ESL to host "world's largest" CS:GO event

by Rod Breslau Feb 19 2015
Thumbnail image courtesy of Udo Schröter / Flickr

The Electronic Sports League has announced that it will be holding a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament inside of a stadium in Cologne, Germany. In what they dub as the "world's largest Counter-Strike:GO tournament," the ESL One Colonge tournament will be held on August 22-23 at the LANXESS Arena, home to German ice hockey team Kölner Haie.

"We had the honour of hosting two US$250,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournaments last year as part of the ESL One esports tour, and this year we plan on stepping it up,” said Ulrich Schulze, Managing Director of Pro Gaming at ESL. 

“ESL One Cologne is going to be the largest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event in the world. Taking place in the biggest indoor arena in Germany, we’re sure it’ll be a massive hit for fans from all over.”

Unlike previous CS:GO majors hosted by ESL and DreamHack featuring prize pools of $250,000, this event is entirely funded by ESL. Ulrich says that this is proof of ESL's dedication to CS:GO, noting that 2015 would see the most Counter-Strike activity in ESL's longstanding support of the game.

“We’re very excited to be the first German arena to host an event of this kind. We are convinced that Cologne, as both a tourist destination and as a technology capital, is perfectly suited,” said Stefan Löcher, CEO of ARENA Management GmbH. “In co-operation with our partner, ESL, we’re looking forward to host some of the world’s best esports players and their fans.” 

Sixteen teams will make their way to Cologne this August to battle it out for $250,000 USD in prize money. Information on tournament structure and the qualification process will be released at a later date. 

Ticket sales for ESL One Cologne in the LANXESS Arena begin on Feb 23. Tickets will be available on Eventim and all associated ticketing agencies in Germany. 

Photo by Udo Schröter via Flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0, modified for cropping.