Challengermode partners with PGL for first-ever Counter-Strike 2 major qualifiers

07 December 2023


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Online tournament platform Challengermode has been named the exclusive platform partner for the inaugural Counter-Strike 2 Major in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The partnership will see all Open Qualifiers, Regional Major Rankings (RMR) and the Copenhagen event organised through the Challengermode platform.

Teams will now be able to register for the various open qualifiers on the Challengermode platform, which will begin in early January 2024.

The esports tournament platform has been expanding its partnership portfolio once again, after the latest collaboration with the International Esports Federation (IESF) which saw Challengermode become the exclusive partner for the 2023 Esports World Championship.

At the start of 2023, the company worked with BLAST to host the European and Oceanic RMR Qualifiers leading up to the CS:GO Major in Paris.

“As a vital infrastructure provider within the esports ecosystem, Challengermode is fully committed and confident in our role,” said Robel Efrem, CEO at Challengermode.

“Our collaboration with PGL is a strong affirmation of the robustness and scalability of our technology. It’s more than just hosting a Counter-Strike 2 Major; it’s about equipping the esports community with the tools to craft unforgettable stories and create lasting memories for everyone involved.”

The partnership announcement comes shortly after PGL revealed the three official locations of the RMRs, which will be respectively Bucharest (Romania) for Europe, Shanghai (China) for Asia, and Monterrey (Mexico) for Americas. The tournaments will take place online without a live audience.

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The top teams of the RMRs will then get a spot at the PGL CS2 Copenhagen Major, which will take place in the Danish capital at the Royal Arena from March 17th to 31st. A total of 24 teams will compete for a prize pool of $1.25m (~£992.900).

With Counter-Strike 2 officially replacing CS:GO in Valve-sponsored esports tournaments in 2024, the new game will be put to the test to beat its predecessor. The most popular CS:GO tournament of all time was the PGL Major Stockholm 2021, which reached a peak audience of 2.75m, according to Esports Charts.

Davide Xu