StarLadder has just announced it'll be hosting the second CS:GO Major of 2019 in Berlin, Germany.
The format will remain the same as the ongoing IEM Katowice 2019 Major, with three separate stages across three weeks, and an ELO system to determine fair matchups.
All stages of the tournament, including the Minors and Minor Play-in will take place in Berlin, and the action kicks off towards the middle of July.
Here’s the schedule that's been confirmed for the main stages of the StarLadder Major:
- July 17-21 – Europe & Americas Minors
- July 24-28 – CIS & Asia Minors
- July 29 – Minor Play-in
- August 20-25 – Challengers Stage
- August 27-September 1 – Legends Stage
- September 5-8 – Champions Stage
We are pleased to inform all fans of the game that we are honored to host the fifteenth Major tournament in CS:GO!#csgo #StarLadder #SLBerlinMajorThe main event will take place from 5th to 8th September 2019 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. Read more:https://t.co/iU7H6M0h2z pic.twitter.com/oNa9FPewJFStarLadder CS:GO (@cssltv) February 18, 2019
StarLadder has played a huge part in the development of the Counter-Strike scene over the years, and this is the first time it will be hosting a Major - a significant milestone in the organisation’s history.
In an official statement, it expressed just how much the hosting decision meant to the organisation:
Alexander Chegrinez, Head of Business Development at StarLadder:
"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 prize pool for this Major remains at a whopping $1,000,000 - just like the others - and the prize pools for Minors will be $50,000 for each region.
The main event will take place at the Mercedes-Benz Arena which is capable of holding up to 14,000 fans. Tickets are slated to go on sale in April 2019.