Acer Launches Predator League Online Tournaments in EMEA in Partnership with ESL
The Predator League for Counter Strike: Global Offensive will be rolled out across multiple countries, giving young people the opportunity to win their first prize money and an exclusive pro-coaching session with esports experts
Dubai, United Arab Emirates (AUGUST 27, 2020) – Acer, a world leading ICT company, and ESL, the world’s largest esports company, are announcing the launch of Acer’s Predator League in EMEA. Bringing the Predator League to EMEA is Acer’s commitment to support the growth of the gaming ecosystem and part of its end-to-end strategy to be closer to the community and grassroots of esports with its game-changing desktops, notebooks, monitors and solutions. Acer partners with ESL to run the tournament organization and services including operation on the ESL Play platform as well as promoting its next gen esports platform, Planet9. The Predator League will also serve as promotional vehicle for local retail partners to offer attractive promotions to the community.
“We are excited to launch the Predator League, as a natural evolution from our long-term partnership with the Intel Extreme Masters and ESL to attract young esports talent by creating new online formats,” said Hajo Blingen, Vice-President, Acer Europe, Middle East and Africa. “As the world’s leading gaming brand, Predator has already a strong commitment to the CS:GO community and gaming fan base. Driving continuous innovations, such as our nextgen esports platform, Planet9, the Predator League will also provide retail partners a platform to promote Predator products to the community through exclusive promotions.”
The League will run in Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and the Middle East. In true grassroots manner, the league will enable young talents to win their first trophy in Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) and provide the rare opportunity of pro-coaching sessions brought by Planet9 with some of the best coaches in the world. The coaches will be well-known and respected former CS:GO players and trainers, bringing expertise to help young talent. Confirmed coaches include Nooky (Germany), Pita (Sweden), Pimp (Denmark), ChrisJ (Netherlands) and hoveRR (Middle East).
The tournaments in each country will be running online for 4 weeks with 2 qualifier tournaments and playoffs featuring 8 teams per league. The tournaments will run on the ESL Play platform with exact dates and timings of the competitions announced soon in collaboration with featured influencers. For every country’s semifinals and the Grand Final, there will be a live broadcast from a local influencer – resulting in 3 days of broadcasting and additional raffles for the viewers with prizes and dedicated promotions including the latest cutting-edge Predator gaming hardware.
“The grassroots community is core to the growth of esports and providing young talent the platform to maximise their potential has never been more important. The Predator League will act as a gateway for anybody to climb the esports success ladder. Acer continues to invest in the long-term growth of esports and we are delighted to help and expand our existing partnership with Acer and the launch of their first EMEA online league,” said Ralf Reichert, CEO ESL.
“We are proud to bring the Predator League to CS:GO fans in the Middle East partnering with ESL and providing our retail partner, in UAE with Sharaf DG and in KSA with Jarir Bookstore, a new format for exciting back-to-school offers,” added Paul Collins, General Manager of Acer Middle East.
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ESL is the world’s largest esports company. Founded in 2000, ESL has been shaping the industry across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline esports competitions. The company operates high profile, branded international leagues and tournaments under the ESL Pro Tour including ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters,
ESL Pro League, and other premier stadium-size tournaments, to more clearly define the path from zero to hero. ESL also produces the ESL National Championships, grassroots amateur cups, and matchmaking systems, creating a world where everybody can be somebody. With offices all over the world, ESL is leading esports innovation on a global scale through the combination of global ESL competitions, amateur leagues, publisher activations, and more. ESL is a part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group. About.eslgaming.com
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