Markus “Olodyn” Koskivirta joins the Elisa Esports team as Head of Tournament Operations 

Markus “Olodyn” Koskivirta has been a part of the Finnish Esports scene for the last 12 years and has worked or volunteered in almost every Finnish esports event. For the last 5 years, Markus has worked internationally as a tournament organizer. 

Now Markus joins the Elisa Esports team as Head of Tournament Operations. The main focus of his work is to make sure our tournaments run smoothly and that competitive integrity is guaranteed. 

– I am looking forward to being a part of this team. Elisa Esports has the best Finnish esports professionals, and I know we are going to make great things together, comments Markus Koskivirta, Head of Tournament Operations at Elisa Esports. 

– I am thrilled to have such a professional on our team, who has a lot of experience in the international esports field. I believe that with Markus, our tournament operations will get to the next level, and we will be able to provide even better tournaments, comments Teemu Koski, Head of Elisa Esports. 

Elisa Invitational Winter 2023 moves to the second phase on next Monday. Find the schedule and teams here!

Main Swiss starts next Monday, on the 6th of February, as 8 teams have made their way through the Contenders Stage. Now they’ll meet 8 invited teams, and from the next 5 weeks, only the Top 8 will advance to the last phase of the Elisa Invitational Winter 2023 tournament – the Playoffs!

TEAMS

  • HAVU (Invited from Elisa Open Suomi Season 3)
  • 500 (Invited)
  • 9INE (Invited)
  • Tricked (Invited)
  • Endpoint CeX (Invited)
  • Apeks (Invited)
  • Copenhagen Flames (Invited)
  • Illuminar (Invited)
  • IKLA (Qualified from Contenders Stage)
  • Monte (Qualified from Contenders Stage)
  • Partizan (Qualified from Contenders Stage)
  • GODSENT (Qualified from Contenders Stage)
  • Young Ninjas (Qualified from Contenders Stage)
  • BIG Academy (Qualified from Contenders Stage)
  • ECLOT (Qualified from Contenders Stage)
  • EYEBALLERS (Qualified from Contenders Stage)

SCHEDULE

The schedule will be updated weekly as the tournament proceeds forward.

Round 1 – 6.-9.2.2023 (BO3)

Opening Round
6.2.2023 11.00 CET
500 vs. EYEBALLERS
Opening Round
6.2.2023 14.00 CET
HAVU vs. Young Ninjas
Opening Round
7.2.2023 11.00 CET
Tricked vs. Monte
Opening Round
7.2.2023 14.00 CET
9INE vs. Partizan
Opening Round
8.2.2023 11.00 CET
Apeks vs. GODSENT
Opening Round
8.2.2023 14.00 CET
Illuminar vs. IKLA
Opening Round
9.2.2023 11.00 CET
Copenhagen Flames vs. ECLOT
Opening Round
9.2.2023 14.00 CET
Endpoint CeX vs. BIG Academy

Round 2 -13.-16.2.2023 (BO3)

Low Match
13.2.2023 11.00 CET
Low Match
13.2.2023 14.00 CET
Low Match
14.2.2023 11.00 CET
Low Match
14.2.2023 14.00 CET
High Match
15.2.2023 11.00 CET
High Match
15.2.2023 14.00 CET
High Match
16.2.2023 11.00 CET
High Match
16.2.2023 14.00 CET

Round 3 – 20.-23.2.2023 (BO3)

Low Match
20.2.2023 11.00 CET
Low Match
20.2.2023 14.00 CET
Mid Match
21.2.2023 11.00 CET
Mid Match
21.2.2023 14.00 CET
Mid Match
22.2.2023 11.00 CET
Mid Match
22.2.2023 14.00 CET
High Match
23.2.2023 11.00 CET
High Match
23.2.2023 14.00 CET

Round 4 – 27.2.-1.3.2023 (BO3)

Elimination Match
27.2.2023 11.00 CET
Elimination Match
27.2.2023 14.00 CET
Elimination Match
28.2.2023 11.00 CET
High Match
28.2.2023 14.00 CET
High Match
1.3.2023 11.00 CET
High Match
1.3.2023 14.00 CET

Round 5 – 2.3.2023 (BO3)

Elimination Match
2.3.2023 11.00 CET
Elimination Match
2.3.2023 14.00 CET
Elimination Match
2.3.2023 17.00 CET

Elisa Invitational Contenders Stage starts next Monday, January 16th with 12 invite teams and 4 teams from the Open Qualifiers. From these 16 teams only the top 8 will earn their place in the Main Stage.

