ELEAGUE, the groundbreaking Counter-Strike: Global Offensive league managed by Turner and WME|IMG that is also responsible for the production of the Overwatch Open, has announced that they will be hosting the first CS:GO Major of 2017.

Slated to kick off January 22nd, the first portion of the Major will be held at Turner Studios in Atlanta until the 25th. Fox Theatre will host the remainder of the event, which will pick back up on the 27th and run until the 29th.

Sixteen teams will be competing in the main event for the lion’s share of the one million dollar prize pool, with eight of the available slots being reserved for those who placed in top eight at ESL One Cologne 2016, including Fnatic and Team Liquid. The other half of the participants will have to qualify through the Major Qualifier, which will be held December 15th to the 18th from the ELEAGUE Arena in Atlanta.

“We’re proud and honored to host this CS:GO Major Championship after just one full season of ELEAGUE,” said Mark Shapiro, Chief Content Officer of WME | IMG, in a statement posted to the official press release, “It is a testament to the positive response we’ve received from the entire esports community and the focus we’ve maintained on delivering an authentic, quality product each and every week through ELEAGUE. This is an exciting next step as we continue to expand our esports portfolio.”

For those who wish to attend the finals in person, general admission and VIP tickets have already gone on sale for $60 and $160 USD respectively. Otherwise, both the qualifier and main tournament will be broadcasted in full to Twitch, but only the grand finals will be televised to TBS

Turner Sports President, Lenny Daniels, says that they are elated to be the hosts of the next upcoming Major, and promises to, “Utilize all of our collective resources to help further elevate this prestigious event.”


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