Earlier this month, Japanese automaker Toyota announced a $100,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive heading to Bangkok. Dubbed Toyota Master CS:GO Bangkok 2018, the event will be held at the Huamark Indoor Stadium and will see 10 top CS:GO teams battle for glory and prizes.
Action starts on Nov. 23
Toyota Master CS:GO Bangkok will be the biggest CS:GO tournament ever held in Thailand. It will run Nov. 23-25 with qualifiers scheduled for September and October. The Sports Authority of Thailand, a government agency responsible for sport in the country, endorses this event.
“It is an honor to be part of the CS:GO event, which will be held at an international level,” said Thailand Sports Authority Deputy Governor Sanwean Boonto.
According to the press release, the event will also be part of the 2022 Asian Games. The games are a multi-sport event slated for Sept. 15-22, 2022, in Hangzhou, China.
“It is an honor and a pleasure to be part of the esports CS:GO competition as esports is currently advancing within the world and is becoming widely popular,” said Toyota Motor Thailand Senior Executive VP Wuttikorn Suriyachantananon. “Toyota Motor Thailand Co., Ltd. sees a great opportunity to develop the potential of athletes for the esports of Thailand to step into a global competition under Toyota Master CS:GO Bangkok 2018.”
The tournament see four direct invites and six qualifiers take part. So far, Detroit Renegades are the only public direct invite, with more coming in the near future.
Millennials showing lots of interest in esports
Spotting the growing trends around young people and esports, non-endemic companies and organizations are embracing the industry.
“We realize that the lifestyle of the young generation has changed according to modern technology,” added Suriyachantananon in a different interview. “As a result, we have stepped up to catch up with the trend, especially on our policy to encourage young people to live their way of lives.”
This forthcoming Bangkok event has partnered with a variety of big-name companies like HyperX, Intel, and Twitch. The venue, an indoor sporting arena located in Bangkok, can host up to 15,000 fans, which means that there will be enough space for all the hungry esports enthusiasts.
Southeast Asia is one of the hottest spots for all things esports. There will surely be no lack of visitors this November.