Valve Major prize upped to $1,000,000

Feb 24 2016 2 min read
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Valve announced that from now on each major tournament's prize pool will be $1,000,000!

With the first major of 2016, MLG Columbus, looming around the corner in a little over a month from now Valve have announced that the total prize pool will be increased from $250,000 to $1,000,000.

The initially crowd-funded events have featured a $250,000 prize pool since their inception at the end of 2013, with 7 such tournaments having taken place so far.

The Seattle-based company announced this evening that from now on each major will have $1,000,000 up for grabs to be distributed among the participating teams.

"...The professional CS:GO community has been growing at an incredible rate. CS:GO tournaments are now among the largest esports events in the world, drawing global audiences of millions of viewers, filling massive venues, and garnering higher prize pools.

Professional CS:GO has grown, and the CS:GO Major Championships are about to grow with it." - reads an excerpt from the official post.

MLG also revealed that the distribution will undergo a massive change, as teams that exit in the group stage will barely get rewarded at all, while the winner will run away with half of the prizemoney:

  • 1. $500,000
  • 2. $150,000
  • 3-4. $70,000
  • 5-8. $35,000
  • 9-16. $8,750

The next major, MLG Columbus, is set to take place from March 29th-April 3rd in Columbus, Ohio, USA. The qualifier where the final eight teams (the Challengers) will be found is set to take place later this week from February 26-28th, and you can see which teams will be participating here: 



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