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CEVO Announces Partnership with Gfinity for $125K CS:GO Pro-League Season 9

$125,000 USD at stake in the CEVO Gfinity CS:GO Pro-League Season 9

CEVO and Gfinity announce partnership to host the live final of the CEVO Gfinity CS:GO Pro-League Season 9. The top 4 North American and top 4 European teams will compete live at the Gfinity Arena, London, on April 28th through May 1st.

Launching on Thursday, February 18th, CEVO will play host to the online qualifiers as 32 of the top CS:GO teams from North America and Europe will play in up to four 16 team single elimination brackets (per region) over the course of the online season. At the end of the season, the winner of each qualification bracket (4 teams per region) will have the opportunity to compete at the live Season 9 Pro League Finals at the Gfinity Arena in London. This event will amalgamate CEVO’s established Pro-League series with Gfinity’s experience in hosting world-class broadcasts in a true premium eSports venue, with a live audience.

At the request of many professional teams, CEVO has modified the traditional online season format to reduce the number of games each team is required to play to qualify for the live Finals. As a result, initial matches are even more crucial, as teams will now secure qualification to the live Finals with a minimum of four online pro league series wins.

The CEVO Gfinity CS:GO Pro-League Season 9 Finals will take place from 28th April to 1st May, 2016 in London at the Gfinity Arena. The tournament will begin with a dual-format best-of-three map group stage. Upon the conclusion of the group stage, the top two teams from each group will advance into a single elimination best-of-five bracket. There is a total prize pool of $125,000 at stake with the winner alone taking home $55,000.

“The CEVO Gfinity CS:GO Pro-League Season 9 is going to be a fantastic celebration; Counter Strike is such a strong eSports game with a fantastic community and we love producing exciting tournaments for them.” said Neville Upton, CEO, Gfinity “Partnering with CEVO will bring two seasoned professionals with aligned philosophies together to deliver an amazing event for everyone to enjoy.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to be joining forces with our friends at Gfinity to improve upon our longstanding CS:GO seasonal event tradition.” said Chris Pipher, VP of Operations, CEVO “With Gfinity’s state of the art arena and live event production expertise, I can say with confidence that this will be our best CS:GO season to date.”

The Gfinity Arena is the UK's first dedicated eSports venue with some of the best facilities in the world.

Further details on the live Final will be shared on gfinity.net/events.
Follow all of the online qualification action at cevo.com/season9.


About CEVO:
CEVO is a global eSports company built around North America’s largest competitive online PC gaming league. Founded in December of 2004 with the intention to transform competitive online gaming into a professional sport, CEVO has been hosting both free and pay-to-play tournaments across a variety of AAA titles for almost 10 years. Through CEVO-TV we are also engaged in online broadcasting and other digital media. Additionally, CEVO offers event management, marketing, development, and design solutions for clients looking to get involved in the business of eSports. For more information visit cevo.com.

About Gfinity:
Gfinity is a leading UK-based eSports company serving, in co-operation with games publishers, a rapidly-growing community of on-line gamers worldwide. Founded in September 2012, the Company has established a popular on-line brand, gfinity.net, where gamers can compete, socialise and enjoy a wide range of content relating to electronic games on a proprietary technology platform. This platform enables Gfinity to run a regular roster of on-line competitions, leagues and ladders with the opportunity for gamers to enter and potentially win substantial prize money and/or pit their skills against professional and widely-followed ''star'' players. For more information visit: gfinity.net

About Counter-Strike: Global Offensive:
CS:GO is the latest installment in the Counter-Strike series. Since it was launched in August of 1999, Counter-Strike has become one the most played online games of all time, and the series has sold over 25 million copies. In the past year, CS:GO’s player numbers have increased by more than 250%, and over $3.5 mil have been paid to community content creators making and selling new items and levels for the games.


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