Major League Gaming (MLG) has announced that their Major Championship for Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) will be held in Columbus, OH. This marks the first time that the Major Championship has been held in North America, and will take place in two separate locations; the MLG Arena and then the Nationwide Arena.
The CS:GO Major Championship kicks off Tuesday, March 29, 2015 at the MLG Arena, where 16 of the world’s best teams will battle for supremacy in front of a live audience. With a $250,000 prize pool, the competition will be fierce as players duke it out in the Group Stage Battles and Quarterfinals. Beginning April 2nd, the semi-finals will take place at the National Arena, home of the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets. On Saturday, thousands of fans will be able to witness the Semi-Finals, followed by the Grand Finals and All-Star Match on Sunday.
“For our first CS:GO event we brought the competition to the Aspen X Games,” said Adam Apicella, MLG. “We wanted to bring the game back to North American fans in a big way, and hosting a Major in front of thousands of spectators at Nationwide Arena is an exciting way to do that.”
The Major event will also be streamed live to millions of fans at home on multiple streaming platforms, featuring commentary and analysis from the top talent in the CS:GO community. Additionally, local fans can enjoy a viewing party hosted by MLG in the nearby Arena District. If you’re not familiar with CS:GO, you will be; over 8.6 million players logged in last month alone, and live events for the shooter game have broken attendance records across the board.