Team-owned CS:GO tournament organiser B Site has announced the second rendition of its tournament series, titled Flashpoint 2.
The tournament will run from November 9th through to December 6th, with a total prize pool of $1 million (~£776,298) up for grabs.
The tournament will be run entirely online, with competition limited to teams who can quarantine in Europe to provide better network conditions. Commentary and on-camera content will be provided via a London studio, featuring prominent commentators and esports personalities Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles and Duncan “Thorin” Shields. The tournament will also see the return of Flashpoint’s ‘The Blind Spot,’ a more casual ‘bar chatter’ style post-game analysis show.
The lion’s share of the prize money will go to the winner of the tournament, with $500,000 (~£388,146) going to the top team out of the 12 attending. Guaranteed a place at the tournament already are B Site founding teams Cloud9, c0ntact Gaming, Dignitas, Envy Gaming, Gen.G, MAD Lions and MIBR. Chinese organisation FunPlus Phoenix, which joined as a founding team in March, does not appear to be attending the tournament.
Out of the five open slots available, three will be by invitation. Teams ranked in the top 20 will be eligible for selection. The final two spots will be determined through two European open qualifiers, commencing on October 8th and 10th.
Montecristo commented: “We’re dramatically improving the levels of both the competition and broadcast production for Flashpoint 2. We’re eager to give our fans a raw and unfiltered CS:GO tournament series while still taking necessary precautions to keep players safe.”
Esports Insider says: It’s good to see the tournament switch to a fully online format so it can keep running. FunPlus Phoenix appearing to drop out after becoming a founding member, however, raises a few questions marks. Is it down to COVID travel restrictions and the requirement to be in Europe, or something else?