Esports Just Got More Bad-Ass!
ELEAGUE, the esports tournament branding that Turner and IMG has been utilizing as their primary gaming focus, has taken their outlook to a whole new level. Starting with tomorrow’s Counter Strike: Global Offensive tournament, they plan to take on a whole new technology that makes viewership more involved.
The CS:GO Premier 2017 starts Friday, September 7 at 6PM EST and will be viewable via the channel TBS, Twitch, ELEAGUE.com, YouTube, and Twitter. In collaboration with SLIVER.tv, the event will also be available through virtual reality, in a full 360-degree cinematic stream. VR will be supported across the web, iPhone, Android, Gear VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Daydream and even Google Cardboard platforms. This means viewers don’t have to have a fancy system to watch the tournament, as long as they have a Cardboard.
They have taken partnership with Dell Gaming to bring biometrics to the playing field. Tobii and Alienware have developed new gaming tech beyond anything before. Eye-tracking technology can be utilized to monitor pro players’ split-second reactions and other various statistics that don’t normally get visualized. They’ll use powerful Alienware PCs to create an “immediate gaze overlay,” which can show where players are looking and sense their field of view as they play.
Additionally, ELEAGUE is using Dojo Madness’ Shadow.GG platform. This will give commentators and viewers advanced data, such as heatmaps, smokemaps, and pathmaps. This will also allow for “tactical and statistical” replay views. This gives analysts and onlookers a look into strategy, and can even map out strengths and weaknesses among players.
CS: GO Premier 2017 Is Underway!
The Premier series goes on for several consecutive weeks, culminating in the final playoffs evening in October. With a $1 million prize pool, several teams will be taking each other on during the next month. Tonight’s matchup includes four teams: FaZe Clan, Na’Vi, G2 Esports, and Renegades. Contenders will try for two of the playoff spots tonight.
This lineup, termed “Group A,” includes several well-known players in the sport and many new ones. New rosters for FaZe Clan and Na’Vi are putting fans on the edge of their seats to know how the team is this time around. Former Na’Vi team member Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács is now a part of FaZe Clan. He joins former Fnatic superstar Olof “Olofmeister” Kajbjer Gustafsson. Na’Vi player Danylo “Zeus” Teslenko has been upgraded to in-game leader after his recent Major win.
The two winners of tonight’s match up will go on to the quarterfinals, which begins on Tuesday, October 10th and ends on the 11th.
Finally, which team do you root for? FaZe Clan, Na’Vi, G2 Esports, and Renegades? Sound off below and show your support!