Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is one of the veteran titles of the esports industry. Valve’s FPS has continued to excel to new heights every year and is all set to amaze the community in 2020. It has established a solid name for itself in the gaming industry with multiple multi-million dollar tournaments every year.
The developer and the organizers have collaborated to develop a successful competitive landscape that only grows every year. Since the title attracts millions of players and spectators from all over the world. In this article, we will have a comprehensive look at some of the biggest tournaments in 2020.
CSGO Tournaments in 2020
Competitive Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has come a long way from local skirmishes to being one of the biggest esports titles of the modern-day. As we mentioned earlier, the competitive landscape of CSGO is quite successful. It is so widespread with different levels of sponsorship and professionalism that we are not exaggerating by saying that more than one online and offline CSGO tournament takes place every week. But the ones that attract the attention of the public include some of the best CSGO teams in the world. You can get information and schedule of these tournaments on global esports sites like HLTV.
Difference between LAN and Online CSGO Tournaments
Before we talk about the difference between LAN and online CSGO tournaments. It is important to comprehend the meaning of the two terms. LAN stands for Local Area Network and this means that players don’t compete over the internet. Instead, they are in the same room/arena, connected to the same network.
The majority of the LAN tournaments take place in stadiums and arenas, with live streams and spectators on broadcasting platforms like YouTube and Twitch. Aside from being in a different environment, being in a different location, room, table, and chair can have a big impact on a player’s performance.
Meanwhile, online tournaments/events take place over the internet, with players connected to a server in different locations. The players usually compete from different countries/cities and are heavily dependent on personal internet connections and their home computer. It is a fact that online tournaments have smaller prize pools compared to the LAN competitions.
CSGO Major Championships (Majors)
The Majors are the biggest CSGO tournaments that are held on some of the biggest stages in the world, with some of the best teams competing for Supremacy. These tournaments are sponsored by Valve and each tournament has a prize pool of a whopping $1,000,000. Aside from winning the lion’s share of a million dollars, the top-ranked teams also secure qualification for the next tournament of the same series. Astralis has been a dominant force in the past couple of years since the Danish side has managed to win 3 Majors in a row. No team has accomplished this feat in the rich competitive history of CSGO.
The ESL One: Rio Major 2020 CANCELLED
The ESL One: Rio Major 2020 was originally scheduled to take place in May. However due to the pandemic the competition has been rescheduled to 19 - 22 November and with an increased prize pool of US$2,000,000. The qualifiers of the tournament are called ESL One: Road to Rio and are scheduled to take place from 22nd April. It will host some of the best teams from across the globe and hold a $255,000 prize pool supported by Valve. Overall making it one of the most prestigious tournaments in the history of the competitive landscape.
CSGO Tournament & Event Organizers
The organizers have played a vital role in the development of CSGO as a global esports title. Every year the veteran organizers hold an extensive range of tournaments. The competitions are held all over the world and we will have a look at some of the most popular names in the business.
ESL Pro League
The ESL Pro League is one of the biggest professional leagues for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO). It is based on four regions: Oceania, Asia, the Americas, and Europe. It currently consists of 24 teams and includes some of the biggest names in the business. It was found in 2014 and to date has distributed millions of dollars. The most successful team in the league’s history is Fnatic since the side has won the league on three occasions.
ESL One is a renowned name in the eSports industry. The organizer has collaborated with Valve on multiple occasions to host Major Championships. As of December 2019, six out of fourteen Major Valve tournaments have been hosted by ESL One. It will also host the Rio 2020 Major in November 2020.
Intel Extreme Masters
The Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) Is an international body that hosts eSports competitions all over the world. The IEM competitions have been held in Los Angeles, Hanover, Dubai, Katowice, and Chengdu. These events are mainly sponsored by Intel and the titles they cover are Hearthstone, League of Legends, Quake Live, Starcraft II and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
Flashpoint is a new organizer that held its inaugural season in March 2020. It is a dedicated Counter-Strike organization that is headed by Immortals Gaming Club and Cloud9. The first season had 12 teams that competed for the lions’ share of a $1,000,000 prize pool. Originally it was planned that the league finals would be in Stockholm but due to the spread of COVID-19, the finals were held online. MAD Lions won the title and we could see another event hosted by the organizer later this year.
BLAST Premier is a professional eSports Counter-Strike: Global Offensive league. The BLAST Premier series is split into two seasons, the Fall and Spring season. The duration of each series is around four months and has its own season finals. The champions of each season compete in the Global Finals that take place in December. Aside from the high profile gaming, BLAST also hosts other events during its competitions like cosplays, music festivals and much more.
The ICE Challenge was held in January 2020. The competition was organized by Main cast Clarion Gaming and sponsored by gg.bet. Some of the top tier teams line NA’VI and ENCE competed in the event. However, the competition was won by mousesports who took the lion’s share of the $250,000 prize pool.
DreamHack is a Swedish production company that has hosted some of the best and biggest eSports competitions and gaming conventions all over the world. Twin Galaxies and Guinness Book of Records have crowned DreamHack the title of hosting the largest computer festival and LAN party that had the world's fastest Internet connection and attracted the largest audience. DreamHack usually holds competitions in North America and Western Europe. The events are distinguished into two categories: DreamHack Open and DreamHack Masters.
The DreamHack Masters competitions are Tier 1 events where the eight best teams in the world compete for supremacy: 1 Asian/Oceania, 3 North American and 4 European teams make their way to the main event from the qualifiers. The prize pool of the Master events is usually $250,000.
Meanwhile, the DreamHack Open events are Tier 2 events, it includes teams from Europe and North America and the prize pool is $100,000.
Other CSGO Tournaments
Aside from the high profile organizers, there are other names in the business like the EPICENTER, GG.BET, WESG, CS_Summit and Copenhagen Games. Aside from hosting some spectacular eSports events, the EPICENTER gives a brand new Mercedes to the MVP of its tournament. The WESG is held on an annual basis and the prize pool is usually $1 million. Meanwhile the organizers of Copenhagen Games, CS_Summit and GG.BET holds a variety of CSGO events throughout the calendar year.
Betting on CSGO Tournaments
Counter-Strike bets can be used to earn big profits. If you are a bit familiar with the scene and observe the top CSGO teams regularly, then you can build on this knowledge and use it successfully for counter-strike betting. The major betting providers usually have a deficit when it comes to Counter-Strike knowledge. The CSGO enthusiasts often have a much grip on the competitive landscape. This happens quite regularly, especially when bookmakers have interesting odds. Sometimes they fail to recognize a better team since they have no knowledge of the player changes. See this as an opportunity to take advantage of and make profits. There are plenty of betting markets to choose from, which include Over / Under bets, combination bets, tournament win bets, betting on Pistol Round and much more.
Tips for CSGO betting
- The favorite usually wins the CSGO bets. Therefore, we advise you to earn big from it.
- With over / under bets, the odds increase enormously, so if you are an experienced bettor, then we recommend using this type of bet.
- Use the knowledge advantage as an enthusiastic counter strike player and use the information for effective betting on CSGO.
- Do not bet on the unknown and new teams. However, do gamble on them if they include some renowned stars of the game.