Esports betting and media company Unikrn has announced that its United Masters League will return for a second season this autumn.
The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competition will be supported by esports data platform GRID, which will provide statistics and data to bolster the broadcast experience.
Rahul Sood, CEO of Unikrn discussed the league in a statement: “Unikrn is a proud investor in developing rising esports talent. UML Season 1 created opportunity and experience which propelled several participating teams up the CS:GO rankings — creating opportunities for players at every level is core to Unikrn’s esports-first mentality.”
Taking place over nine weeks, the league will be comprised of three phases and have a total prize purse of $150,000 (£122,619). The first phase includes four weeks of qualifiers and will lead into the second phase with eight invited teams taking on eight qualifying sides. It will all wrap up with a single-elimination bracket.
Moritz Maurer, CEO of GRID Esports also commented: “United Masters League Season 1 knocked viewers out with its data resolution. GRID is continuing to push the boundaries of what can be achieved for esports fans with seamless data integration into broadcast analysis.”
The participating teams in the United Masters League will be announced across August and September, with the first phase poised to start on October 2nd.
Esports Insider says: Having GRID involved is enough to know that the broadcast for UML should be solid. The league has a significant prize pool and a decent format so we hope it gets the viewership it deserves.