Introducing the 8th season of the EMS!
We proudly present to everyone the 8th season of Europe's top online league! The finest leagues, more than a thousand players competing and thousands more will try to qualify - with 16,000 Euros worth of prize money for the best of the best. Fasten your seatbelts for the ESL Major Series Season VIII!
The ESL Major Series is the highest level of European competition in the ESL for games and disciplines not included in the Intel Extreme Masters. Over the past seven seasons and four years, more than €100,000 in prize money has been won by hundreds of gamers.
While Season VII is in the final stages, we are today prepared to announce the upcoming season's games and prize distribution.
Heroes of Newerth (5on5): €5,000
Overall Prize Money: €16,000
As always the Prize money for the ESL Major Series is heavily sponsored by the Electronic Sports League!
Changes!As part of our ongoing aim to push eSports forwards in today's most most popular games, we have made some changes since last season. We have decided to change Quake Live from 4on4 to 2on2 TDM, Call of Duty 4 moves on to Call of Duty: Black Ops, FIFA was transformed back to it's old format of 1on1 after concluding the 3on3 trial and Trackmania Nations Forever has an overhaul as well from 1on1 to Team Mode. More information for each game will be announced by their admin teams on their EMS homepages in the upcoming days.
More coming!As you may have noticed the total prize money does not add up to the amount spread of the games. Next week Monday we will have a special announcement but we cannot give away too much details for now. Stay tuned!
The other games?Several games from the previous season have not returned in the eighth season due to their activity in the ESL over the last season. If you don't see your favourite game in the list, then do what you can to make it more active on the ESL and it could be included next season.
Selecting the gamesWe have three types of games in the EMS. Firstly there are games with national qualifiers, secondly games with international qualifiers and last but not least we have publisher supported games. The selection of games that are not publisher supported is based on the activity, performance, statistics of the game in the ESL and other various factors.
More details?Details on how to qualify for Season VIII in all games will come in the not too distant future. The prize money breakdown for each game will be revealed at the same time as we announce the national rankings for each game at the end of next week!
Johan, Friday, 14/01/11 12:40
EMS Season VIII Portal