Thunderpick World Championship 2023: Invited Teams Announced

Published: Oct 11, 2023 - Last Updated: Apr 8, 2024

Thunderpick today announced the invited teams for the upcoming playoffs of the Thunderpick World Championship 2023. Counter-Strike teams prepare to battle it out for the astounding $500,000 Bitcoin guaranteed grand prize for the winner. The tournament is scheduled to take place from Oct. 27 to Nov. 4, 2023, with Grand Finals taking place Nov. 5.

The invited Counter-Strike teams are Heroic, FaZe, Cloud9, Virtus.pro., Fnatic, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Team Liquid and Furia.

The Thunderpick World Championship 2023 playoffs boast a lineup that reads like a who’s who of the esports world.

Heroic, currently ranked 4th globally, along with FaZe, Cloud 9, and Virtus.pro, promises an electrifying showcase of top-level competitive CS. Teams like Ninjas in Pyjamas, Liquid, and Fnatic, with their rich legacy in esports, will add an extra layer of excitement to the competition.

Thunderpick World Championship Playoff Teams Announced

Virtus.pro expressed their eagerness about the event:

“We are very excited to play in this tournament. It has a really solid lineup of teams and we are eager to play at a top-tier event. Now that CS2 is out, competitive experience is more important than ever. Hope we can pull off a good show.”

FURIA Esports expressed their gratitude for the invitation:

“FURIA is very excited to play at the Thunderpick World Championship. We are happy to receive the invite to participate and we will do our best to represent Brazil on our quest for the title.”

Kelly Sanders, Head of Strategy at Thunderpick, shared her excitement for the event:

“It’s already been a thrilling tournament so far, and we can’t wait to see these incredible teams from around the globe battle it out for one of the largest prizes in CS:GO history.

The skill and tireless dedication that these teams put on display is nothing short of astonishing. It will be our honor, both as sponsors of the tournament and as fans of this vibrant esport, to crown one of them as our first ever World Champions.”

Prize Pool of $600,000 in BTC

What sets the Thunderpick World Championship apart is its groundbreaking prize pool. With an astonishing $600,000 worth of Bitcoin guaranteed prize pool that includes $100,000 distributed among four qualifiers and a whopping $500,000 awarded to the winner of the tournament.

CS2 or CS:GO?

The tournament’s significance is heightened by the recent launch of Counter-Strike 2 on Sep. 27, 2023. Thunderpick is working diligently with the participating teams to decide whether the matches will be played in CS2 or CS:GO.

GRID Supporting the Event

The event’s integrity and seamless operation are ensured by GRID, the official esports services provider and esports data partner. GRID’s Esports Solutions toolkit guarantees a flawless tournament experience, covering everything from visualization products to data infrastructure. Fabian Logemann, Head of Tournaments at GRID said:

“We’re proud to be providing the Thunderpick World Championship our comprehensive Esports Solutions toolkit, and powering a first-of-its-kind competition for the CS:GO scene.

The level of competition and entertainment we’ve seen so far from the tournament has been fantastic. Every team involved has the talent and dedication to become the Thunderpick World Champion, and the playoffs will definitely be one to remember.”

How to Watch the Event

The anticipation surrounding the Thunderpick World Championship 2023 is palpable, with enthusiasts eagerly awaiting the playoffs and finals. The tournament will be broadcast live on Thunderpick.io and through streaming platforms like Twitch, ensuring fans worldwide can witness the action closely.

As the esports world gears up for this event, the solid reputation of Thunderpick as a supporting player in the esports industry is strengthened. In May 2023, a sponsorship deal was inked between Thunderpick and Evil Geniuses’ three Counter-Strike teams. In September 2023, a partnership extension was announced with the sponsorship of the EG Dota 2 team headed to TI12.

Read also: Evil Geniuses x Thunderpick: A Partnership for the Ages

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Luke Warr

Since: April 6, 2022

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