Counter-Strike is Now a Sanctioned eSport

I played Counter-Strike in college strictly as a hobby – I wasn’t bad.  My eventual brother in law played also and he was REALLY good! There’s no doubt that he had a level of skill that I didn’t and that he was a top tier player. When I wasn’t playing against him (and losing) it actually fun to watch him play – something I never thought was possible for a video game because I always to be busy when it comes to playing. Even then, 15 years ago it was clear to me that while I was pretty good there was a whole different level of gamer out there that it would be fun to watch compete and to study in an effort to improve my own play.

counter_strike_global_offensive_1024x768_wallpaperE-Sports Entertainment Association (ESEA) and the Electronic Sports League (ESL) have teamed up to put together a recurring Counter-Strike tournament. This is really pretty amazing if for no other reason than for how long Counter-Strike has been a part of the gaming community, and yet it had somehow managed to not be legitimate enough to earn a spot in the regular tournament lineups that games like Dota2 and League of Legends happily occupied.

The initial prize pool is $500,000 and the organizers intend to push that number way up in the near future in order to make sure they get the best competitors available interested and focused on playing in their tournaments.

Here’s the scoop directly from the announcement page:

Starting on May the 4th, the ESL ESEA Pro League will see league seasons over the course of multiple months. Both North America and Europe will see one division each, with the 12 best teams from their respective regions to compete within them. Weekly matches, protected by ESEA’s industry leading anti-cheat client, will precede the four-day offline finals for both divisions, which will take place at the ESL studios in Burbank, California, and Cologne, Germany.

And here’s the list of Counter-Strike team names for those teams that will compete in each division:

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Europe

  • Team Dignitas
  • Team EnVyUs
  • FlipSid3 Tactics
  • fnatic
  • HellRaisers
  • mousesports
  • Natus Vincere
  • Ninjas In Pyjamas
  • PENTA Sports
  • Team SoloMid
  • Titan
  • Virtus.Pro

North America

  • Ace Gaming MSI
  • Cloud9
  • Counter Logic Gaming
  • eLevate
  • Fenix GG
  • Keyd Stars
  • Team Liquid
  • Luminosity Gaming
  • mouseSpaz
  • Nihilum
  • SYNRGY Gaming
  • Tempo Storm

 

I’m looking forward to this new event as it will be very exciting to see some of the best of the best play the game!

 

 

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