PokerStars To Sponsor a Esports League

Publish: 25.10.2017

PokerStars’ French division has made a deal that will see it enter the eSports business.

PokerStars.fr will be the new sponsor of a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) league. The competition in question is the Esports European League.

The inaugural season is currently in progress, while the matches are broadcasted on Canal+ owned Channel C8.

Six Teams, One Goal

The league consists of six teams – five from France and one from Denmark, while the prize money is €20,000, which is an amount below standard when it comes to eSports events.

Here is the complete list of the teams participating in the Season 1 of the Esports European League:

EnVUs Academy (France)
AAa (France)
ARES (France)
Ionic (France)
DizLown (France)
North Academy (Denmark)

The second season is scheduled to begin in November when the qualifications start. The two finalists will secure their places in the competition, while the other four teams will make their league debut.

PokerStars has already shown its interest in eSports, especially since the company’s employees Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier and Randy “nanonoko” Lew are members of the eSports squad Team Liquid.

About CS:GO

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) is a multiplayer first-person shooter video game, released back in 2012, and named the eSports Game of the Year in 2015.

The game pits two teams against each other: the Terrorists and the Counter-Terrorists, while both sides have additional objectives to complete, apart from eliminating each other. There are six game modes in total, with each one having unique characteristics.

The game’s professional scene consists of tournaments with the prize pools of up to $1 million.

PokerStars has been a member of the Stars Group since 2014. The Canadian gaming company, based in Toronto, acquire the Isle of Man-headquartered the online poker cardroom in a $4.9 billion deal.