City League, a competition based upon city-based teams competing in physical venues across Europe, has now announced the brands that will take part.
The league was originally meant to be centered around Overwatch, but City League had to realign these plans when Blizzard instructed the company to cease any operations involving the title. Now, the first season of the competition will be played on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
The eight city-based teams that will compete in the inaugural season of City League, including their venue and nationality, are as follows:
- Alphen Rhinos – Esports Game Arena (Netherlands)
- Ghent Giants – Outpost Gaming Center (Belgium)
- United Bialystok – Games United Esports Bar (Poland)
- Zagreb Wolves – Esport Arena (Croatia)
- Antwerp Giantkillers – Outpost Gaming Center (Belgium)
- Birkirkara Tigers – Gamers Lounge (Malta)
- Infinity Budapest – Infinity Esports Bar (Hungary)
- Mostar Hornets – Esport Arena (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
The first iteration of the City League will last for a total of five weeks – consisting of a three-week group stage that leads into a two-week playoff stage. The season kicks off on July 19th, with matches taking place on Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons.
The prize pool and talent for the league are yet to be announced, but City League isn’t holding back with its ambitious plans for the second season. In the announcement on Reddit, it revealed its plans to have double the amount of teams that are set to compete this time round.
Esports Insider says: It’s good to see City League secure eight teams for its inaugural season after it had to quickly divert its plans and pick an entirely new game. Hopefully there’s a decent prize pool for the budding competitors to aim towards! Either way, the potential exposure for the venues and competitive experience for the players will be incredibly valuable.