Emirati CS:GO fans have all the reasons to celebrate after Middle Eastern tournament organizer Power League Gaming announced the PLG Grand Slam 2018.
The tournament will be a 16-team international LAN happening in United Arab Emirates with $100,000 USD up for grabs.
The main event is set to take place in Abu Dhabi on December 12-15, with eight teams receiving direct invites and eight making their way to the main event proper through regional qualifiers.
Big names are coming
There are already four teams confirmed to play at the event namely G2 Esports, HellRaisers and most recently Fnatic as invites while Brazilian team Sharks Esports will enter the tournament after winning the South American Qualifier.
The rest of the regional online qualifiers will be played within November. Interested participants can register through PLG’s FACEIT page. Winners from North America, Europe, Oceania, East Asia, South East Asia and India, The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and South Asia, Levant and Africa will each occupy one of the seven remaining qualifier spots for the tournament.
PLG Operations Manager Abdullah "t0ks" Al-Ghafari said in a statement that PLG focuses on providing a platform for Middle Eastern teams to develop and compete at a higher standard.
“The PLG Grand Slam focuses mainly on providing an opportunity for teams that are looking for a breakthrough. We are not aiming to create a world-class spectacle but rather a high-standard event that will have all necessary elements for a player, team, talent member, and spectators to enjoy being a part of.”
A huge development for Emirati Esports
This is a huge step up from PLG following their iteration last year that only featured a $5,000 USD prize pool fought over by teams from the Middle East.
Also the recent success of Middle Eastern squad NASR Esports at the Extremesland 2018 proves to be a strong point for the thriving esports scene in the region. NASR placed 2nd behind South Korea’s MVP PK at the grand finals of the tournament held in Shanghai, China.
Moreover, this will be the 2nd multi-national CS:GO event for the Middle East this year alone. BLAST Pro Series is also set to penetrate the region with their Dubai leg before the year ends. So far, Astralis has already confirmed to play at the event, making the latter part of 2018 a blast for CS:GO fans in the Middle Eastern region.