All the games will be streamed on our Elisa Esports – Twitch channel. For the first two weeks of the Contenders Stage, Jack “Zerpherr” Kelly and Teodor “Tedd” Borisov will be casting the games!

TEAMS

  • ENCE Academy (From Elisa Open Suomi 3)
  • PGE Turow (From Europe Online Qualifier)
  • GTZ (From Europe Online Qualifier)
  • Enhanced (From Nordic Online Qualifier)
  • GODSENT (From Nordic Online Qualifier)
  • Monte (Invited)
  • IKLA (Invited)
  • PROSPECTS (Invited)
  • ECLOT (Invited)
  • Young Ninjas (Invited)
  • BIG Academy (Invited)
  • Falcons (Invited)
  • EYEBALLERS (Invited)
  • Partizan (Invited)
  • ECSTATIC (Invited)
  • Astralis Talent (Invited)

Schedule

The schedule will be updated weekly as the tournament proceeds forward.

Round 1 – 16.-17.1.2023 (BO1)

Opening Round
16.1.2023 11.00 CET
PROSPECTS vs. ENCE Academy
Opening Round
16.1.2023 12.30 CET
IKLA vs. PGE Turow
Opening Round
16.1.2023 14.00 CET
BIG Omen Academy vs. GTZ
Opening Round
16.1.2023 15.30 CET
Monte vs. Enhanced
Opening Round
17.1.2023 11.00 CET
Falcons vs. Partizan
Opening Round
17.1.2023 12.30 CET
EYEBALLERS vs. ECSTATIC
Opening Round
17.1.2023 14.00 CET
ECLOT vs. GODSENT
Opening Round
17.1.2023 15.30 CET
Young Ninjas vs. Astralis Talent


Round 2 – 18.-19.1.2023 (BO1)

Low Match
18.1.2023 11.00 CET
Enhanced vs. GTZ
Low Match
18.1.2023 12.30 CET
PGE Turow vs. Falcons
Low Match
18.1.2023 14.00 CET
ENCE Academy vs. ECSTATIC
Low Match
18.1.2023 15.30 CET
GODSENT vs. Astralis Talent
High Match
19.1.2023 11.00 CET
EYEBALLERS vs. PROSPECTS
High Match
19.1.2023 12.30 CET
Partizan vs. IKLA
High Match
19.1.2023 14.00 CET
BIG Omen Azademy vs. Monte
High Match
19.1.2023 15.30 CET
Young Ninjas vs. ECLOT

Round 3 – 23.-26.1.2023 (BO3)

Elimination Match
23.1.2023 11.00 CET
Enhanced vs. Astralis Talent
Elimination Match
23.1.2023 14.00 CET
ENCE Academy vs. PGE Turow
Mid Match
24.1.2023 11.00 CET
BIG Omen Academy vs. ECSTATIC
Mid Match
24.1.2023 14.00 CET
ECLOT vs. Partizan
Mid Match
25.1.2023 11.00 CET
PROSPECTS vs. Falcons
Mid Match
24.1.2023 14.00 CET
GODSENT vs. GTZ
High Match
26.1.2023 11.00 CET
Young Ninjas vs. IKLA
High Match
26.1.2023 14.00 CET
EYEBALLERS vs. Monte

Round 4 – 30.1.-1.2.2023 (BO3)

Elimination Match
30.1.2023 11.00 CET
Astralis Talent vs. GTZ
Elimination Match
30.1.2023 14.00 CET
BIG Omen Academy vs. PGE Turow
Elimination Match
31.1.2023 11.00 CET
ECLOT vs. Prospects
High Match
31.1.2023 14.00 CET
GODSENT vs. ECSTATIC
High Match
1.2.2023 11.00 CET
EYEBALLERS vs. Partizan
High Match
1.2.2023 14.00 CET
Falcons vs. Young Ninjas

Round 5 – 2.2.2023 (BO3)

Elimination Match
2.2.2023 14.00 CET
ECLOT vs. ECSTATIC
Elimination Match
2.2.2023 17.00 CET
EYEBALLERS vs. GTZ

This year, Elisa Esports have brought both Finnish and international CS:GO content for fans all over the world. In our broadcasts, we have witnessed competitive gaming as its best: Tight situations, great wins and heartbreaking losses. It all climaxed in November when together with amazing partners we hosted the Elisa Masters Espoo ‘22 tournament. 

Our international Twitch channel ElisaEsports had 104 broadcast days and fans spent 215 100 000 minutes watching our content. During those broadcasts you sent over 500 000 chat messages! In our tournaments we had players participating from over 30 different countries. 

