Esports agency GAM3RS_X and Maltese esports company Eden Esports have announced two more seasons of the European Development Championship CS:GO series.
The tournament, set to take place in late 2022 and early 2023, will be open to European-based CS:GO teams. The championship will last for eight months and will have a total prize pool of $90,000. Moreover, the best teams will also get a chance to participate in a bootcamp in Malta.
The European Development Championship first took place in 2021, with five seasons organised during an eight-month period. Teams such as Copenhagen Flames, Entropiq and ENCE participated in the first year of the competition.
The tournament is organised by GAM3RS_X and Eden Esports. Eden Esports is perhaps most known for hosting Champions Cup, the Malta Vibes series of tournaments, as well as being a partner of the Champion of Champions Tour series. GAM3RS_X’s partnership resume includes BLAST, Starladder and PGL, all of which focus on esports broadcast.
The tournament will be divided into four stages: open qualification, play-in phase, group stage and playoffs. Every phase will feature sixteen teams, including invited and qualified teams. The open qualifiers will be open to all interested teams from Europe. The two best teams of every season will get invited to a bootcamp in Malta.
The two new seasons of the tournament will also see new partners. GamingMalta, Hellcase and GRID Esports has been brought on board for the new seasons. GamingMalta is a nonprofit organisation seeking to popularise esports in the Mediterranean country, while Hellcase and GRID are esports-focused companies.
GRID is known for providing gaming and esports data to PGL, Riot Games, BLAST Premier and other esports companies, while Hellcase is a known CS:GO case opening website.