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CEVO Announces ESWC USA Qualifier + MSI x IBUYPOWER Summer CS:GO Series

CEVO Announces 2015 ESWC USA Qualifier + MSI x IBUYPOWER Summer CS:GO Series

(May 19, 2015) – CEVO, North America’s largest online competitive CS:GO gaming league, and MSI, the largest gaming hardware manufacturer in the world, are pleased to announce the MSI ESWC USA Online Qualifier + the MSI x IBUYPOWER Summer CS:GO Qualifier tournament series.

The MSI x IBUYPOWER Summer CS:GO Qualifers are an online tournament series that will consist of three consecutive weekend CS:GO tournaments hosted on CEVO.com and broadcast by CEVO-TV taking place on May 30-31, June 6-7, and June 13-14, 2015 open to North American CS:GO teams of all skill levels. Each weekend tournament will have 25 points up for grabs, and the team that finishes the series with the most points will automatically qualify to compete against the top North American CS:GO Teams in the iBUYPOWER Invitational: Summer 2015 on June 20-21, 2015 also hosted by CEVO.

The first event in the series will also serve as the official 2015 ESWC USA CS:GO Qualifier. In addition to the regular tournament prizing, the top USA team from Qualifier #1 will receive complimentary travel + accommodations to the ESWC 2015 CS:GO Tournament in Montreal, Canada on July 9-12, 2015. The 2015 ESWC USA CS:GO Qualifier's will be exclusively broadcast on MLG.tv by CEVO-TV.

Registration for Qualifier #1 of the MSI x IBUYPOWER Summer CS:GO Qualifer Series is NOW OPEN and teams can register from now until Friday, May 29th at 11:59 PM ET. Space in this tournament is extremely limited, so don't wait - register your team today!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE MSI 2015 ESWC USA QUALIFIER #1!

Qualifier #1 will begin with a Preliminary Qualifier bracket on Saturday, May 30th (128 team double elimination bracket) from which the top 8 teams will qualify to compete against the 8 invited teams in the Championship Qualifier bracket on Sunday, May 31st (16 team double elimination bracket).

Participation in the MSI x IBUYPOWER Summer CS:GO Qualifer Series is completely FREE for CEVO MVP's and $5/player for regular users per qualifier. If you'd like to learn more about the CEVO MVP program, visit http://cevo.com/mvp.

  • $3,000 USD in cash prizes + 15x BenQ XL Series XL2411Z 144 Hz 24-Inch LED Monitors (used @ CEVO s5 LAN)
  • Complimentary travel & accommodations to the ESWC 2015 CS:GO Tournament in Montreal, Canada on July 9-12, 2015 (Qualifier #1 Winner)
  • ALL matches played on premium 128-tickrate CEVO gameservers across 15+ locations
  • CEVO's automated match service integration
  • Access to premium tournament features (scrim system, league leaderboards, etc..)
  • ALL matches protected by CEVO's exclusive anti-cheat technology
  • Complete LIVE match statistics for every match
  • Automatic recording and storage of GOTV demos
  • Real-time updated brackets and team rankings
  • Helpful league officials available for LIVE support available throughout the tournament

PRIZES
Qualifier #1:
1st place - 7 MSI x IBUYPOWER series points + complimentary travel & accommodations to the ESWC CS:GO Tournament in Montreal, Canada on July 9th-12th
2nd place - 5 MSI x IBUYPOWER series points
3rd/4th place - 4 MSI x IBUYPOWER series points
5th-8th place - 2 MSI x IBUYPOWER series points
9th-16th place - 1 MSI x IBUYPOWER series point

* The ESWC 2015 invitation will be awarded to the top team from Qualifier #1 that has at least 3 players who are citizens of the USA.

MSI x IBUYPOWER Summer CS:GO Qualifier Series:
1st - $1,800.00 + 5x BenQ XL Series XL2411Z 144 Hz 24-Inch LED Monitors +  invitation to the iBUYPOWER Invitational: Summer 2015 on June 20-21, 2015
2nd - $750.00 + 5x BenQ XL Series XL2411Z 144 Hz 24-Inch LED Monitors
3rd -  $450.00 + 5x BenQ XL Series XL2411Z 144 Hz 24-Inch LED Monitors

* These prizes will be awarded to the teams with the most points at the end of the entire MSI x IBUYPOWER Summer CS:GO Qualifier Series. Monitors will only be shipped to players in North America.

