inners League organizers have announced that Season 4 is bringing an all-new format and all-new features, along with the competitive action the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive community has grown to expect from the series.
"Distributing data to vendors and partners is a big challenge and an even bigger challenge to get it to scale. With us going into the 4th season of our league, we’ve found the right partner to take our data into the hands of content consumers and operators worldwide," said Nick Gorbunov, Winners League Project Lead, about the data distribution deal with FeedConstruct.
The shorter season starts May 18, featuring 16 teams from North America and 16 teams from Europe, including Espada, Nemiga, Singularity, LDLC, cr4zy, bpro, chaos ec, Yeah Gaming, Team One and Gillette Infinity.
George Arabatlian, Head of FeedConstruct said: "We are happy to become a data provider for Winners League. Esports is growing daily as it finds more ways to enter the mainstream. And this is not a 'ride a wave of popularity' type of situation. I believe esports is here to stay and take over, given the buzz around the topic, increasing demand for the content and the growing community of CS:GO lovers."
The skilled teams will fight through a Swiss-style group stage with the goal of securing three victories. Three losses and they’re out. The eight best teams will emerge as playoff contenders, facing off in a single-elimination best-of-three group for the title of Season 4 Champions.
There are three divisions in each region. The Starter Division has a $3,900 prize pool, with $2,000 going to the NA and EU champions. The Main Division sees an increased prize pool of $6,100, with the champions from each region getting $2,500 each. The Invite Division has an impressive $15,000 prize pool, with the first-place teams from NA and EU both receiving $7,000.
But for many of the Winners League participants, it’s about more than the money. Winners League has long been a chance for talented CSGO teams that aren’t yet at the top level to prove themselves.
Over the past three seasons, Winners League has allowed these competitive but often overlooked CSGO teams to build a legacy and fight their way to the top tier of Counter-Strike esports. The competition only gets more meaningful each year, as the competition gets stronger and the audience continues to grow.
“We're seeing a lot of that growth already. Not only am I excited about the Invite Division this season, but our Main Division has some big contenders as well, with plenty of notable teams in the running,” explained Gorbunov.
With a revised Invite Division format, Winners League Season 4 will be more rewarding to follow than ever before.
WIN offers three main products. WIN.gg is an eSports media platform featuring editorial content, a database with thousands of player and team entries, and live scores and schedules that allow users to track the latest competitions in real-time. The second is Winners League, a competitive league structure that is based on the FACEIT platform. The third is Winners.bet, a sportsbook built from the ground up specifically for esports and its native audience.