ELEAGUE to Feature Top Moments from CS:GO Premier 2018 in Seven-Part Series Beginning Friday, Aug. 31, at 11 p.m. ET/PT on TBS

Esports 101: CS:GO Special to Set Scene for New Series with Introduction to Counter-Strike, Friday, Aug. 24, at 11 p.m. ET/PT on TBS

Former Players Sean “SeanGares” Gares & Jason “Moses” O’Toole Join Host Alex “Machine” Richardson as Commentators for CS:GO Premier 2018

Turner & IMG’s ELEAGUE will offer fans an intense journey through the pivotal moments of its recent ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2018 in a seven-part feature series set to debut Friday, Aug. 31, at 11 p.m. ET/PT on TBS. Eight of the world’s top-ranked professional Counter-Strike teams are featured in the series, as cameras followed their players through ELEAGUE’s fast-paced championship.

ELEAGUE will kick off the series with an in-depth overview of Counter-Strike’s history, terminology and strategic elements in ELEAGUE’s Esports 101: CS:GO, an hour-long show offering a comprehensive introduction to CS:GO – premiering Friday, Aug. 24, at 11 p.m. ET/PT. ELEAGUE’s Esports 101 franchise – the latest expansion of its premium content portfolio – will celebrate the unique culture of CS:GO in this inaugural edition. 

Retired professional Counter-Strike players Sean “SeanGares” Gares and Jason “Moses” O’Toole will provide expert commentary throughout both Esports 101: CS:GO and the CS:GO Premier 2018 series, alongside host Alex “Machine” Richardson.

The CS:GO Premier 2018 was ELEAGUE’s fourth non-major CS:GO tournament, and live coverage of its playoffs generated a 43 percent year-over-year gain in concurrent viewers on Twitch. The week-long event featured several high-stakes matches and exciting storylines:

  • North American Pride: Cloud9 capped off an historic run with the ELEAGUE Major: Boston title in January, but entered a rebuilding phase prior to the 2018 Premier. This set up a chance for rival Team Liquid to become “best in the West” if it could collect its first-ever ELEAGUE trophy at the Premier.
  • Legacy on the Line: Denmark’s Astralis has enjoyed a long run atop the world rankings alongside a cluster of notable tournament finishes, and an ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2018 title would have eliminated any doubt about the past year as the “Astralis Era” of Counter-Strike. 
  • Ukrainian Prodigy: During the Premier, Natus Vincere leaned on 20-year-old superstar Oleksandr “S1mple” Kostyliev to ensure the storied team could handle elite opponents on the ELEAGUE stage. Per RightEye, S1mple boasts an in-game reaction time of 299 milliseconds – more than 20 milliseconds faster than the average person. Would his digital agility be enough to help Na’Vi win the Premier?

ELEAGUE – formed in partnership between Turner and IMG – is a premium esports content and live tournament brand that has aligned with some of the most popular esports titles in the business through its first two years: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – including the hosting of two Major Championships – Overwatch®, Street Fighter® V: Arcade Edition, Dota 2, Injustice 2, Rocket League, Formula E and TEKKEN® 7.  With a focus on innovative production capabilities, storytelling and exploring compelling narratives surrounding star teams and players, ELEAGUE has generated record levels of engagement with its content and positive reaction throughout the esports community since its launch in 2016.