ESL UK increases CSGO Prem prize pool and number of teams

ESL UK has announced first details of its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Spring 2018 Premiership.

The number of participating teams has increased from eight to ten, competing across two groups of five.

The prize pool has also increased from £10,500 to £12,000. Once again, the winners of the Prem will claim a spot in the Mountain Dew League via ESL's Path to Pro programme.

Playoffs have also been added to the tournament, with the third and fourth placed teams playing across groups, before facing off against a second place team for a spot in the LAN finals.

It's the seventh season of the CSGO Premiership, which ESL says makes it the longest-running CSGO tournament in UK history.

 

"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."
James Dean, ESL UK

 

It all kicks off later this month, on Monday February 19th, and is backed by big-name sponsors Intel and Gaming from Currys PC World.

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

The 2017 Autumn season ESL CSGO Premiership was won by Team Endpoint at EGX, which took place at the Birmingham NEC last September.

"We are super excited to bring back the CSGO ESL Premiership powered by Intel and Gaming from Currys PC World for another season," commented James Dean, UK managing director at 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."

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