The ESL UK Premiership will kick off on Monday, with eight teams squaring off for £6,000 (approximately $9,000).
The CS:GO scene in the United Kingdom has not had a stable team capable of mounting a serious challenge in events abroad for a while now, something that the ESL is hoping to change with this new league.
The ESL UK Premiership will kick off with a double-elimination group stage in which every match will be played in a best-of-three format.
|RattlesnK's XENEX face exceL in the first round of the group stage photo hltv.org|
The top two sides from each group will progress to the offline finals, scheduled for May 22-24 inside London's MCM Comic Con, which will feature its own Esports arena, built in the image of an ESL Major event.
A total of £5,000 will be up for grabs at the season finals, with an additional £1,000 being spread across the group and qualifying stages of the tournament.
Below you can find the group draw in full:
|Group A||Group B|
|Perilous Rage||United Estonia|