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
“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.