Turner Announces Full Roster of E-LEAGUE Teams

April 22, 2016

On Thursday, Turner Broadcasting made an exciting announcement regarding the inaugural E-LEAGUE season, revealing the full roster of teams that will compete. Starting May 24th, the world’s best rosters will play on national television for a piece of the league’s $1.2 million prize pool.

Turner initially disclosed only six of the twenty four invited teams. Today’s announcement revealed the eighteen teams that would be joining them, setting the stage for the league to kick off next month.

Previously announced:

  • Astralis
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • mousesports
  • Cloud9
  • Counter Logic Gaming
  • Renegades
  • OpTic Gaming (Qualified)

Recently announced:

  • Echo Fox
  • Luminosity Gaming
  • fnatic
  • Natus Vincere
  • Team EnVyUs
  • Dignitas
  • Virtus.pro
  • FaZe Clan
  • Team Liquid
  • Gambit Gaming
  • Tyloo
  • FlipSid3 Tactics
  • G2 Esports
  • SK Gaming
  • NRG eSports
  • compLexity Gaming
  • Team SoloMid

There are mild controversies surrounding the invitations because respected rosters like Tempo Storm and HellRaisers were not invited. Furthermore, some teams such as compLexity, Cloud9, Team SoloMid, Echo Fox and Tyloo that were invited have been seen as undeserving given their lack of significant results.

Recent upsets add to the excitement surrounding Turner’s announcement. LG, Na’Vi, and fnatic were long considered overwhelming favorites to grab the league title. However, unexpected performances, multiple roster changes, and player injuries are turning these predictions on their head.

Turner catalyzed a sudden surge in CS:GO’s tournament landscape by announcing what was at the time the largest prize pool ever. Valve was pushed to secure the relevance of their major tournaments in a rapidly growing market by increasing their prize money by $750,000 just a few months later. Since the emergence of the Electronic Championship Series, which boasts a whopping $3.5 million prize-pool, E-league no longer holds claim to the largest tournament payoff. Nevertheless, the timing is right for Turner to leave a memorable mark in Counter-Strike history.

E-League games will be aired on American cable TV every Friday night,  with the goal of increasing mainstream eSports exposure. Industry eyes will be closely following the league and its teams, hoping that the competition helps introduce a new group of fans to esports.