31 August 2017
On October 23–29, an international EPICENTER esports tournament in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will be held in St. Petersburg
The fourth tournament in the EPICENTER series will have a $500,000 prize pool.
St. Petersburg is to hold its first event from the EPICENTER series of high-profile esports tournaments. For those living in or visiting the northern metropolis, as well as for millions of electronic sports enthusiasts in the CIS, this tournament will be one of this year’s most important events.
The tournament’s play-off will be held at the Yubileyny Sports Palace on October 28–29. Spectators will be treated to a grand battle between the world’s best esports clubs, an impressive show, signing sessions by pro players, and souvenirs.
Two-stage open qualifiers will be held between September 2 and 10 in Europe, the CIS, America, and China. A closed qualifier stage will follow from September 11 to October 1. On October 23, qualifier winners will battle each other for two spots in the group stage.
Registration forms for the open qualifiers are available to teams from the CIS, Europe, and America at the following links:
Ten of the world’s best teams will take part in the tournaments. SK Gaming and Astralis have been the first to receive invitations. The rest of the invited teams will be announced after September 10. The prices and sales launch date for the tickets will be announced later.
The nationwide mobile carrier Yota will once again be title partner of the tournament. MediaMarkt, a European leader in consumer electronics retailing, will be an official partner of the event.
Yota was among the first Russian brand to actively support esports as it joined the EPICENTER project in 2016. Three EPICENTER: Moscow tournaments, in Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, have already been organized in partnership with the mobile carrier. The company’s products with a basis in mobile internet and Russia-wide access free of roaming fees, will allow all fans to watch the tournament from virtually anywhere in the country.
Epic Esports Events specializes in organizing international competitions, and was the organizer for the EPICENTER: Moscow Dota 2 tournament held in May 2016. The first EPICENTER: Moscow tournament was followed by over 24 million viewers worldwide.
At Europe’s leading EuBEA awards in 2016, the tournament got the prize for the best event in Europe in the Live Entertainment industry. A total of 1,000 applications for the awards had been entered in 21 nominations, with 114 events shortlisted.
The second EPICENTER: Moscow, Russia’s first world-class CS:GO tournament, received ample coverage in domestic as well as international media. The finals were broadcast on the nationwide Match TV channel, and gathered over 14 million online views.
ESforce Holding is one of the world’s largest eSports organizations, and the leader in electronic sports in Russia. ESforce is a holding company that integrates all key areas of the eSports business, from organizing international tournaments and professional content creation to publishing and advertising activities, as well as online retail sales of eSports-themed merchandise.
ESforce owns over 180 popular online resources with a combined audience of 15 million followers and 40 million annual unique visitors, which provide an 80-percent reach to eSports broadcast viewers in Russia and the CIS, as well as access to a significant share of relevant international audiences.