Valve has announced that the next major for Counter Strike: Global offensive will be hosted at ESL One Cologne, the world’s largest standalone Counter Strike event.
Valve has announced that the next major for Counter Strike: Global offensive will be hosted at ESL One Cologne, the world’s largest standalone Counter Strike event. This will be 5th time ESL has been offered the opportunity to organize the Major out of 9 occasions. The event will be organized at the same venue as the previous year: LANXESS Arena, Germany and is scheduled from 5th till 10th July while boosting a prize pool of $1,000,000
A total of sixteen teams will be competing in the event. The top eight finishers from the previous Major at MLG Columbus, phrased as the Legends, will be directly invited. While the remaining eight called the Challengers will be decided according to the outcomes of the regional Minor Championships: Asia, Europe, North America and CIS. Valve has enforced new criteria for the players and teams have to full to participate in a major: Players who have participated in the recent majors can still compete in Minors, as long as he is not part of a team having at least three players competed together in the previous Major.
Each Minor Championship has a prize pool of $50,000. Top 2 team from each will be entitled a slot in the sixteen teams playing at the Major. The Minors are scheduled to start in the month of June, further details will be released in the upcoming weeks.
Ulrich Schulze, VP Pro Gaming at ESL has expressed his optimism for the event:
"Last year's ESL One Cologne was one for the history books. We delivered by far the world's biggest and most-watched Counter-Strike event of all time, but more than anything I am proud to say that we delivered a fantastic event in of itself. There are always things we can improve on, and we're looking to take key learnings from last year to raise the bar even further in 2016 for what will hopefully be a truly legendary experience, both online and off."
ESL has recently announced their two years partnership with HitBox. This will ensure a better coverage of the event, especially for the mass who have been deprived on Twitch platform.
For those who are interested in attending ESL One Cologne on ground, tickets are already out on sale on eventim.de.
Source: ESL One
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