Starladder is set to host the 15th Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major expected to be held late 2019 in Berlin, Germany.
News broke out through a report from Dexerto.com where sources claimed that game publisher Valve has already awarded the hosting rights to the Ukraine based company. Starladder is not new in organizing premier CounterStrike tournaments but they are yet to host a Major prior to this event – although they had recently hosted a successful Dota 2 Major in Chongqing, China.
The report came hours after StarLadder esports manager Alex "Alex007" Trushliako said that “We're about to host the next CS:GO major” in a Tweet referring to the StarCraft II World Championship Series which is also organized by the company. However he was immediate to clarify that he was referring to the upcoming StarSeries i-League Season 7 while noting his unfamiliarity in the professional CS:GO scene.
A report from HLTV.org also suggests that StarLadder is already planning to build a studio in Berlin to stage the PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS Europe League (PEL). The city is also known as an esports hotspot in the region for hosting the League of Legends European Championship (LEC).
If ever, Germany will be hosting its fourth CS:GO Major with the last one being the ESL One Cologne 2016. The country was also home to some of the biggest esports events in history, including three CS:GO Majors with the ESL One Cologne 2014, 2015 and the mentioned 2016 iteration.
Aside from being Starladder’s first CS:GO Major, this will also be their first ever event to be held in Germany. All of their previous premiere events had taken place either in Ukraine, China, and Belarus.
The news adds up to the hype just days before the New Legends Stage of the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice Major which will kick off on February 13.