Counter-strike: Global Offensive is now offering four times as many dollarydoos to its best players.
The 2016 Counter-strike: Global Offensive Major Championship series will be significantly more lucrative than past years.
Starting with MLG Colombus, each Major Championship will offer a total prize pool of $1 million – a staggering jump on the $250,000 cap of past events.
This isn’t the annual prize pool; there are multiple CS:GO Major Championship events each year. Clearly, Valve is investing heavily in the future of Global Offensive as an eSport.
“When we announced the first CS:GO Major Championship in 2013, we hoped the Majors would be rallying points for the community, tent-pole events that could draw new audiences and amplify the value of all events,” Valve wrote on the Counter-strike blog.
“Since then, the professional CS:GO community has been growing at an incredible rate. CS:GO tournaments are now among the largest esports events in the world, drawing global audiences of millions of viewers, filling massive venues, and garnering higher prize pools.
“Professional CS:GO has grown, and the CS:GO Major Championships are about to grow with it.”
Cue the usual eSports have arrived and are here to stay editorial, etc.