FORMAT & SCHEDULE
QUALIFIER #1 - PRELIMINARY BRACKET: SATURDAY, MAY 30TH:

- 128 team double elimination bracket
- first come, first serve open registration
- best of three maps (bo3) upper bracket and best of one map (bo1) lower bracket
- map & side selection (bo3): VETO process (maps 1 & 2) / knife for sides (map 3)
- map & side selection (bo1): VETO process + knife for sides
- tournament seeds: random
- top 8 teams advance to day two

  • Round of 128: 12:00 PM ET
  • Round of 64 / LB Round 1: 2:30 PM ET
  • Round of 32 / LB Round 2: 5:00 PM ET
  • LB Round 3: 6:15 PM ET
  • Round of 16 / LB Round 4: 7:30 PM ET
  • LB Round 5: 8:45 PM ET
  • Round of 8 / LB Round 6: 10:00 PM ET
  • LB Round 7: 11:15 PM ET
  • LB Round 8: 12:30 AM ET

QUALIFIER #1 - CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET: SUNDAY, MAY 31ST:
- 16 team single elimination bracket
- 8 invited teams (announced soon) + top 8 teams from the preliminary bracket
- best of three maps (bo3)
- map & side selection: VETO process (maps 1 & 2) / knife for sides (map 3)
- championship bracket seeds 1-8 (invited teams): random order 
- championship bracket seeds 9-16 (qualified via qualifier #1 - preliminary bracket): seeded based on whether they came from the qualifier #1 - preliminary upper or lower bracket, with ties broken randomly. 

  • Round of 16: 12:00 PM ET
  • Round of 8: 2:30 PM ET
  • Round of 4: 5:00 PM ET
  • Grand Finals: 7:30 PM ET

NOTE: Teams should be aware that the tournament schedule is tentative and teams should be prepared to play matches in a rush style back-to-back format. Reschedules will not be permitted. The complete Qualifier #1 schedule can be found online HERE. The Qualifier #2 (June 6-7) & Qualifier #3 (June 13-14) format and schedule will be released shortly in separate news announcements.

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About Micro-Star International (MSI):
As a world leading gaming brand, MSI’s goal is to become the most trusted name in gaming and e-sport. We’ve dedicated countless hours and committed numerous resources to the eSports community to support the world's most aspiring and best gamers and use their knowledge and expertise in our products in return. The insistence on 100% in-house design and manufacturing gives MSI the solid capability to implement innovative ideas and optimized design in our products. For more information visit us.msi.com.

About ESWC:
The Electronic Sports World Cup is a worldwide competition of video games starting locally with national qualifying to end with a World Final gathering all the cyber athletes and designed as a live show. The ESWC has grown as an independent and innovative project representing gamers and online communities. ESWC federates companies as non-profit organizations all over the world; all convinced that video games champions are genuine athletes precursors of their generation and the new sports of the XXIst century. The ESWC is managed by Oxent SAS, global rights owner since June 2012.

About CEVO:
CEVO is a global eSports company built around North America’s largest competitive online PC gaming league. Founded in December of 2004 with the intention to transform competitive online gaming into a professional sport, CEVO has been hosting both free and pay-to-play tournaments across a variety of AAA titles for almost 10 years. Through CEVO-TV we are also engaged in online broadcasting and other digital media. Additionally, CEVO offers event management, marketing, development, and design solutions for clients looking to get involved in the business of eSports. For more information visit cevo.com.

About Major League Gaming (MLG):
MLG is the leader in eSports delivering premium gaming content to viewers through its streaming platform - MLG.tv and promoting eSports globally through premier competition. MLG.tv is one of the fastest growing broadcast networks worldwide reaching 20 million highly-engaged fans each month via web, mobile, connected TVs, gaming consoles and social media. MLG pioneered the eSports industry as the longest-running competitive gaming league in North America and through Gamebattles, the largest cross platform online gaming tournament system with 9 million registered users. For more information: MLG.tv.

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Comments

Progress.
Progress.

