OMEN by HP launches UK amateur CS:GO league

OMEN by HP is launching a league for UK amateur league for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

The OMEN UK Open is offering up prizes worth a total of $30,000 (£21,078), including $12,500 (£8,782.50) in cash.

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The event will be hosted by well-known organiser and London based FACEIT, spanning over six months. The point of the league is to give amateur players a platform to hone and showcase their talent, with hopes of developing them into professionals. There will be eight open qualifiers, which will then be followed by a two month league and finals, which will span over two days.

Each and every stage of the OMEN UK Open will be broadcast on Twitch, and will also include a Community Caster Challenge that allows up-and-coming commentators to showcase their talents. The best casters will have a chance to win $2,500 (£1,756.72) worth of OMEN by HP kit if they stand out during the qualifying stages of the event.

George Brasher, UK&I MD, HP commented in a statement: “With the launch of the OMEN UK Open, HP is celebrating the competitive spirit that drives grassroot gamers across Britain. We know that enthusiast gamers need the best equipment and competitions to reach their goals and showcase their talent. The OMEN UK Open is a unique opportunity for HP to provide this platform and support the expansive U.K. CS:GO community—a passionate group of gaming fans at the very heart of esports.”

The open qualifiers commence on April 15th, which will lead up to the finals on November 17-18th. Registration is already open via FACEIT, and casters can sign up if they fancy their chances, too.

Esports Insider says: It’s incredible to see a league in the works that will truly celebrate and develop the national amateur CS:GO scene. This is truly shown by OMEN by HP hosting a competition for aspiring casters, too.