The inaugural season of the much-awaited franchised league is imminent. Flashpoint 1 shall begin later today. However, the clarity and basic information pertaining to the league is not quite communicated well with the community per say. For starters, the league will feature 8 founding teams and 4 teams are invited through the qualifiers; a total of 12.
The foremost season will be entirely played out at a studio location in Los Angeles, USA. However, earlier the playoffs were to be held at an indoor arena in Stockholm which was later called off due to COVID-19 outbreak. The founding teams had to pay a $2m entry fee to buy-in their respective slots. Earlier the league expected 10 founding members alongside 2 invites, but they settled with 8 founding members and 4 invites.
The league held North-America, South-America and Europe qualifiers followed by a global LAN qualifiers to finalize the invited non-founding members of the league. The league is, at large, organised and managed by FACEIT & B Site Inc. The matchmaking platform had seemingly seized the Esports Championship Series (ECS) to focus on the franchised league.
Schedule & Prize Pool
The league will feature a mammoth $1,000,000 prize pool. Prize pool distribution is, however, yet to be publicized. It will be played out for a little over 5 weeks between March 13 – April 19, 2020:
- Phase 1: March 13 – March 22
- Phase 2: March 27 – April 5
- Playoffs: April 9 – April 19
- Cloud9 (Founding Member)
- C0ntact Gaming (Founding Member)
- Dignitas (Founding Member)
- Gen.G (Founding Member)
- MAD Lions (Founding Member)
- MIBR (Founding Member)
- Team Envy (Founding Member)
- FunPlus Phoenix (Founding Member)
- Orgless (LAN Qualifier)
- Chaos Esports (LAN Qualifier)
- HAVU (LAN Qualifier)
- Copenhagen Flames (LAN Qualifier)
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First and foremost, each and every match will be a best-of-three encounter. 12 teams will be divided into 3 groups. Phase 1 & Phase 2 will feature double-elimination format and the points shall be awarded accordingly:
- 1st: 75 points
- 2nd: 50 points
- 3rd: 30 points
- 4th: 15 points
After the conclusion of both phases, the top 8 teams shall advance to playoffs. Playoffs will be yet again double-elimination best-of-three and the teams will be seeded according to points. This is a promising format!
- MAD Lions vs. HAVU
- Copenhagen Flames vs.c0ntact
- GEN.G vs. Envy
- Chaos vs. MIBR
- FunPlus Phoenix vs. Cloud9
- Orgless vs. Dignitas