CS:GO's ESL One event will return to Cologne once again in July 2019.
16 teams from around the world will compete for a share of the overall $300,00 prize pool. The event will be held at the LANXESS Arena between 5th and 7th of July 2019.
The news was confirmed on the ESL Counter Strike Twitter account this afternoon:
The Cathedral of Counter-Strike calls on the faithful once again. #ESLOne Cologne returns to the LANXESS Arena on July 5-7 2019 with 16 of the best teams in the world fighting for a US$300,000 prize pool.https://t.co/aoB4fdiB1O pic.twitter.com/QMJTTnGZZ5ESL Counter-Strike (@ESLCS) 27 November 2018
2019's event will mark the sixth occasion that the event has been held in Cologne, with the destination proving a firm favourite for organisers.
Details of the 12 invited teams have not yet been released to the public, but the roster will be completed with four qualifying teams.
Full qualification details are also currently under wraps, but we do know from the official ESL One site that there'll be two qualifying teams from Europe, and one each from Asia and North America.
As for the schedule of events at the tournament itself, the quarterfinals will be held in a best of three format on Friday 5th July 2019. The semifinals - again, best of three - will be held on Saturday 6th July.
The Grand Final will be a best of five format, and will be held at the very end of proceedings on Sunday 7th July.
We'll have more details on the tournament for you nearer the time.