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Counter Strike: Global Offensive ESL Premiership Powered by Intel and Gaming from Currys PC World Returns on 19 February for 7th Season

New expanded format; prize pool increased to £12,000

8 Feb 2018: ESL, the world’s largest esports company, today announce the 7th season of the Counter Strike: Global Offensive ESL Premiership powered by Intel and Gaming from Currys PC World will begin on Monday 19 February, making it the longest running CS:GO tournament in UK history.

Following the success of the 2017 Autumn season won by Team Endpoint, the 2018 Spring season has been expanded from eight to ten teams competing across two groups of five. Playoffs have also been added to the tournament with 3rd and 4th placed teams playing across groups before facing off against a 2nd place team for a spot in the LAN finals.

Teams will be competing for an increased prize pool of £12,000 this season and, as part of ESL’s Path to Pro programme, the 2018 champions will move on to compete at a European level with a spot in the Mountain Dew League.

“We are super excited to bring back the CS:GO ESL Premiership powered by Intel and Gaming from Currys PC World for another season,” commented James Dean, UK managing director, ESL. “By increasing the prize pool and including more teams at the group stage, we are working hard to provide more opportunities for UK esports players to compete at the highest level and solidify the ESL Premiership as the UK’s premium national esports league.”

The group stage will run for a five-week period with matches broadcast on Monday and Wednesdayevenings each week. A full schedule will be issued next week with the live finals to be played in late April.

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About ESL ESL, a part of the international digital entertainment group MTG, is the world's largest esports company, leading the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline competitions. It operates high profile, branded international and national leagues and tournaments such as the Intel® Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL National Championships and other top tier stadium-size events, as well as grassroots amateur cups, leagues and matchmaking systems. ESL covers a broad field of services in gaming technology, event management, advertising and television production, fully catering to the needs of the esports ecosystem. With offices in North America, Germany, Russia, France, Poland, Spain, China, and partners in many other countries, it has a truly global footprint (

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