Beginning in 2016, two of the most influential brands in global media, Turner and WME | IMG, will partner to create a professional eSports league, named the Eleague, unprecedented in its size, scope and production value. For the first time in gaming history, in addition to over 30 hours of weekly competition streamed live digitally, eSports will be exhibited regularly on a fully-distributed national television platform, TBS, and will be staged, produced and promoted in a manner reflective of other major traditional American sports leagues such as the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball. ELEAGUE will debut in 2016 with tournaments featuring Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO).
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ELEAGUE, sometimes shortened as EL, is a professional eSports league that began broadcasting in 2016 on the American television channel TBS. In September 2015, Turner Broadcasting announced that it was partnering with talent agency WME/IMG for a new eSports league. The name “ELEAGUE” was officially unveiled later that year. Launched with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in May 2016, the league featured 24 teams from across the world to compete in two 10-week league seasons annually, which includes a regular season, playoffs, and a championship. ELEAGUE currently has no plans to lock teams into exclusivity, unlike the Championship Gaming Series, a previous attempt to bring professional video games to television in the United States. Matches are broadcast live on TBS every Friday night. ELEAGUE later shortened the number of teams in the tournament to sixteen for CS:GO. The third season of ELEAGUE featured the popular fighting game Street Fighter. EL also featured side events, such as the Overwatch Open and the Rocket League Cup. The addition of eSports programming was of part of a plan to revamp original programming for TBS. The broadcast is simultaneously available online through Twitch.tv and YouTube, with additional content also being streamed. Matches are played at the Turner Studios facility in Atlanta.
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