Our Finnish broadcast team had over 180 broadcast days during 2022, and during those days everyone had chance to follow, for example, Elisa Open by Kotipizza seasons and RMR and Major -tournament. People spent over 87 000 000 minutes watching our Finnish streams on ElisaViihdeSport Twitch-channel and sent over 429 000 chat messages. 

In November we had 12 A-tier teams in Finland during the Elisa Masters Espoo ‘22. In Espoo Metro Arena over 9000 CS:GO fans cheered for their favorite teams. The weekend in the Arena was full of priceless moments, on and off-stage.  

Elisa Esports thanks fans, teams, partners and everyone who has been part of our journey this year. We already have big plans for the next year – Elisa Invitational and Elisa Open Suomi have already been announced, stay tuned for more! 

Elisa Invitational CS:GO tournament series is back with the Winter edition! Elisa Invitational Winter 2023 will be played between qualified teams and some of the most prestigious invite teams in the world. The tournament starts on the 16th of January.

The next Elisa Invitational season will be played from the 16th of January to the 11th of March. Opening qualifiers will be played on the 10th of January, where 4 teams among 12 invites will get their spot in the Contenders stage. The invited teams will be announced closer to the event. Teams will compete for a total Prize Pool of $25,000 and a spot to an unannounced LAN event.

  • Format
    • Stage 1 – Qualifiers
      • European & Nordic
      • Played on January 10th
      • The top 2 from each Qualifier secure a spot in Stage 2, Contenders Stage
      • Signups are open now!
    • Stage 2 – Contenders
      • January 16th – February 2nd
      • Every week from Monday to Thursday
      • Swiss Group (Round 1 and 2 BO1, rest of BO3) with 12 invite teams and 4 teams from the Open Qualifiers.
      • The top 8 teams will advance to Stage 3, Main Swiss
    • Stage 3 – Main Swiss
      • February 6th – March 2nd
      • Every week from Monday to Thursday
      • Swiss Group (Best-of-3) with 8 invite teams and 8 teams from the Contenders
      • The top 8 teams will secure spots in Stage 4, the Playoffs
    • Stage 4 – Playoffs
      • March 7th – March 11th
      • Single-Elimination Bracket with 4 rounds of play: Opening Matches, Quarter Finals, Semi Finals, and Grand Finals
      • 12 teams in total; 8 teams in the Opening Matches from Main Swiss, 4 teams invited straight to the Quarter Finals
  • Prize pool
    • 1st: $12,500 + spot to an unannounced LAN event
    • 2nd: $3,500
    • 3-4th: $1,500
    • 5-8th: $1,000
    • 9-12th: $500
  • You can find more information about the tournament, as well as current esports news at elisaesports.com
  • For the latest news regarding everything Elisa Esports, follow @elisaesports on Twitter and Instagram!

Elisa Masters Espoo ‘22 is coming closer and we know that all of you are eager to know who you will be seeing in Metro Areena 18.-20.11.2022. We promise, you do not have to wait for too long, but let’s take a look at the teams that have already been announced!

INVITED: ENCE

As the event was announced in June, at the same time was announced our 1st invite team ENCE. ENCE is currently holding #16 in the world rankings and they are preparing for the Legends stage of the Major tournament in Rio. After the Majors, we will be seeing the team in Espoo!  

QUALIFIED: HEET

The 1st qualified team for Elisa Masters was discovered in July when HEET secured the win of the Elisa Invitational Spring 2022. HEET is currently holding #30 in the world rankings, and Masters will be a great place for them to show how HEETED CS:GO can get.  

INVITED: BIG

The 2nd invite team announced was BIG. They are currently holding #17 in the world rankings, and the team will also be seen in Rio Majors, as they start their Major tournament from Challengers stage. BIG is a familiar name in S-tier tournaments and we can not wait to see them play in Espoo.  

INVITED: MOUZ

Believe it or not, we did not need any cheese to lure MOUZ to Elisa Masters as our 3rd invite team. The German-based MOUZ has been in the top 4 in multiple ESL Pro League Seasons, and they will also be attending to Rio Major tournament. MOUZ is currently holding #8 in the world rankings and will be one of the most interesting teams to follow in Elisa Masters Espoo ‘22.  

INVITED: FNATIC

This orange-black colored organization was the first to win three Major tournaments: DreamHack Winter 2013, ESL One: Katowice 2015, and ESL One: Cologne 2015, and they will of course also be seen in Rio. Our 4th announced invite team was no one else than fnatic, and they are currently holding #18 in the world rankings.  

INVITED: ASTRALIS

Our 5th invite team is 4-time back-to-back-to-back Major Champion Astralis. A few years back the Danish star was feared by everyone as they won basically every event they attended. The team is still strong, currently holding #11 in the world rankings. They also have a fun connection to Finland: The name “Astralis” originally belonged to a Finnish Counter-Strike team.   

