ECS Season 8 will bring the grand finals to North America
The next season of the ECS League, Season 8, will be starting in just a few days on August 12th with the first of the open qualifiers and will share a similar format to Season 7.
ECS is back for Season 8! 🏆#ECS8 features:— ECS (@ecs) August 9, 2019
✨ Tweaked format to keep the stakes high throughout the Season
🇺🇸 North American Finals
📈 Open Qualifiers - 12th-25th August
🏆 The return of the @PinnacleEsports Cup
🎙️ Community Caster Challenge https://t.co/wYCdgaZkGs pic.twitter.com/AmtIDMpy0c
Season 8 will once again have four open qualifiers, running from August 12th to the 25th, with the top two teams from each qualifying for the ECS Pinnacle Cup. The Pinnacle Cup will run from September 10th-15th and see eight invited teams face off against the eight qualified teams to determine seeding for any open spots in the regular season brackets.
The regular season will span from September 16th - October 31st and will once again have one series per week where teams will be drawn into a bracket to fight for their share of $25,000 and an Invite to the ECS Season 8 Finals.
The only difference in format from Season 7 is that the team with the most prize money from the first two weeks of the regular season will earn the first spot at the ECS Season 8 Finals. The final three spots at the finals will be given to each of the respective winners of the remaining three weeks of the competition.
Season 8 will also see the finals return to North America with the dates and venue yet to be announced.
The dates for the open qualifiers are as follows:
- Open Qualifier #1 - August 12-15
- Open Qualifier #2 - August 17-18
- Open Qualifier #3 - August 19-22
- Open Qualifier #4 - August 24-25
FACEIT have also notably partnered with Caffeine, a social broadcasting platform, which sees the return of "ECS After Dark" which will be streamed exclusively on their platform. The ECS Community Caster Challenge will also make its return with the best rising stars from North America and Europe earning invites to the ECS Season 8 Finals.