Here we go! In cooperation with Acer and Intel, we proudly announce our first official steps into Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Our brand new CS:GO league will begin this month, featuring top teams from around the world fighting for a $40,000 prize pool. The league will consist of 12 teams who will compete online. The best eight teams will then make it to the offline final, which will take place in the brand new TaKeTV studio in Krefeld. There, they‘ll fight to become the very first champions of the Acer Predator Masters powered by Intel.
10 international teams will receive a direct invitation to the online stage. They will be joined by two teams who will secure their slot via online qualifiers.
These are the 10 invited teams who have already confirmed their participation:
Two more teams will be given the chance to qualify for the Acer Predator Masters powered by Intel. The online qualifier will be hosted by our partner, the Electronic Sports League (ESL), who will use Wire Anti-Cheat to make sure everything proceeds fairly. The online qualifier takes place on Friday, April 24th 2015.
The online stage begins on April 23rd 2015. Our league will feature 12 teams in a classic league format – each team plays each opponent once. Every league match will be a best of three (bo3). The top eight teams of the league secure themselves a slot for the offline LAN finals in Krefeld. The finals will be played in a double elimination bracket with best of three matches. The grand final will be a best of five. We will use the current Valve competitive map pool including de_train. Every team that makes it to the finals is automatically qualified for the next season. Current information and standings can be found on acer.TaKeTV.net.
TaKeTV will be casting every match in German. Games will be brought to you by the recently added casting duo David “CHEF-KOCH” Nagel and Fabian “fabE” Logemann on our Twitch channel. There will be additional streams in the following languages, provided by ESL: English, Russian, Polish, French, Finnish, Portuguese, Turkish and Swedish.
The culmination of the Acer Predator Masters powered by Intel will be the offline finals in Krefeld. The finals will take place from July 30th to August 2nd in the brand new TakeTV location in Krefeld. The top 8 teams will fight for the full amount of $40,000.