ESL is gearing up for another huge event with another $250,000 community-funded prize pool up for grabs for the best CS:GO teams. This time it will be held in Cologne Germany at Gamescon. The eSports realm is tapping into the burgeoning community support for financing and boy is it ever working. First the greatly successful event in Katowice, Poland and now this! The three-day event will host the top eight teams from Katotwice as well as eight other winning teams from regional qualifiers. These 16 best teams in the world will duke it out in Cologne August 14th through the 17th.
The top eight teams are as follows: HellRaisers, Team LDLC.com, Fnatic, Virtus.pro, Ninjas in Pyjamas, TEAMGLOBAL, Team Dignitas, and Complexity gaming. Obviously the other eight teams have not been decided yet but 6 will come from Europe, one from Australia, and one from the United States.
This is what Managing Director of Pro Gaming as ESL had to say about the upcoming tournament:
“After our thrilling event in Katowice, we are excited to once again host a tournament with a community funded prize pool. eSports is a great place to be right now and with the community growing as it is, we’re happy to be given the opportunity to showcase the best in competitive gaming once again. The biggest gaming event in the world is the perfect place to host the best CS:GO teams from all over the globe and all of us here at ESL are looking very much forward to what gamescom has to offer.”
We at Epic Gaming obviously are quite pleased with the growth happening in almost all areas of eSports and this is just another example of this growth. The fact that the community is engaged enough to the point that they are helping fund big events like this is truly amazing. The last event at Katotwice aired on Twitch.tv and broke 100,000 concurrent viewers. It will be interesting to see what the next chapter of competitive CS:GO yields.
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