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Esports Counter-Strike Championship Series Announces Top Teams

The Esports Championship Series, the revolutionary new esports initiative by FACEIT and Twitch, has revealed the powerhouse lineup of professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams that will participate in the debut season of the Esports Championship Series (ECS) – Counter-Strike league.

Matches begin tomorrow, April 10, and will be shown exclusively on FACEIT’s official Twitch channel – – Counter-Strike is the flagship league of the Esports Championship Series and is the first professional esports league to offer teams co-ownership, like many traditional professional sports leagues. ECS – Counter-Strike will consist of 20 teams (10 from North America and 10 from Europe) with US$3.5M in payout for prize money and financial support.

Esports fans can find all things ECS on its new website, , which launched today. On the website, fans will have access to the league’s schedule, more information on the teams, current standings and match scores, along with ECS match replays.

The highly anticipated roster of top European and North American teams to compete in ECS – Counter-Strike are as follows.

European teams:

  • Astralis
  • Team Dignitas
  • EnvyUs
  • FaZe
  • Fnatic
  • mousesports
  • Natus Vincere
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • Virtus Pro
  • Qualified EU Team #1

North American teams:

  • Cloud9
  • Complexity
  • Counter Logic Gaming
  • Echo Fox
  • Luminosity
  • NRG
  • OpTic
  •  Team Liquid
  • Team SoloMid
  • Qualified NA Team #1

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Jenna Bensoussan is an entertainment, lifestyle and wellness writer and editor. She served as executive editor for Smart Talk Magazine, associate editor for Counselor Magazine, and continues to serve as contributing editor for ACED Magazine. She has also contributed to newspapers such as the Boynton Times. Bensoussan holds a B.A. in communication and public relations from Florida Atlantic University.