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A 2016 eSports Calendar: Dota 2, CS:GO, League of Legends Tournaments and more

We’ve covered eSports in 2015, eSports tournament winning teams in 2015 and gaming franchises in 2015. Let’s focus on the future.

We are going to have an excellent year in the 2016 eSports scene and this year won’t disappoint us, with up to 4 majors coming for Dota 2 and plenty more for CS:GO.

Here are some of the events already confirmed:

Valve’s Regional Minor Championships- CS:GO  – January:

In an effort to generate opportunities for new teams to develop, Valve will be hosting four regional championships during the month of January with a prize pool of $50,000 and a chance for teams to compete at the offline qualifiers for MLG Colombus 2016.

SL i-League StarSeries – Dota 2  – January 13-17th:

12 of the best teams will compete at the Minsk Arena (Belarus) in a tournament with a prize pool of $300,000.

League of Legends Championship Series, NA LCS Spring Season – LoL – January 16-March 20:

January 5th will mark the biggining of the Riot 2016 Season Championsip Series, being the fourth season of North America’s fully professional League of Legends league.

League of Legends Championship Series, EU LCS Spring Season – LoL – January 16-March 18:

10 teams will compete in a round robin group stage, with the top six teams continuing to the offline playoffs.

DreamHack Leipzig 2016 – CS:GO and StarCraft II – January 22-24th:

Will run from the 22nd of January until the 24th at Leipziger Messe in Leipzig, Germany.

This will be the first DreamHack event in Germany, and will include Counter-Strike:Global Offensive and StarCraft II: Legacy of Void on their main show.

MarsTV Dota 2 League 2015 Winter – Dota 2 – January 27-31st:

10 teams will battle in China for a price pool of $250,000.

Cannes Winter Clash – Fighting games – February 26-28th:

The Cannes Winter Clash (France) is one of the largest fighting game tournaments in Europe including games such as Street Fighter V, Super Smash Bros for WiiU, King of Fighter XIII and others.

IEM Katowice 2016 – CS:GO and LoL – March 4-6th:

The Polish city will be once again the home for a big eSports tournament. From March 4th to March 6th, the best CS:GO and League of Legends teams will compete at the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship for a prize pool of over $350,000.

The Shanghai Major – Dota 2 – March 2-6th:

The first Dota 2 Major of 2016 will feature 16 of the best teams in the world competing on a double elimination tournament for a $3 million prize pool.

Eight teams will be directly invited and eight teams will come from the Regional Qualifiers (it’s time to form your five stack and start feeding!).

MLG Columbus 2016 – CS:GO  – Mach 29-April 3:

Valve announced that their next CS:GO Major Championship will take place in Colombus, Ohio, featuring the top eight teams from DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca.

The six day event will begin March 29 and their finals will be on April 3. Columbus will mark the eighth Major Championship for CS:GO and the first Major held in North America.

DreamHack Austin 2016 – CS:GO and Fighting Games – May 6-8th:

For the first time ever the biggest digital festival will make their way to North America.

DreamHack will be the home for CS:GO, Super Smash Brother Melee and Street Fighter V tournaments.

OPSkins is based in the USA and Canada so if you make your way to this tournament make sure to say hi to our staff as some of us will be around enjoying the event!

ESL One Cologne 2016 – CS:GO –  July 8-10th:

Cologne will be (once again) the home for the largest CS:GO tournament in the world. The world’s best teams will battle for $250,000 at the Lanxess Arena in Germany.


It’s going to be a year filled with great tournaments and we can’t wait for it to begin, 2016 here we go!


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