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Second Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major of 2019 Announced

February 18, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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The next Major event for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s esports division is set to gear up in July. StarLadder has announced that it will host the event, which will be in partnership with ImbaTV and will take place at the the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, Germany.

The Champions Stage of the tournament will run from September 5th through the 7th at the arena, with the Minor events determining the participating teams to start in late July as seen below:

July 17-21: Europe & Americas Minors
July 24-28: CIS & Asia Minors
July 29: Minor Play-in
August 20-25: Challengers Stage
August 27-September 1: Legends Stage
September 5-8: Champions Stage

A prize pool of $1 million will be up for grabs in the Major, with $50,000 pools for each Minor region. The event follows on the first Major, which is currently ongoing through IEM Katowice. That event just finished its New Challengers stage, with eight teams moving ahead to the Legends stage to make a total of sixteen teams doing battle for a spot in the Champions stage that kicks off on February 20th.

StarLadder Head of Business Development Alexander Chegrinez said of the announcement, “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. It is a great honor for us to host the 15th anniversary Major in such a stunning venue, and for such an incredible community! We will do our best to impress the fans and deliver a truly memorable Major!”