Finnish tournament operator Elisa Esports has joined forces with Relog Media, Funspark and esports data platform GRID to create a $2.7m (~£1.95m) international CS:GO series with a shared tournament structure.
According to the release, the competition will include the Elisa Invitational, Home Sweet Home, and Funspark tournament series. The series will run across the 2021 and 2022 seasons.
All of the tournaments within the Elisa Champion of Champions Tour will operate under the same tournament structure, which is based on GRID’s scoring data for the teams.
Teemu Koski, Head of Elisa Esports, spoke on the announcement in a release: “With the extended tournament structure co-operated with Relog Media and Funspark, we wanted to provide a new way for European top teams to better their rankings and compete, even if they are not official partners with the largest commercial leagues.
“Our tour will attract an extraordinary combination of interesting teams in the world, which has been a long-awaited element by our viewers and fans across the Nordics and Europe. For our viewers, we wanted to tell that we have listened, and acted accordingly.”
The tournament series of each of the organisers will lead up to the Elisa Champion of Champions event, which is expected to take place in fall 2022.
Each tournament organiser will continue to provide individual prize pools, which accumulates to a total of $2,7m (~£2.24m) in prizes across the whole circuit.
Pasi Lindqvist, Senior Business Designer at Elisa Esports, also commented: “Throughout 2020, we have put a significant effort in order to truly understand what our viewers and fans would love to see us deliver, both in terms of the content for the viewers and the professional opportunities for Finnish and Nordic esports teams. Partnering up with GRID, Relog Media and Funspark proves that we’re on the right track, and we will continue to work hard in order to serve the people who love esports.
“We can expect nothing less than a year-long party for the fans, as the new structure brings together the most interesting teams and players across Europe, week after week”, added Koski.
Esports Insider says: The introduction of Elisa Champion of Champions provides greater opportunities for not only CS:GO teams, but to the tournament organisers associated. Alongside prize pools, Home Sweet Home, Funspark and the Elisa Invitational will be able to provide cumulative points for the event, which should provide more incentives for CS:GO organisations.