It’s still 4 weeks before the teams arrive in Finland, and we have 3 more invite teams to announce. Soon we will also find out which teams qualify from Elisa Fall Invitational, as the Playoffs start 24th of October.

As a tournament operator, we take integrity concerns very seriously as we continue to build and develop our tournament circuit in CS:GO. Elisa Esports has been informed about suspicious behavior in two of its matches Schade Halt vs 00 Prospects that was played on 23.8.2022 and Schade Halt vs Yodagus that was played on 29.8.2022. Both matches were shown at twitch.tv/elisaesports. The suspicion was reported by a trusted third-party integrity partner.

The suspicion indicates that two match outcomes were manipulated by one competing team, Schade Halt. This is against our competition policies and thereby the matching team has been disqualified for all Elisa Invitational matches.

The suspicion has been reported to the Finnish authorities who will be in charge of the further actions regarding the case.

We are also sharing the information provided to us with other tournament operators and ESIC.


Media questions:

Elisa Mediadesk, mediadesk@elisa.fi +35850 305 1605

Elisa Invitational Fall 2022 Contenders Stage starts next Monday, August 15th. From 16 Contender teams, only the top 8 will continue to the Main Stage. 

After Open and Closed Qualifier Matches, we’ve now all the Contenders Stage teams ready to roll on next Monday. 

From these 16 teams, the top 8 will advance to the next phase of the tournament, the Main Stage, where the Invite teams are already waiting. From the Main Stage, the top 8 teams will get into the Elisa Invitational Fall 2022 Playoffs.

TEAMS

Here are the Contenders Stage teams:

  • KOVA
  • JANO
  • Into The Breach
  • schadE halt
  • B8
  • 777 Esports
  • hotspurs (Snowfall)
  • PROSPECTS
  • SKADE X
  • SASHI Esport
  • yodagus
  • Tricked
  • EYEBALLERS
  • MASONIC 
  • EC Kyiv
  • ECLOT

16 teams battle in the Contenders Stage (August 15th to September 8th).

SCHEDULE

Don’t miss the Contenders Stage schedule! The schedule will be updated weekly as the tournament proceeds forward.

Round 1 — 15.08. – 18.08.2022

Opening Round
15.08.2022 11.00 CEST
JANO vs. KOVA
Opening Round
15.08.2022 14.00 CEST
EYEBALLERS vs. SASHI Esport
Opening Round
16.08.2022 11.00 CEST
EC Kyiv vs. yodagus
Opening Round
16.08.2022 14.00 CEST
B8 vs. 777 Esports
Opening Round
17.08.2022 11.00 CEST
MASONIC vs. PROSPECTS
Opening Round
17.08.2022 14.00 CEST
ECLOT vs. SKADE X
Opening Round
18.08.2022 11.00 CEST
Tricked vs. schadE halt
Opening Round
18.08.2022 14.00 CEST
Into The Breach vs. hotspurs
Week 33

Round 2 — 22.08. – 25.08.2022

Low match
22.08.2022 11.00 CEST
SKADE X vs. yodagus
Low match
22.08.2022 14.00 CEST
hotspurs vs. 777 Esports
Low match
23.08.2022 11.00 CEST
KOVA vs. Sashi Esport
Low match
23.08.2022 14.00 CEST
PROSPECTS vs. schadE halt
High match
24.08.2022 11.00 CEST
EC Kyiv vs. ECLOT
High match
24.08.2022 14.00 CEST
Tricked vs. MASONIC
High match
25.08.2022 11.00 CEST
EYEBALLERS vs. JANO
High match
25.08.2022 14.00 CEST
B8 vs. Into The Breach
Week 34

Round 3 — 29.08. – 01.09.2022

Elimination match
29.08.2022 11.00 CEST
KOVA vs. 777 Esports
Elimination match
29.08.2022 14.00 CEST
yodagus vs. schadE halt
Mid match
30.08.2022 11.00 CEST
Hotspurs vs. ECLOT
Mid match
30.08.2022 14.00 CEST
PROSPECTS vs. Sashi Esport
Mid match
31.08.2022 11.00 CEST
Tricked vs. B8
Mid match
31.08.2022 14.00 CEST
SKADE X vs. JANO
High match
01.09.2022 11.00 CEST
EYEBALLERS vs. Into The Breach
High match
01.09.2022 14.00 CEST
EC Kyiv vs. MASONIC
Week 35

