DreamHack has announced that it has partnered with PGL and Valve to host the next CS:GO major in Cluj-Napoca, in late October.
After hosting two majors at its Winter events, DreamHack has announced another Valve-sponsored CS:GO tournament, this time to be held in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, from October 28 to November 1, in cooperation with PGL.
The venue selected for the event is the Polyvalent Hall, a state-of-the art multi-purpose indoor arena that opened last year and that can accommodate over 10,000 people.
Polyvalent Hall to host next CS:GO major
DreamHack Cluj will span a total of five days, the first of which will be played at a closed studio. After this, the tournament will be moved to the Polyvalent Hall for a four-day stage show that will be produced by DreamHack together with PGL.
"We’re thrilled to bring a CS:GO Major to DreamHack Cluj-Napoca, as we’ll have the chance to create a 4-day stage show in front of the amazing Romanian eSports fans, as well as attract fans worldwide," Tomas Lyckedal, DreamHack’s Business Development Director, said in a statement.
"Together with our partner PGL, we have the possibility to create the most unique media production, and ultimately the most memorable event in CS:GO ever."
Despite requests from the community for the majors' prize fund to be increased, the Romanian event will offer $250,000 in prize money - the exact same figure of the previous six majors.
Half of the 16 participants have been determined by their performances at the previous major, ESL One Cologne. The remaining spots will be filled through a qualifying process that will start with an online phase leading up to an offline event in Stockholm.
The previously-announced DreamHack Open Stockholm has been restructured to act as the offline qualifier for the major. This event will take place from September 22-26 at two different locations: the Monster Energy DreamHack Studios and the Annexet Stockholm Globe Arenas, where a live audience of 2,000 people will watch the decider matches.
The bottom eight teams from ESL One Cologne will comprise half of the participants for DreamHack Cluj's offline qualifier, which will see 16 sides split into four groups. Details about how the remaining eight spots will be filled will be revealed soon.
The team list for this qualifier currently looks as follows:
Below you can find the eight teams who have secured spots at DreamHack Cluj following their feats at ESL One Cologne:
The news is likely to spell trouble for ESWC as DreamHack Cluj falls on the exact same dates as the French company's Paris Games Week tournament, which will have $80,000 on offer.
Tickets to DreamHack Cluj are already on sale at esportshop.eu, with prices ranging from €5 (single day ticket) to €90 (VIP tickets).