ECS Season 3 is set to kick-off in two weeks time after Virtus. Pro grabs the final spot for the tournament.
The event begins with an online stage that runs from April 14 to June 8, and will culminate with the offline playoffs from June 23-25. The venue for the knockout stages had not been announced as of yet.
The organizers had also announced that the prize pool will be worth $750,000 — meaning the amount is unchanged from ECS Season 2, with the winning team taking home $250,000.
The prize pool amount accounts for half of the $1.5M that ECS will pay out over the course of the season, with the rest of the money going towards “supportive funds that will provide player and team stability.”
The 20 teams who will be playing in the online stage have been decided after the promotion stages across the North American and European zones had concluded.
Renegades and Bee’s Money Crew were able to claim the spots that belonged to TSM and compLexity respectively in North America, while across the Atlantic Virtus.Pro and Fnatic kept their S2 spots.
EU teams in ECS S3: Astralis, Team EnVyUs, FaZe Clan, G2 Esports, GODSENT, Mousesports, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Team Dignitas, Fnatic and Virtus.pro.
NA teams in ECS S3: SK Gaming, Cloud9, OpTic Gaming, Immortals, Counter Logic Gaming, Luminosity Gaming, Team Liquid, NRG Esports, Renegades and Bee’s Money Crew.
While ECS started out as a joint venture between with FACEIT and Twitch, the 3rd installment will be streamed exclusively on YouTube after the video-sharing website earned exclusive broadcast rights for both ESL Pro League and the ECS.