After more than a week of speculation, Starladder is now confirmed as the official hosts for the next CS:GO Major to be held in Berlin, Germany.
StarLadder is set to present the 15th CounterStrike: Global Offensive Major as game developer Valve awarded the hosting rights to the Ukraine-based company. StarLadder just recently completed the successful Chongqing Major for Dota 2 in China, but this will be their first-ever attempt to host a CS:GO Major.
This will also be their first event outside of their usual territories in Ukraine, China and Belarus as the company scheduled the event at Berlin, from Sept. 5-8 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. The Arena has been home to previous esports events such as the League of Legends 2015 World Championship and the PUBG Global Invitational 2018.
The event will be co-organized with Chinese event organizer ImbaTV. The events and production company were already long time partners with Starladder events, bringing in esports coverage and broadcasts for Chinese audience.
In a statement, StarLadder head of business development Alexander Chegrinez said the company pays importance for the CounterStrike community, noting that their first events started with CS.
“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!”
The Major will feature a $1 Million USD prize pool as a Valve sanctioned event and will feature the specific majors format consisting of four regional Minors, Swiss group stage for the New Challengers and Legends Stage, and the playoffs or Champions Stage that will be witnessed in Mercedes-Benz Arena.
The current Major which is the IEM Katowice 2019 Major hosted by ESL is live with the New Legends Stage. The Polish LAN will run until March 3 at the Spodek Arena – another hotbed for esports events.