Gfinity have made another major announcement in the run up to the kick off of their highly anticipated Elite Series tournament.
According to a press release from Gfinity, the kick off of the first season of the Elite Series is just around the corner, set to be broadcast to “homes worldwide, live at 6:00pm on 7th July.”
The Elite series will run for a period of nine weeks following completion of a draft, the first of its type in UK esports where aspiring amateurs will be selected by the eight franchise teams based on their performance in the Challenger Series, currently taking place.
Street Fighter V will get the action underway on Friday July 7th, with four hours of competition, followed the next day by a massive twelve hours of Counter Strike. Finally, Rocket League will commence on Sunday, kicking off at noon.
Each franchise will play seven matches in each of the three titles during the duration of the Elite Series, with the top four teams at the close of the season advancing into a playoff where they’ll compete for the competition title and a cut of the prize purse.
Following the finale of the Elite Series, the second season of the Challenger Series will immediately commence.
Gfinity also announced that while the whole competition will take place in the UK, players do not have to be UK based.
Full press release as follows:
07:00AM BST, May 19 2017
GFINITY REVEALS DETAILS OF ITS INAUGURAL ELITE SERIES TOURNAMENT
Gfinity, a leading global esports promoter based in London, U.K., has today announced the much-anticipated dates and details of the UK’s first fully offline esports league, starting this year. The competition will see eight top professional esports teams battle it out across three iconic games, in three independent tournaments. The action all takes place at the home of UK esports, The Gfinity Arena in London, offering gamers a thrilling experience to cheer on their favourite team in a fiercely competitive, live environment.
The Gfinity Challenger Series, currently taking place and offering gamers of any level the chance to compete and qualify for the Gfinity Elite Draft, will close on 4th June. The Draft will then be held on 16th June, where 48 of the most talented amateur players will earn their place on stage playing alongside the top professional teams in the Gfinity Elite Series, which will be exploding out of the Gfinity Arena and into homes worldwide, live at 6:00pm on 7th July!
In addition to these dates, Gfinity have also announced a Player’s Day, which will take place on 26th and 27th June in London. All players will attend, including newly drafted team members, to weigh up their competition for the first time ahead of battle at the Elite Series.
The Elite Series, which runs for nine intense weeks, kicks off with Street Fighter V taking the 6:00pm to 10:00pm Friday night slot, followed by 12 hours of battle in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive starting at 10:00am in the Saturday slot, and rounding off the weekend with the manic clashes of Rocket League on Sundays between 12:00pm and 6:00pm.
In the regular season, the eight teams will play seven matches each, within three separate leagues defined by game title, facing each opponent once. Following the regular season, the top four teams will progress to a playoff spot for each of the three leagues. In the playoffs, the teams will be split into two semi-finals with the winners meeting head to head in a final showdown for the top cash prize and glory of being crowned the Elite Series champion of each league.
In addition to the three independent leagues for each of the game titles, Gfinity will, for the first time in esports history, be running a franchise championship, which means that every time a team wins, the franchise wins its own prize money, with all winnings from the independent title leagues paid out to the players.
- The Gfinity Challenger Series, the GfinityElite Draft and the Gfinity Elite Series are the three phases of the new esports tournament, which will run sequentially through seasons in 2017
- The Gfinity Challenger Series feeds the GfinityElite Draft, where the most talented gamers will have the chance to be drafted into the UK’s top professional teams in the Gfinity Elite Series
- The Gfinity Elite Series will take place live, at the home of UK esports, The Gfinity arena in London, and broadcast to the world online.
- When season one of the Gfinity Elite Series begins, season two of the Gfinity Challenger Series will commence, meaning that gamers can play online for their spot in series two of the draft and watch the Elite Series tournament, simulatenously.
- The Gfinity Elite Series will initially launch in the UK and teams will be UK-based, however players do not need to be UK nationals
Formed and managed by gamers and with the backing of engaged financial investors, Gfinity Plc was created to propel esports in the UK to a professional level, raise awareness of gaming as a competitive spectator sport and to provide a venue for gamers to showcase their talent. Gfinity is one of the world’s leading providers of esports competitions and content, hosting thousands of competitions every month through its online tournament platform (www.gfinity.net) which brings together the gaming elite and casual enthusiasts. With multiple leagues across the best gaming titles, gamers are able to compete for prestige and prizes or play for pride and boost their skills playing with gamers of a similar standard. The Gfinity Arena in Fulham Broadway, London is the home of UK esports showcasing regular tournaments across the full range of competitive games. Beyond its own tournaments Gfinity provides a full turnkey solution for any brand wanting to create their own esports tournaments and has staged premium esports events for leading publishers and brands including Microsoft, Activision, EA, Xbox, Gillette and HP, some being hosted in iconic venues including the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the Royal Opera House.