It has been announced that ELEAGUE and Twitter will partner to provide live streaming coverage of this week’s ELEAGUE semifinals and championship, featuring Valve’s popular Counter-Strike: Global Offensive game.
The live event competitions will be held Friday and Saturday, July 29th and 30th, from Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta. This will mark a milestone in that it’ll be the first esports event presented live on Twitter. ELEAGUE was put together by Turner and WME | IMG and the debut season has been shown in full on TBS.
ELEAGUE’s first semifinal featuring Fnatic against Navi will take place Friday, July 29, at 5 p.m. ET, followed by the second semifinal, Virtus.Pro v Mousesports, at 10 p.m.
The season one championship will be held Saturday, July 30, at 4 p.m. with the top two CS:GO teams facing off in a best-of-three series.
TBS’s enhanced event coverage will be televised as part of the Friday night showcase at 10 p.m., along with the championship on Saturday at 4 p.m. Live streaming coverage of all three matches – featuring the observer feed – will be available on both Twitter and Twitch.
In addition to live event coverage, the @EL Twitter handle will provide real-time highlights, GIFs, memes, stats and score updates; Periscope content with ELEAGUE on-air talent; and behind-the-scenes footage with players.
Christina Alejandre, General Manager of ELEAGUE and Vice President of eSports, Turner Sports said: “Twitter is the native social platform for esports and this partnership provides our passionate fans with an additional opportunity to consume ELEAGUE content as we reach the pinnacle of our first season. We’re excited for our first ELEAGUE championship and look forward to offering these content experiences to our high-engaged fan base.”
Anthony Noto, Twitter’s Chief Financial Officer added: “Esports fans go to Twitter to see and talk about what is happening now in competitive gaming.
“Gamers are one of the largest and most engaged audiences on Twitter, and we are thrilled to partner with Turner and WME I IMG to bring them the live content from ELEAGUE and Twitter commentary they are already looking for, all on one screen.”
Throughout its championship coverage, ELEAGUE will continue to feature a limited commercial break format across all three platforms, which will include advertising branding and content from official marketing partners Domino’s, Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings and Credit Karma.