FaceIt and the Esports Championship Series announced Wednesday the ECS Season 3 finals will be June 23-25 at London’s SSE Arena in Wembley.
The first season of ECS also took place at Wembley, and FaceIt co-founder Michele Attisani said during a press event Tuesday that the successful first run made London an appealing spot once again.
“I think last year we had about almost 3,000 people showing up at the event,” Attisani said. “It was (ECS’) first ticketed event together as a company. The UK is not the easiest market when it comes to getting people to esports events. We were happy with the result. We feel this year we can do even better.”
The Counter-Strike summer is again starting to pile up with events. The ECS Season 3 finals line up almost directly in the middle of the ESL Pro League Finals, which are June 3-4 in Dallas, Texas, and ESL One Cologne, which runs July 7-9 before the PGL Major on July 16-23 in Krakow, Poland.
ECS Season 3 begins April 14 and contains 20 teams, 10 each from North America and Europe, competing for a $1.5 million prize pool that also includes team participation fees. The North American field consists of SK Gaming, Cloud9, OpTic, Immortals, Counter Logic Gaming, Luminosity, Team Liquid, NRG, Renegades and Bee’s Money Crew.
In Europe, the field contains Astralis, EnVyUs, FaZe Clan, G2, GODSENT, Mousesports, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Team Dignitas, Fnatic and Virtus.pro.
ECS also announced Wednesday a partnership with the Esports Arena in Santa Ana, Calif, which will broadcast Season 3’s matches. The partnership also opens the door for watch parties, LAN events and other content with the Esports Arena’s close proximity to many of the North American teams.
“We really want to create a place for the community and fans to get together and have viewing parties and meet and greet with talent and players that will come and so on,” Attisani said Tuesday. “That’s absolutely the plan.”
Cover photo courtesy of FaceIt/ECS