Arctic Invitational - ENG


Arctic Invitational - ENG


14.9.2019, Hartwall Arena

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Elisa Viihde together with Starsquad Event announces Finland’s first eSports mega tournament – the world’s leading teams set to contend at Arctic Invitational


Elisa Viihde will team up with Starsquad Event to host Finland’s first eSports mega tournament, Arctic Invitational, at Hartwall Arena on September 14. Arctic Invitational is the highlight of the Finnish eSports calendar, bringing together some of the most accomplished players from Finland and around the world.


Three internationally successful teams are invited to compete in the finals. The team to fill the fourth spot will be decided in a qualifying round. Qualifiers are held at Finnish gaming events throughout the course of the year, such as LanTrek and Vectorama.


The winners of Arctic Invitational will walk away with 100 000 euros, which is an unprecedented prize sum in the Finnish eSports scene. The main event of the tournament is Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, alongside which Elisa and cloud gaming application Hatch will run the Elisa 5G League finals.


“Elisa Viihde Sport is a forerunner in the Finnish eSports scene as well as a growing eSports broadcaster. We’ve expanded our events selection since the start of the year, and catering for international audiences is a natural next step for us,” rejoices Mika Lepistö, Head of Sports and Pay-TV at Elisa. “We’re expecting a tough tournament, in which the fourth qualifying team is given the opportunity to challenge the world’s leading eSports players. We want to help Finnish eSports players progress to an international standard.”


“Hartwall Arena is well-designed to host Finland’s first large-scale eSports tournament. An eSports tournament will see us tap into the arena’s technical potential in previously unseen ways,” explains Olli-Pekka Villa, the CEO of Starsquad Event.


Elisa 5G League culminates in Arctic Invitational


Arctic Invitational will also play host to the Elisa 5G League finals, bringing a tour that began in January to a climax. The mobile gaming tournament, powered by Elisa and cloud gaming service Hatch, is open to players across the board. Anyone can play for a chance to compete at Hartwall arena by attending an Elisa 5G League tour event or playing on Hatch.


“We’re proud to be organizing the world’s first 5G mobile gaming arena event,” states Mika Lepistö. 


"Launching Finland’s first 5G gaming tournament with Elisa has been a fantastic experience. I’d like to challenge everyone interested in mobile games to take part, by playing on Hatch or attending one of our 5G tour events. The best players have a shot at playing in the finals at Arctic Invitational. See you on the main stage!”, exclaims Lassi Nummi from Hatch.


Fans unable to attend can follow the event on Elisa Viihde Sport as well as the streaming platform Twitch. The event is produced by Elisa.


For more information:


Elisa Mediadesk, p. 050 305 1605

Starsquad Event Oy, Olli-Pekka Villa, p. 050 360 6419