Interest in esports has extensively grown for the last several years. Both players and viewers have become more interested in the sphere. New tournaments all over the world gather huge audiences resulting in increased attention of fans of online betting. There appear more and more game disciplines. The quantity of players who are ready to devote their future to perspective esports increases in the same way.
Another important fact: in summer football, hockey and basketball have a period of off-seasons whereas probably the most popular esports discipline Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has the most important imposing tournaments with big prize pools in summer. Let’s take a more detailed look at each of these competitions.
Esports Championship Series Season 7 – Finals
Elimination qualify round of the last seventh season of Esports Championship Series were taking place from 11 March till 24 May this year in Europe and North America. The results of the qualifier defined four best teams from each continent that got a right to participate in ECS Season 7 Finals which will be taking place in London from 6 till 9 June. Three first participants from Europe and North America got defined by the results of elimination games in group rounds while the last teams from each of the continents got chosen according to the rating of earned money prizes at the preliminary stages of the qualify round.
Participants in the tournament:
- Europe – Astralis (Denmark), North (Denmark), Team Vitality (France) and the Swedish team Ninjas in Pyjamas;
- North America – three representatives of the USA (NRG, Furia and Complexity Gaming and also the team from Brazil MiBR.
The teams are divided into two equal groups. Two winners from each of the groups will get to the semifinal and make up two semifinal pairs. Further the winner of the seventh season of ECS will get defined at the elimination games. As always, the prize pool of the tournament is rather big (it consists of $500 000).
DreamHack Open Summer 2019
In the summer two out of twelve planned tournaments by DreamHack will be held. The first of them, DreamHack Open Summer 2019, will be taking place in Jönköping from 15 till 17 June. The teams will be fighting for the prize pool of $100 000. The winner will get half of the money.
Again eight teams can take part in the competition, 6 out of them are invited by the organizers and the other two will be playing for trips at European and Swedish qualify rounds.
By the results of the group tournament, four teams that will take two first places in each of the groups will define the winner of the tournament at the playoff stage.
ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals
June will be full of esports events and this tournament will be the main apotheosis of the month. The holding place is Montpellier (France), the date – on 18-23 June.
The main prize of the 9th season consisting of $250 000 (the prize pool equals $750 000) will be played for by 16 teams from Europe, America, Asia and Oceania. The teams were divided into two groups with eight participants in each. The results of the held matches will define two semifinalists (the 1 places in the group) and four quarterfinalists (the 2-3 places) that will define two other participants in the semifinals at the elimination battles. Later, at the playoff stage, the winner of the tournament will be defined.
As usual, among the teams that claim to gain the title we can see such popular teams as the Danish Astralis and North, NRG (USA) and the Brazilian MiBR.
ESL One Cologne 2019s
At the beginning of July (2-7 July) another big tournament with the prize pool of $300 000 will take place. Germany will hold the tournament for the sixth time. This time the competition will be held in Cologne at the Lanxess Arena well-known by esports fans. The organizers will define sixteen best teams who will be fighting for the main trophy. The fact is that 12 participants in the tournament are invited by the organizational committee. The other four teams will be chosen after the end of the qualifiers in Europe, North America and Asia.
The group tournament and the playoff stage will be held in the same format as ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals. Among the participants we can see such famous teams as the mentioned above Astralis, Furia, MiBR, and NRG. We should say that one of the pretendents to win the championship is the representative of Ukraine Natus Vincere that won the tournament last year.
BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles 20119s
July will please esports fans with another interesting tournament with a significant prize pool. It is BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles 2019 which will be taking place on 12-13 July in California.
Six teams will be taking part in the competition with matches held by the Round Robin. The best teams of the group stage will move to the superfinal with the biggest part of the prize pool of $250 000 as a prize for the winner.
There are five participants in the tournament. Among them we can see Team Liquid and MiBR who are well known by American teams. The last trip to the competition will be defined later.
The second major of the season StarLadder Berlin Major 2019s
At the end of summer one of the four main starts of the CS:GO season – StarLadder Berlin Major 2019 – will be on in Berlin. Huge prize pool of $1 000 000 lets participants hope to get apreciable rewards.
Elimination matches of the final stage will be held by the Swiss system and more than 14 000 fans will be able to watch the event at the Mercedes-Benz Arena stadium.
The championship will be taking place from 20 August till 8 September and they will consist of several stages. Sixteen teams will participate in the first one where eight best participants will be defined. They will face with each other at the “New Legends” stage with the same number of participants from the group “Current Legends”. Among these teams we can see Astralis, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Team Liquid, and MiBR. The playoff stage will define the winner of the stage who will keep on fighting for the main prize of the tournament – $500 000.
The list of participants in the first stage of the competition will be known after the regional minors will get over in July. So, the amount of summer’s CS:GO tournaments is rather big and fans of this esports discipline will not have any time to get bored.