ESEA today announced that they will have a huge prize pot of over $90,000 as well as both a North American and European league.
The grand final of Season 16 will be played on Thursday 19th June after a series of finals leading up to that.
Here is what ESEA said on their website:
I’m very excited to announce ESEA League Season 17, which will feature a global Invite division for CSGO, the resurrection of the Premier division, as well as a new European CSGO Main division. Season 17 will also feature a number of improvements based on user and team feedback from Season 16.
Registration for S17 is now open and will remain so until Monday, July 7th, 2014 at 11:59pm CST. Once registration closes there will be a few days for teams to get acquainted with the system and to schedule their first matches, which will begin Sunday, July 13th, 2014.
Key Changes From Season 16 to Season 17:
- Inaugural North American CSGO Premier division
- Inaugural European CSGO Main division
- Increased prize pot to over $90,000
- Increased number of League servers on new hardware to ease scheduling availability
Features of ESEA League include:
- Two matches per week for all divisions
- Every registered team will receive a free ESEA Voice server
- Complete web match scheduling
- SMS scheduling alerts
- All matches played on our ESEA servers across 15 global locations
- Protection from our industry leading anti-cheat / config locking Client
- Helpful team of handpicked paid league Admins who are active in each community
- Complete box scores and stats for every match
- SpecTV replay downloads for every match within 5 minutes of matches finishing
- Automatic live SpecTV for every match (unlimited number of spectators)
- Automatic POV replay recording
- User prediction system for every match
- LAN event for all Invite division playoffs
- You build your permanent league record
While we went back and forth over what to call the new division, we eventually sided with history and tradition in naming it Premier. One of the primary things I played for, and what I often hear from current players, is the satisfaction of advancement, of progression, and a fifth tier does just that — another goal to reach.
We’re still finalizing the details, but expect stronger competition, a stricter set of rules in preparation for Invite, and a better distribution of talent in the lower divisions.
Team move ups and move downs, a full prize pot breakdown, as well as the map rotations will be announced within the coming weeks so be sure and check back often.