The team at GFINITY aren’t messing around when it comes to the third series of their Elite Series franchise competition.
The London based tournament organizer had a successful couple of seasons that saw eight esports organizations compete across three separate titles, complete with a draft system, known as the Challenger Series.
Heading into season three and there have been some big changes, switching out CS:GO for FIFA 18 and replacing some of the smaller esports organizations with some of the biggest in Europe.
Gfinity released a press release on Tuesday, February 13th that confirmed media powerhouse UNILAD would be the tenth and final franchise added for season three, joining new recruits including Team Vitality, Nordavind, Team Ares, Fnatic and Hashtag Utd.
UNILAD has over 50 million fans across the world that rack up over four billion video views-per-month across its 9 media channels. Alongside their current FIFA players, they also have an elite level Call of Duty team, who are currently competing in the CWL Pro League.
The third season of the Gfinity Elite Series begins on Friday, March 9th from the Gfinity Arena in Fulham, London.
Gfinity Elite Series – Season Three Franchises
- Team Ares
- Team Envy
- Epsilon eSports
- exceL Esports
- Hashtag Utd
- Team Vitality
Gfinity and UNILAD Press Release:
London, UK, 13th February 2018 – Gfinity, a leading international esports entertainment group, today announced that UNILAD Esports, backed by its global media powerhouse namesake, has signed-up to the Elite Series for Season 3 replacing Reason Gaming. With a 250,000 prize pot up for grabs, UNILAD will line up against global esports heavyweights including Fnatic, Vitality and Team Envy when the tournament kicks-off on Friday 9th March at the Gfinity Esports Arena in London. As part of the agreement, UNILAD will host content from the Gfinity Elite Series across multiple channels during the eight weeks of competition.
UNILAD has an army of 50 million fans across the world that rack up over 4 billion video views-per-month across its 9 media channels. Its esports operation has some of the best global talent including Spencer ‘Gorilla’ Ealing, the current FIFA Interactive World Cup champion. Armed with the reputation as the best attacker in the history of FIFA, Spencer’s recent win was England’s first taste of gold medal glory at the FIWC since 2005.
The signing of UNILAD adds even more anticipation ahead of this season’s Elite Draft, where the best amateur players from the Challenger Series will be drafted to the 10 professional teams competing in the Elite Series. All teams will then compete in a five-week regular season in a bid to make the play-offs which will be played over a three-week period.
“The signing of UNILAD sets up the coming season of Elite Series to be our most exciting yet and promises to deliver some blockbuster entertainment. We set out to create a UK tournament that has global appeal and the major teams and players we now have competing could grace any of the major global tournaments.“, said Neville Upton, CEO of Gfinity. “We know that UNILAD’s fans watch only the best in entertainment and that’s exactly what the Elite Series is going to give them.”
“We’re really excited that UNILAD Esports is joining the roster for the upcoming Gfinity Elite Series. The Gfinity Elite Series is the perfect tournament for our global audience to engage with the best esports content and get more fans involved in the action,” said Liam Harrington, CEO of UNILAD. “We look forward to supporting our players over the competition and working with Gfinity.”