ESWC Montreal with $75,000
The Electronic Sports World Cup (ESWC) has announced that the upcoming event will give away $75,000 in cash prizes.
At the end of March, ESWC announced the first details about this year's world finals, scheduled to take place from July 9-12 in Montreal, Canada, as part of the Mondial des Jeux Loto Québec and Just for Laughs Festival.
Sixteen teams from around the globe will be competing in the male CS:GO tournament, which will have $75,000 up for grabs. An identical figure will be distributed among the participating teams in the form of travel support, bringing the total purse to $150,000.
ESWC Montreal will feature 16 teams
fnatic, last year's champion, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Team SoloMid and EnVyUs have received invitations to attend the event. Eight teams will be determined by qualifiers held in Europe, China, South Africa and North America, while the remaining four participants will be selected by ESWC after reviewing applications from teams all over the world.
Below you can find the teams confirmed so far for the event:
Fnatic - Defending champions
NiP - Invited
Team SoloMid - Invited
EnVyUs - Invited
The qualifying and the application process for ESWC Montreal is the following:
Asia / Oceania
Teams wishing to apply for one of these four places simply need to fill out the correct application form.
ESWC Montreal will be the second Counter-Strike championship hosted by the French company in North America, where it also organised an event in 2008. PGS.MYM, featuring Virtus.pro duo Filip "NEO" Kubski and Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas and team coach Jakub "kuben" Gurczynski, came out on top of the tournament after beating South Korean side eSTRO in the grand final.
fnatic won the 2014 edition of the ESWC world finals after beating LDLC in the grand final, this way taking home the big prize of $20,000.