ELEAGUE, professional eSports league that is being launched by Turner Broadcasting in May of 2016 is set to launch their second season. The second season will begin on Sept. 7th with the televised portion beginning Oct. 21th.
ELEAGUE’s Grand Final will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3. The Grand Final will air live at 4 p.m. ET on TBS. The network will continue to televise a weekly Friday night showcase at 10 p.m. throughout the group stage round. Additionally, all the action will continue to be available via Twitch.
The top eight teams from ELEAGUE’s first season will automatically qualify for the group stage round in season two. Additionally, all other teams that participated in season one will be invited to play in the preliminary round.
According to a recent news release, Christina Alejandre, General Manager of ELEAGUE and Vice President of eSports, Turner Sports said, “We’ve been very pleased with the performance of ELEAGUE and the significant levels of engagement with our content across all platforms in our first season. In our second season, we’ve enhanced the schedule to make the stakes even higher from a competitive standpoint, while also creating an opportunity for a more open field. We believe this new format will keep our audience engaged with our content from the opening week through the grand finals and be more accommodating to team and player schedules.”
Below is the complete ELEAGUE season two schedule (from ELEAGUE news release):
European: September 7-8
American: September 14-15
Format: 16 teams per region / single elimination / four teams per region advance to group stage
Group A: October 21-22
Group B: November 4-5
Group C: November 11-12
Group D: November 18-19
Format: four teams per group / double elimination / top two teams per group advance to playoffs
Quarterfinals: November 29-30
Semifinals: December 2
Grand Finals: December 3
Format: eight teams / single elimination