The next CS:GO Major will be hosted by ESL One in Cologne, Germany at the LANXESS Arena from July 8th to July 10th. Like MLG Columbus, the tournament will have a $1 million total prize pool.
The first Major of 2016 was claimed last week at MLG Columbus by Brazilian team Luminosity Gaming after beating Natus Vincere 2-0, taking home $500,000 and securing a spot for the next major. The top eight teams from Columbus will receive a direct invitation to Cologne thanks to the “Legend” status that they were automatically awarded. This includes: Natus Vincere, Luminosity Gaming, Fnatic, Team Liquid, Counter Logic Gaming, Virtus.pro, Astralis and Ninjas in Pyjamas.
“ESL One Cologne, the world’s largest standalone Counter-Strike event, has once again been named an official Valve Major. This marks ESL’s fifth Major to date out of an industry total of nine. The stadium event, hosted in Cologne, Germany’s LANXESS arena (July 8-10) will host the playoffs of the US$1 million international esports tournament, with group stages to take place from July 5-7. Competition will feature sixteen of the world’s best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams: eight “Legends” invited directly from the latest Major in Columbus and eight “Challengers” that have yet to be determined.”
Sixteen teams will compete for a chance to take the 1st place and the $500,000 grand prize (the remaining $500k in the prize pool will be split among the smaller prizes). The eight teams that failed to qualify in the Columbus’ Quarterfinals will receive an invitation to compete in June for the eight remaining spots in the Cologne tournament. They’ll be fighting for an invitation against the best teams from the Regional Minor Championships which are held in Asia, Europe, North America and the CIS region.
ESL’s VP announced on his personal twitter that they will be working with PGL to enhance the in game production and overall tournament production. PGL helped during the DreamHack Cluj-Napoca Major last year and will work at the Dota 2 Manila Major to be held June 7-12.
“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.”
Ulrich Schulze, VP Pro Gaming at ESL