Upcoming Counter-Strike Esports Events for 2017

By   /   Jan 31, 2017

2017 holds tremendous value for both followers and participants of the professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene.

For the time being, six major events are planned to take place throughout the year, with the possibility of other third-party organizers to announce their events as well. Mark your calendars with the dates for each one. There’s no reason for a Counter-Strike enthusiast to miss even a single day of competitive proceedings.

Event: DreamHack Masters
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Venue: MGM Grand
Dates: February 15-19
Prize Pool: $450,000
Teams: 16

Event: Intel Extreme Masters
Location: Katowice, Poland
Venue: Spodek Arena
Dates: March 1-5
Prize Pool: $250,000
Teams: 12

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Event: ESL Pro League (Season 5)
Location: Dallas, Texas (finals only)
Venue: Verizon Theater (finals only)
Dates: February 7 – June 4
Prize Pool: $1,000,000
Teams: 28

Event: ESL Pro League (Season 6)
Location: Dallas, Texas (finals only)
Venue: Verizon Theater (finals only)
Dates: August – December
Prize Pool: $1,000,000
Teams: 28

Event: ESL ONE
Location: Cologne, Germany
Venue: Lanxess Arena
Dates: July 7-9
Prize Pool: TBD
Teams: TBD

Event: ESL ONE
Location: New York
Venue: Barclays Center
Dates: September 16-17
Prize Pool: TBD
Teams: TBD

The first-ever Valve-supported ELEAGUE Major just wrapped up this past weekend. The Counter-Strike community couldn’t have asked for a better way to begin the new esports year.

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A massive prize pool of $1,000,000 was distributed between 16 of the best Counter-Strike teams in the world. Danish powerhouse Astralis secured its first Major title, while the Russian might of Virtus.pro displayed extraordinary skill on the battlefield to come second.

The excellent production value as well as tense finals allowed ELEAGUE to break the Twitch record for most concurrent viewers on a single channel with nearly 900,000 viewers. At the end of the Major, the number of viewers for the finals had comfortably crossed the one-million mark.

The exploding numbers only signify the increasing reach of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive esports. It wouldn’t be surprising to see these numbers get broken with any of the upcoming major events in the year.