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FACEIT
IndustryEsports
Founded2012
Founders
  • Niccolo Maisto

    Michele Attisani

    Alessandro Avallone
Headquarters,
United Kingdom Edit this on Wikidata
Websitefaceit.com

FACEIT is an esports platform founded in London in 2012.[1] The company has administered leagues for games such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, Rocket League, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2.

Esports Championship Series[edit]

In April 2016, FACEIT announced the launch of their Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament, known as the Esports Championship Series (ECS).[2][3] In April 2017, the company partnered with the video sharing platform YouTube for the series.[4][5][6] ECS was one of the two premier Counter-Strike leagues, along with ESL Pro League.

The series was discontinued in 2020, replaced by a franchise-based league called Flashpoint.[7] It features 12 teams and a US$2,000,000 buy in spot, and offers co-ownership and revenue sharing to competing teams.[8]

Results[edit]

Season Date Location Champions Prize pool Ref
1 June 2016 United Kingdom London France G2 Esports US$945,000 [9][10]
2 December 2016 United States Anaheim Denmark Astralis (1) US$750,000 [11][12][13]
3 June 2017 United Kingdom London Brazil SK Gaming [14][15][16]
4 December 2017 Mexico Cancún European Union FaZe Clan [17][18][19]
5 June 2018 United Kingdom London Denmark Astralis (2) [20]
6 November 2018 United States Arlington Denmark Astralis (3) [21][22]
7 June 2019 United Kingdom London France Team Vitality US$500,000 [23]
8 November 2019 United States Arlington Denmark Astralis (4) [24]

FACEIT Major[edit]

On 22 February 2018 Valve, the developers and owners of the Counter-Strike, announced that FACEIT would host the thirteenth Global Offensive major, the FACEIT Major: London 2018. London 2018 began in mid-September and concluded on 23 September 2018. It was the first Major hosted by FACEIT and the first Major hosted in the United Kingdom.[25] It had a US$1,000,000 prize pool and the playoff stage was held in Wembley Arena.[26] In the finals, Astralis defeated Natus Vincere to win its second Major title.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spangler, Todd (26 January 2016). "ESports Startup FACEIT Raises $15 Million, Opens L.A. Office". Variety (in American English). Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  2. ^ Wembley, The SSE Arena. "Esports Championship Series | The SSE Arena, Wembley". www.ssearena.co.uk. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  3. ^ "FACEIT announces $3.5million league". HLTV.org. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  4. ^ "YouTube has made its biggest eSports investment yet". Business Insider. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  5. ^ Tharakan, Anya George (17 March 2017). "YouTube makes its biggest esports bet with FACEIT streaming deal" – via The Sydney Morning Herald.
  6. ^ "How do you deal with CS:GO gambling? Legitimize it". 2017.
  7. ^ Webster, Andrew (5 February 2020). "CS:GO's new team-owned league points to a different future for esports". The Verge. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  8. ^ "FACEIT to shut down ECS and focus on B Site league - Report". HLTV.org. Retrieved 2 February 2020.
  9. ^ "Sources: G2 nearing deal to acquire Jankos". ESPN.com. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  10. ^ "ECS Season 2: 'If you are not evolving every single show, then you are going to fail'". ESPN.com. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  11. ^ Cooke, Sam (12 December 2016). "Astralis win ECS Season 2 Finals". Esports Insider (in British English). Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  12. ^ "Teams expected to look sharper at IEM Sydney". ESPN.com. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  13. ^ "ECS Season 2 Finals". HLTV.org. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  14. ^ "ECS launches Season 3". HLTV.org. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  15. ^ "Who is the best eSports player of the month?". Red Bull. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  16. ^ "ECS Season 3 - Group drawns and schedule announcement". Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  17. ^ "ECS Season 4 Finals — Faze win the Grand Final over Mousesports". Fragbite.com (in American English). Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  18. ^ "FaZe has built an unbelievable CS team". Red Bull. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  19. ^ Cooke, Sam (18 December 2017). "FaZe Clan take home $250,000 after winning ECS Season 4". Esports Insider (in British English). Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  20. ^ Fitch, Adam (20 March 2018). "ECS and YouTube to offer viewing incentives for Season 5". Esports Insider (in British English). Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  21. ^ "Astralis beat MIBR to win ECS Season 6". HLTV.org. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  22. ^ "ECS Season 6 Finals Schedule, Live Stream, How to Watch". DBLTAP. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  23. ^ "Vitality outclass FURIA to win ECS S7 Finals". HLTV.org. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  24. ^ "ASTRALIS BEAT LIQUID TO WIN ECS SEASON 8 FINALS". HLTV.org. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  25. ^ Mira, Luis (22 February 2018). "FACEIT to host next Major in London". HLTV.org. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  26. ^ Stubbs, Mike (22 February 2018). "FACEIT Brings $1 Million 'CS:GO' Major To Wembley In London". Forbes. Retrieved 27 April 2018.