Middle Eastern tournament organiser Power League Gaming (PLG) has announced a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Grand Slam that will be hosted in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on December 12-16th.
Sixteen teams will battle it out for the lion’s share of $100,000 (£76,010.50). Eight of which will be invited, whereas the others will book their spot at the event through regional qualifiers on FACEIT.
Qualifiers will be held over October 26th to November 17th, with South America, GCC & South Asia, East Asia, North America, Southeast Asia & India, Levant & Africa, Europe, and Oceania all involved.
Abdullah Al-Ghafari, Manager of Operations at Power League Gaming discussed the tournament in a statement: “The PLG Grand Slam focuses mainly on providing an opportunity for teams that are looking for a breakthrough. We are not aiming to create a world-class spectacle but rather a high-standard event that will have all necessary elements for a player, team, talent member, and spectators to enjoy being a part of.
“The hospitality offered will be something unique as the event is hosted in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi and players & talent will get to enjoy cool perks such as Ferrari World, Yas Waterpark, Yas marina F1 Marina Circuit and Yas Beach besides staying at the 5-star hotel of Yas Hotel (Viceroy). We will make sure all attendees are treated well and the tournament runs as smooth as possible. See you in Abu Dhabi!”
The 2017 PLG Grand Slam took place at the PLG Studio in Dubai in partnership with Legion and Intel. It saw four League of Legends team from the PLG Pro Tour compete for a total of $10,000 (£7,600.70).
Esports Insider says: It’s good to see a global event that’s not aimed at the best of the best. Amateur and up-and-coming teams can always use more opportunities to make it big, and tournaments such as the PLG Grand Slam is a solid opportunity. It’s encouraging to see the event scale up since last year’s edition, too.