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ESEA Announces Season 5

After another successful season, ESEA announces their fifth season.

ESEA – the fastest growing CS league in North America – has announced today that they will continue on, and continue growing their prize pot. From their already large $40,000 prize pot, they have added another 5,000 dollars to the prize pot, making the overall prize purse of the league's three divisions $45,000, in comparison to the meager $1,500 up for grabs in the first season of the league, which started around this time last year.

Aside from the prize increase, many fans are wondering what exactly ESEA has in store with their two unannounced network sites.

Season 5 registrations will open this Wednesday and end at the end of the month.

Map lists, rules, teams, invites and more will be announced at a later date.



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After another successful LAN final with Counter-Strike 1.6 and Counter-Strike: Source, we're happy to announce ESEA League Season 5 which will feature a $45,000 prize purse and LAN playoffs for 1.6, Source, and now TF2 Invite divisions. Twelve months into the league and we've grown the prize purse from $1,500 to $45,000 and from one division and one game to nine divisions across three games and continued to bring more playoff action onto LAN.

Registration for S5 will open this Wednesday, the 11th, and close Monday November 30th at 10:00pm EST. Once registration closes there will be a week for teams to get acquainted with the system and to schedule their first matches, which will begin Sunday December 6th. Regular season action will continue for two weeks before a two week break for the holidays with matches resuming on Sunday January 3rd. During the holiday break there will be free Premium tournaments for all league games that will provide convenient excuses to dodge further time with the family.

Key Changes From Season 4 to Season 5:
•    Increased prize pot from $40,000 to $45,000
•    TF2 Invite LAN playoffs for the top 4 teams to go along with 1.6 and Source
•    Introduction of two new ESEA Network sites

Features of ESEA League include:
•    Two matches per week for all divisions
•    Complete web match scheduling
•    SMS scheduling alerts
•    All matches played on our ESEA servers across eight locations
•    Protection from our industry leading anti-cheat / config locking Client
•    Helpful team of handpicked paid league Admins who are active in each community
•    Complete box scores and stats for EVERY match (just as we have for pugs and scrims)
•    HLTV and SourceTV demo downloads for every match within 5 minutes of matches finishing
•    Automatic live HLTV and SourceTV for every match (unlimited number of spectators)
•    Automatic live irc scorebots for every match
•    Automatic POV demo recording
•    User prediction system for every match
•    You build your permanent league record
•    LAN playoffs for invite divisions

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