ESL and WESA have announced their first offline CS:GO event in Denmark with the Pro League Season Six Finals set to take place in Odense on December 8-10, 2017.
The ‘twelve best CS:GO teams from Europe and North America’ will battle it out for a total prize pool of $1 million (£770,365) at the Sparekassen Fyn Arena. The press release also revealed that a brand-new gaming expo is planned to be hosted around the tournament, organised by the City of Odense in partnership with ESL. We’ll have more information available on this in ‘upcoming weeks’.
This makes it a busy week of announcements where CS:GO tournaments in Denmark are concerned. Just yesterday the news broke that a brand new format for the BLAST Pro Series will see six top CS:GO teams battle it out at the Copenhagen Royal Arena in November (24-25th). So far, only North and Astralis have been confirmed for this one.
We would have said the Pro League Season Six Finals were set to be the first big CS:GO tournament actually held in Denmark as the below trailer claims, but yesterday’s announcement of the BLAST Pro Series, which takes place a couple of weeks prior, arguably takes that title.
Regardless, this dual news will please Danish fans and the additional news of a gaming expo to be held alongside the finals in Odense should ensure some waves of tourists hit the city in December.
Season Six of the Pro League kicks off on August 22. Prior to the quarterfinals, semifinals and the grand final which will be played out in front of a live audience at the Sparekassen Fyn Arena, the offline group stages are set to be held on December 5-6.
Ken Hershman, Commissioner and Executive Chairman of WESA noted: “We are looking forward to bringing the Pro League CS:GO Finals to a completely new location and a brand new gaming expo. “With this year’s Pro League Finals being held in two outstanding locations, both rich with fans known to have a big passion for esports and CS:GO, we are expecting a truly exciting year for the league.”
“Hosting one of the main esports events in the world is a great opportunity to show the city of Odense to a global audience,” said Peter Rahbæk Juel, Mayor of Odense. “In Odense, esports has been an integrated part of our understanding for sports in a long time and is perfectly combined with our key business focuses within technology. With this event, we create a unique platform to market Odense as a city at the forefront of creating jobs and modern industries such as drones, IT and our international robotic cluster Odense Robotics.”
More than 75 million hours of online content have been consumed and over 280 million videos have been played since the first Season of Pro League. This year the total prize pool has grown 25% compared to last year. The Pro League Season Six Finals in December will break the US$4 million prize pool mark that has been paid out in the competition since its inception.
Ticket sales for the Pro League Season Six Finals in Odense start on Friday, August 11 at 12pm CEST. For more information about the event please visit the official Pro League CS:GO website.
Esports Insider says: What a week to be Danish and a fan of CS:GO. From no big tournaments to two rather sizable ones before the end of the year. With the planned new gaming expo set to run alongside the Pro League finals in Odense, we can safely presume that ESL and the city will be considering whether to make this something of a permanent home for finals.