ESL UK has announced first details of its 2016 Spring Season League of Legends eSports tournaments.
The competition will feature a £10,500 prize pool (over £5,000 during the group stages, with £5,500 available during the offline playoffs).
This dismisses previous rumours, which suggested that ESL UK was going to double the prize money for its League of Legends UK Premiership in 2016, from £10,000 per season to £20,000.
The main change is that the winner of the ESL UK Premiership will now automatically gain a spot in the EU Challenger Series qualifiers.
Season 3 will also be shorter, taking place from January 27th (qualifiers) through to the final playoffs weekend on April 2nd and 3rd. You can check out the full schedule here.
Season 4’s timings haven’t been scheduled yet, but an ESL spokesperson told eSports News UK that ESL is “working on eliminating as much downtime as possible”.
ESL previously confirmed that the UK CSGO Premiership will have three seasons in 2016, up from two in 2015. However, ESL has confirmed to eSports News UK that the League of Legends ESL UK Premiership will still have two seasons throughout 2016.
ESL has also revealed details of the ESL UK Premiership Qualifiers.
“Teams will play across three qualification cups, gathering points that scale depending on their final placement,” ESL expained in a statement on its website.
“At the end of the four weeks, the top three teams will be invited to test their mettle against last season’s fifth to eighth place finishers in the ESL UK Premiership Promotions, alongside MnM Gaming who qualified via the ESL UK Major Ladder.
“Playing in a double elimination format, the ESL UK Premiership Promotions will determine who will advance to face Season 2’s finalists in the Group Stages, for an ever coveted spot in the ESL UK Premiership Playoffs, live from the ESL UK Studio’s in Leicester.”
League of Legends and CSGO teams in the ESL UK Premiership will still need to have at least three players from the UK. The key change is that the number of substitutes a team can have is dropping from five to four. The full Season 3 rulebook can be found here.
ESL has put out the following trailer for the Premiership:
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
A keen League player and WoW RPer, he has written for a range of publications including Games TM, Nintendo Official Magazine, games industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games. He currently works as full-time content director for the British Esports Association.