietary gaming platform.

“We’re excited to partner with Turner and WME | IMG in this endeavor. We share the same vision for the esports ecosystem, and ELEAGUE represents a first step in the evolution of the scene,” said Michele Attisani, co-founder and chief business officer of FACEIT.

“Combining these titans of the entertainment and broadcasting industries with FACEIT’s esports expertise allows ELEAGUE to provide the community an exceptional all-around experience, and we look forward to further collaboration towards the future development of the sport.”

ELEAGUE is a shared venture involving industry heavyweights

The ELEAGUE is the creation of a joint venture between Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) and WME | IMG.

WME | IMG is a business focused on “talent” in the sports, film and entertainment industries. The company was formed in 2013 after WME and IMG merged.

TBS is a semi-autonomous division of Time Warner, which broadcasts television content to almost 100 million U.S. households.

The deal creating the ELEAGUE will use TBS to broadcast Counter-Strike:Global Offensive (CS:GO) competitions to over 80 countries. The league features 24 of the world’s top CS:GO teams, including fnatic, Virtus.Pro, Na’Vi, Luminosity Gaming and Ninjas in Pyjamas.

Four teams will play each other every week for 10 weeks, culminating in a ELEAGUE Championship which will be held in Atlanta on July 30.

A few days ago, the ELEAGUE announced that it has also struck a deal with Twitch to live stream the league action.

FACEIT has extensive knowledge of esports and CS:GO

FACEIT has plenty of experience with CS:GO. It is the primary game offered on its B2C platform, alongside Dota 2.

“It’s truly amazing how far FACEIT and ELEAGUE have come since sharing concepts on a broadcast partnership only a few months ago,” said Tobias Sherman, global head of esports at WME | IMG. “FACEIT’s dedication to providing players and the community an exceptional experience has been invaluable and will set this league apart as a model for future esports initiatives.”

Atlanta championship will be held at the new Turner Studios Arena

On May 24, Turner officially opened a 10,000-square foot studio-arena which is dedicated to the esports venture.

Lenny Daniels, president of Turner Sports said:

“We are all incredibly excited for the launch of ELEAGUE and the opportunity to showcase this live event experience from our new state-of-the-art facility.”

The studio arena will come equipped with 24-high end cameras including 12 competing team and player perspective focused cameras and a ceiling that will provide a 360-degree view of the venue.

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Joss Wood holds an English degree from the University of Birmingham and also earned a master’s degree in organizational development from the University of Manchester. Joss has a special focus on the international online gambling market, though he also writes extensively on US regulated markets, sports betting, and esports betting.

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