Starting with the MLG Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major Championship Columbus 2016, all CS:GO Majors will feature $1,000,000 prize pools, Valve announced Tuesday.
"CS:GO tournaments are now among the largest esports events in the world, drawing global audiences of millions of viewers, filling massive venues, and garnering higher prize pools," Valve wrote in a press release. "Professional CS:GO has grown, and the CS:GO Major Championships are about to grow with it."
There have been approximately three CS:GO Majors a year since Valve first designated DreamHack Winter 2013 a Major. Both 2014 and 2015 featured three Majors, and MLG Columbus is the first Major of 2016.
The announcement quadruples the prize pool that was previously announced for MLG Columbus, set at $250,000. Previous Majors all featured that same prize pool. It also puts the event close to ELEAGUE Season 1, which is set to feature a $1.2 million prize pool.
The eight invited teams going to the tournament are Team EnVyUs, Natus Vincere, FaZe Clan, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Fnatic, Virtus.pro, Astralis and Luminosity Gaming. The LAN qualifier to determine the other eight teams competing will take place from Feb. 26-28.
The MLG CS:GO Major Championship Columbus is set to run from from March 28 to April 3.
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