Esports Championship Series Season 5 Underway in Europe and North America

Published: Mar 14, 2018 - Last Updated: Jan 20, 2023

Many of the top CS:GO teams across Europe and North America began their journey toward the Season 5 Finals of the Esports Championship Series this week.

Those finals take place June 8-10. But before that, a lengthy qualifying process sees 10 top teams in each qualifying section battle it out for:

The qualifying process spans seven weeks. In this time, each team plays all others in their sections in two consecutive best-of-one matches. That means teams play a total of 18 games throughout the process.

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Esports Championship Series details

ECS Championship Series Roll of Honour

In Spring 2016, the ECS developed the format for its initial league. There have been some slight tweaks, notably to the prize money on offer, since then.

The series held four previous events, two per year. Here’s the ECS’ Roll of Honour:

ECS Season Finals Winners & Runner-Up

Event Date Winner Runner Up Prize Pool
Season 1 Apr-Jun 2016 G2 Esports (EU) Luminosity Gaming (NA) $765,000
Season 2 Oct-Dec 2016 Astralis (EU) OpTic Gaming (NA) $660,000
Season 3 Apr-Jun 2017 SK Gaming (NA) FaZe Clan (EU) $660,000
Season 4 Oct-Dec 2017 FaZe Clan (EU) Mousesports (EU) $660,000

ECS North America Qualifiers Winners & Runner-Up

Event Date Winner Runner-Up Prize Pool
Season 1 Apr-May 2016 Luminosity Gaming Cloud9 $90,000
Season 2 Oct-Nov 2016 SK Gaming Cloud9 $45,000
Season 3 Apr-Jun 2017 Cloud9 SK Gaming $45,000
Season 4 Oct-Nov 2017 Cloud9 OpTic Gaming $45,000

ECS Europe Qualifiers Winners & Runner-Up

Event Date Winner Runner-Up Prize Pool
Season 1 Apr-May 2016 Astralis G2 Esports $90,000
Season 2 Oct-Nov 2016 Astralis Team EnVyUs $45,000
Season 3 Apr-Jun 2017 FaZe Clan Astralis $45,000
Season 4 Oct-Nov 2017 Fnatic FaZe Clan $45,000

Esports Championship Series competitors

Outlined below are the 20 teams competing in the North American and European qualifiers over the next couple of months.

North America

Last season saw the demise of Counter Logic Gaming, who forfeited their place in the ECS Qualifiers. They were unable to field a roster for Season 5. A third team qualifying via the Season 5 Challenger Cup, eUnited, therefore earned a spot in these qualifiers.


We will follow the fortunes of these teams at various intervals during the coming weeks. Be sure to keep up!

Ian John

Since: August 10, 2015

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