Posted Thursday, May 21st, 2015 11:14 AM GMT
Just want to take a minute and make sure that everyone is aware of the awesome MVP promotion that we have going on right now with the MSI x IBUYPOWER Summer CS:GO Qualifer Series. [quote] Participation in the MSI x IBUYPOWER Summer CS:GO Qualifer Series is completely [b]FREE for CEVO MVP's[/b] and $5/player for regular users per qualifier. If you'd like to learn more about the CEVO MVP program, visit http://cevo.com/mvp.[/quote] This means that if you are planning to play in all three qualifiers, and were to subscribe to the MVP program today, you'd pay $4.99 and receive [b]FREE entry[/b] to each of the tournaments as opposed to the [b]$15[/b] it would cost as a standard CEVO user. You can learn more about the MVP program at [url]http://cevo.com/MVP[/url].
Just want to take a minute and make sure that everyone is aware of the awesome MVP promotion that we have going on right now with the MSI x IBUYPOWER Summer CS:GO Qualifer Series.

Participation in the MSI x IBUYPOWER Summer CS:GO Qualifer Series is completely FREE for CEVO MVP's and $5/player for regular users per qualifier. If you'd like to learn more about the CEVO MVP program, visit http://cevo.com/mvp.
This means that if you are planning to play in all three qualifiers, and were to subscribe to the MVP program today, you'd pay $4.99 and receive FREE entry to each of the tournaments as opposed to the $15 it would cost as a standard CEVO user.

You can learn more about the MVP program at http://cevo.com/MVP.

Chris Pipher / VP, Operations / CEVO, Inc.

Posted Thursday, May 21st, 2015 1:24 PM GMT
Excited
Excited

Posted Thursday, May 21st, 2015 1:47 PM GMT
This looks wicked.
This looks wicked.

Daniel Evans - Senior Support Specialist

Posted Thursday, May 21st, 2015 3:00 PM GMT
I signed my team up, and bought MVP, but I'm marked as not ready and unpaid.
I signed my team up, and bought MVP, but I'm marked as not ready and unpaid.

Posted Thursday, May 21st, 2015 7:24 PM GMT
Same here :(
Same here :(

Posted Thursday, May 21st, 2015 8:13 PM GMT
Rendar- & Clutch - this should be fixed now guys. Apologies & thanks a lot for your subscription, we really appreciate it!
Rendar- & Clutch - this should be fixed now guys. Apologies & thanks a lot for your subscription, we really appreciate it!

Chris Pipher / VP, Operations / CEVO, Inc.

Posted Thursday, May 21st, 2015 9:07 PM GMT
is there a way to play on the june 13-14th tourney if we can't make it to the may 30-31st one? or do you have to participate in both?
is there a way to play on the june 13-14th tourney if we can't make it to the may 30-31st one? or do you have to participate in both?

Posted Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 4:31 PM GMT
Thanks for fixing it up Pipher and crew. The MVP + tourney entries is a real good deal!
Thanks for fixing it up Pipher and crew. The MVP + tourney entries is a real good deal!

Posted Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 4:42 PM GMT
[quote="FaLcO"]is there a way to play on the june 13-14th tourney if we can't make it to the may 30-31st one? or do you have to participate in both?[/quote] You can totally play in the 2nd tournament if you can't make it to the 1st. You can play in any number of the 3 qualifiers that you choose. We'll open up team registration for the 2nd tournament sometime later this week!
FaLcO said:is there a way to play on the june 13-14th tourney if we can't make it to the may 30-31st one? or do you have to participate in both?
You can totally play in the 2nd tournament if you can't make it to the 1st. You can play in any number of the 3 qualifiers that you choose. We'll open up team registration for the 2nd tournament sometime later this week!

Chris Pipher / VP, Operations / CEVO, Inc.

Posted Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 4:55 PM GMT
Who can we contact for more information on the event process?
Who can we contact for more information on the event process?

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today you fucked up :OG Oogway

Posted Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 3:22 AM GMT
When will qualifier #3 be open for registration?
When will qualifier #3 be open for registration?

Posted Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 6:05 AM GMT
LEZ GO
LEZ GO

Posted Saturday, June 13th, 2015 3:19 PM GMT