In an announcement to HLTV.org, the organizers of Esports Championship Series (ECS) announced that the Season 3 of the event will have a $750,000 prize fund. Which also means that the prize purse remains unchanged from Season 2, with the winning team taking home $250,000.
The $750,000 prize fund accounts for 50 percent 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.” ECS Season 3 will kick off with an online stage, running from April 14 to June 8, and will culminate with the offline finals from June 23-25 at an as-yet undisclosed location.
Recently, the ECS Developmental League had concluded, deciding twenty teams from two regions to compete for a placement at the LAN finals of the tournament, the location of which is yet to be announced by the organizers. Four top teams from each region will emerge from the online stage, taking place from April 24th – June 8th, to participate at the LAN finals, where the ludicrous $750,000 prize pool will be distributed depending on their respective performances.
- 1st place – $250,000
- 2nd place – $120,000
- 3rd & 4th places – $65,000
- 5th & 6th places – $45,000
- 7th & 8th places – $35,000
All 20 competing sides for the online portion of ECS have been determined following the end of the promotion stage across the two regions in which it is played. In Europe, Virtus.pro and Fnatic were able to retain their spots in the league, while in North America, Renegades and Bee’s Money Crew took the spots that belonged to TSM and compLexity, respectively.
ECS made headlines earlier this month after FACEIT announced a multi-year partnership with YouTube Gaming as the league’s exclusive streaming partner. The first two ECS seasons were streamed on Twitch, which was a founding partner of the tournament.
With inputs from HLTV.org & Liquipedia