Tournament organiser StarLadder has confirmed that it will host the second Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major event of 2019. Now, fans know just where and when they’ll be able to watch the best teams in the world compete for the $1,000,000 prize pool and honor of being known as Major champions.
The fifteenth Major in history, StarLadder has partnered with ImbaTV to put on the tournament at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, Germany. “Our company was founded out of an immense passion for Counter-Strike. Our very first tournaments many years ago started with CS. This game was and remains as a critical part of who we are, we grew up with it, and couldn’t be more excited”, said Alexander Chegrinez, Head of Business Development at StarLadder.
This is the first CS:GO Major for Ukrainian company StarLadder, but not their first involvement with Valve titles on this level. Earlier this year, SL hosted the Chongqing Major in Dota 2, and now are getting a chance to prove themselves in another game. Even though it will be their first time hosting the $1 million crown event, StarLadder has been involved in CS:GO for many years, running the StarSeries league, with its seventh season coming up.
The regional Minors and Major stages will also be held in Berlin to help teams avoid visa problems and will also follow a similar format to the IEM Katowice Major – having two Minors running simultaneously to save time.