Round 4 — 05.09. – 07.09.2022

Elimination match
05.09.2022 11.00 CEST
JANO vs. ECLOT
Elimination match
05.09.2022 14.00 CEST
PROSPECTS vs. yodagus
High match
06.09.2022 11.00 CEST
Tricked vs. 777 Esports
High match
06.09.2022 14.00 CEST
Hotspurs vs. Sashi Esport
High match
07.09.2022 11.00 CEST
SKADE X vs. MASONIC
High match
07.09.2022 14.00 CEST
EYEBALLERS vs. B8
Week 36

Round 5 — 08.09.2022

High match
08.09.2022 11.00 CEST
PROSPECTS vs. ECLOT
High match
08.09.2022 14.00 CEST
Tricked vs. SKADE X
High match
08.09.2022 17.00 CEST
Hotspurs vs. B8
Week 36

Elisa Invitational CS:GO tournament series will continue with the Fall edition! Elisa Invitational Fall 2022 will be played between qualified teams and some of the most prestigious invite teams in the world. The tournament starts in the 15th of August.

The next Elisa Invitational season will be played from the 15th of August to the 19th of October 2022. Opening qualifiers will be played on the 9th of August, where 6 teams among 10 invites will get their spot in the Contenders stage. The invited teams will be announced closer to the event.

Teams will be competing for a total Prize Pool of $25,000 and 2 spots in the Elisa Masters Espoo ’22 event.

  • Format
    • Stage 1 – Qualifiers
      • European, Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish Qualifiers
      • Played on August 9th
      • Top 2 from each Qualifier secure a spot in Stage 2, Contenders Stage
      • Signups are open now!
    • Stage 2 – Contenders
      • August 15th – September 8th
      • Every week from Monday to Thursday
      • Swiss Group (Best-of-3) with 10 invite teams and 6 teams from the Open Qualifiers.
      • The top 8 teams will advance to Stage 3, Main Swiss
    • Stage 3 – Main Swiss
      • September 12th – October 13th
      • Every week from Monday to Thursday
      • Swiss Group (Best-of-3) with 8 invite teams and 8 teams from the Contenders
      • Top 8 teams will secure spots in Stage 4, the Playoffs
    • Stage 4 – Playoffs
      • October 17th – 19th
      • Single-Elimination Bracket with 4 rounds of play: Opening Matches, Quarter Finals, Semi Finals, and Grand Finals
      • 12 teams in total; 8 teams in the Opening Matches from Main Swiss, 4 teams invited straight to the Quarter Finals
  • Prize pool
    • 1st: $12,500 + spot to the Elisa Masters Espoo ’22
    • 2nd: $3,500 + spot to the Elisa Masters Espoo ’22
    • 3-4th: $1,500
    • 5-8th: $1,000
    • 9-12th: $500
  • You can find more information about the tournament, as well as current esports news at elisaesports.fi
  • For the latest news regarding everything Elisa Esports, follow @elisaesports on Twitter and Instagram!

Kesäkuussa julkaistun Elisa Masters Espoo ’22 -tapahtuman lavalla tullaan näkemään kotimaisia huippujoukkueita, kun kotimaisen huippuliiga Elisa Openin syyskauden finaaliottelu tullaan pelaamaan Espoon Metro Areenalla sunnuntaina 20. marraskuuta 2022. Liiga tarjoaa maailmanluokan mahdollisuuden nouseville suomalaisille pelaajille ja joukkueille. Liigan 1. ja 2. sijoittuneet joukkueet lunastavat paikan kansainväliseen Elisa Invitational -turnaukseen, muodostaen uusia sankaritarinoita tulevaisuuden tapahtumiin.

Kolmatta kertaa järjestettävä Elisa Open Suomi pelataan ensimmäistä kertaa 2 lohkossa, 12 joukkueella. Kausi starttaa avoimien karsintojen osalta maanantaina 22. elokuuta 2022. Lohko-ottelut alkaa maanantaina 5. syyskuuta 2022 ja kausi huipentuu Espoon Metro Areenalla pelattavaan finaaliin sunnuntaina 20. marraskuuta 2022.

“Tänä vuonna julkaistu Elisa Open -konseptimme on ylittänyt odotuksemme suosionsa puolesta ja näinollen liigan laajentaminen onkin looginen seuraava askel kehittäessä tuotettamme. Olemme ylpeitä, kun saamme tuoda suomalaisia joukkueita esiin ison areenatapahtuman puitteissa”, juhlii Elisa Esportsin toiminnasta vastaava Teemu Koski.

Tapahtuma tarjoaa yleisölle pelaamisen elämyksiä koko viikonlopun ajan. Lisätietoja tapahtumasta, ja liput löydät osoitteesta: elisamasters.fi

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