UK-based fans of the popular first person shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive have had some exciting news this week. It was revealed that at the forthcoming ICE London Conference at the ExCel London Exhibition Centre, from the 4th to 6th February 2020, a top-tier CS:GO tournament with a prize pool of $250,000 will be contested.
It is a good fit for the tournament as the ICE event is one dedicated to all aspects of betting and gaming, including esports betting and it seems fitting that one of the ‘big three’ esports will be hosting an event, sponsored by GG.Bet, across the three days.
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The tournament’s prize pool of a quarter of a million dollars means that it will be the biggest CS:GO tournament, in terms of prize money, to be contested in the UK in 2020, at least out of those esports tournaments that have already been added to the schedule.
Best of all, UK fans of CS:GO can get into the event free of charge. Tickets are publicly available and can be booked direct through the official ICE website and organisers have confirmed that tickets ordered will grant patrons access to both the event itself and the CS:GO esports tournament too.
Continuation of Last Year’s Successful Event
This new tournament is an expansion and continuation of the smaller event that was hosted by GG.Bet at the ICE event back in February 2019. This smaller event, which had only four teams competing and a $50,000 prize pool, was won by CS:GO team North, who defeated Natus Vincere in the final.
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Such was the support and general feeling that this initial event was a big success, GG.Bet and ICE 2020 have expanded the number of teams competing in the tournament to six as well as increasing the value of the prize money five-fold.
So far, last year’s beaten finalists Natus Vincere are the only team to have been confirmed as competing at the event. The team have made a notable change to their roster of late, with GuardiaN returning to the team from FaZe Clan after the retirement of Zeus from competitive gaming. GuardiaN had previously been with the team from 2013 to 2017, before joining FaZe Clan in August 2017 for two years.
Other Teams to Participate?
Outside of Natus Vincere, it is not yet known which other five teams will be invited to participate in the ICE 2020 event in February. However, it is highly likely that at least a couple of teams that are currently sponsored by the bookmaker will be invited. Which means that the likes of North, Avangar, Heroic or Alliance all may well be invited.
It seems unlikely that the current teams at the top of the Dota Pro Circuit, which has just completed its first Major of the new series, will be in attendance at London.
No doubt with one of the main sponsors of the event being a company heavily involved in esports betting, it will be a fantastic opportunity for punters and attendees to enjoy a wager on the outcome of what is sure to be a glittering event.
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