Turner Eleague: All You Need to Know.
Kevin Larsen, Chief Editor
If you’re a gaming fanatic, chances are you’ve heard a ton about esports. Although esports has been around for nearly 50 years, it’s grown in popularity, particularly in the last decade.
COVID-19 played a crucial role in this growth as more people had to stay at home and find ways to entertain themselves. Many have moved from just playing online games to watching professional players play against each other.
Although we’re gradually getting back to our usual activities after experiencing lockdown, esports has secured its place in the world of online gaming. One of the major brands making waves in esports is Turner Eleague. If you’re wondering what Turner Eleague is all about, then this article is just for you.
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What Is Turner ELeague?
Turner launched Eleague in 2016 as a partnership between Turner Broadcasting and WME/IMG, a talent agency.
The league organizes tournaments bringing together 24 teams to battle it out in two ten-week league seasons annually. These tournaments are broadcasted on TBS, Twitch, and all digital networks.
Over the years, Eleague has aired tournaments on games such as Call of Duty, Street Fighter, Super Smash Bros, and Super Mario Maker 2. The esports platform even has a reality show to its name.
In 2018, Eleague released a reality tv show featuring seven housemates who have to go through various challenges till a winner emerges.
Turner Eleague Seasons
Since May 2016, Eleague has held four major tournaments that gave professional gamers worldwide a chance to show what they’re made of.
The very first season of Eleague began on the 4th of May in 2021 and featured 24 teams divided into six groups. Teams such as Team EnvyUs, Astralis, Virtus.pro, and Fnatic took part in the league.
The finals were held on the 30th of July in 2016. After almost three months of intense battle, Virtus.pro emerged winners after defeating their opponent, Fnatic.
Eleague’s second season started on the 21st of October in 2016. This season featured double-elimination group stages, open and closed qualifiers, and playoffs. Eight teams got to the playoffs.
Season 2 saw the return of professional gaming teams like Virtus.pro, Astralis, and Ninjas in Pyjamas. However, Optic Gaming emerged as the winner after defeating Astralis in the finals.
The third season took a different turn from the previous two. In this season, Eleague invited 32 players from all over the world. Only eight players advanced to the playoffs.
However, according to their 2016 Capcom Pro Tour results, half of the players were invited, and the other half received their invitations from Capcom, a Japanese video game developer and publisher.
In the fourth season of Eleague, teams battled in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO). FaZe Clan faced Astralis in the finals emerging the winner of the season.
A Look at the Turner Eleague Live Event Studio
In 2016, the Eleague moved and launched a state-of-the-art arena where viewers can feel part of the game.
With ultra-modern tech gadgets, viewers could see exactly how players made every move without missing out on the gaming experience.
With 26 cameras around the arena and a ceiling camera that captures all attendees of the tournaments, we can understand why Eleague remains one of the top names in esports platforms.
It’s also worth mentioning that Turner partnered with startups across America to create a home away from home for esports lovers.
How to Watch Turner Eleague Tournaments
You can find the latest news on tournaments on the Eleague website. However, dates and times are subject to change, so you should check the website regularly not to miss any updates.
You could also watch tournaments on Youtube, TBS, and Twitch. To make it easy for you, viewing options have been provided under each tournament, along with a brief description of each game. So if you miss any of these games when they’re aired, you can always go back and watch.
Now, you can watch esports tournaments right from the comfort of your home. Turner Eleague is championing the course of providing the best viewing experience for e-gaming lovers.
Although they haven’t held any tournaments recently, their previous events prove that esports viewing can become as popular as watching a soccer or basketball game on your television.