IEM Katowice with $250,000+ pool

IEM Katowice 2016 will have over $250,000 on offer for Counter-Strike teams, ESL's Vice-president for Pro Gaming Michal Blicharz has revealed.

The tenth Intel Extreme Masters season will come to a close with a big event in Katowice, Poland, in early 2016 that will give away over $450,000 across all tournaments.

A minimum of $250,000 has been guaranteed for the CS:GO competition alone, but the figure will increase even further as ESL will turn to crowdfunding, Blicharz revealed on Twitter.

This is likely to generate one of the largest prize pools in Counter-Strike history but it also could mean that ESL will host the tournament in Katowice without the support from Valve.

Last month, DreamHack director Tomas Lyckedal revealed that the company hoped to bring a CS:GO major to Stockholm during the first half of 2016 but added that Valve has so far remained silent on its event plans for the year.

NOICE
2015-11-11 12:01
#107
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Poland bot_taz 
no volvo=no drop, no drop=150k viewers.
2015-11-11 13:11
#111
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Austria DR!FT 
no drop means no retards who just wait for drops and more skilled csgo fans who enjoys the game and dont care how many ppl watch the game. go get a job and buy yourself drops if u care about those.
2015-11-11 13:22
"more skilled csgo fans" thah made me laugh :D
2015-11-11 13:33
well he meant people who watch the game for the fun of it .. not just for drops
2015-11-11 14:35
No, he meant people with more csgo skill/knowledge than just random silver 23 year old kids who are there only for "OHMYGOOOOD FREE SKINS IMMA BE RICH"...and yes, we who enjoy watching good games as u said:)
2015-11-11 16:10
g l o b a l v i e w e r s
2015-11-11 15:37
+1
2015-11-11 19:45
+1
2015-11-12 01:54
#122
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Ecuador ARKZE 
well id love to have stickers of teams not souvernir cases.
2015-11-11 13:53
+1
2015-11-12 00:58
the scene will grow more with more viewers aka bots... this is a good thing bcuz it will be on top of every streaming website
2015-11-12 01:45
#247
shox | 
Canada dB- 
no retards why type !drop in chat thinking it's gonna make them have a souvenir case
2015-11-12 15:34
#153
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Sweden Donger89 
+1
2015-11-11 14:42
#154
Spain pi0 
+1 75% viewers are ppl 4 drops. no drops Csgo no more 150k viewers
2015-11-11 14:47
Considering some of the non major tournaments have had at least over 350,000 viewers, your statement is ridiculously incorrect.
2015-11-11 17:16
#218
hecker | 
World heck9r 
agreed
2015-11-11 19:00
no circle, no triangle, no rectangle, no star sticker please !
2015-11-11 14:09
wopw
2015-11-11 12:02
lmao amazon sponsor
2015-11-11 12:02
#4
gas | 
Portugal AllJews 
Nice
2015-11-11 12:02
YAY
2015-11-11 12:02
cool i guess
2015-11-11 12:02
HYPE
2015-11-11 12:02
#10
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Brazil uk0g 
:O
2015-11-11 12:02
#11
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Poland matblo 
noooooice
2015-11-11 12:02
#12
f0rest | 
Serbia dankooo 
ok
2015-11-11 12:03
NICE
2015-11-11 12:03
great
2015-11-11 12:03
#15
mason | 
World PRQN 
nice im hyped
2015-11-11 12:03
LOL
2015-11-11 12:04
#17
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Finland Emvi 
inb4 this is a part of their exclusivity plan ayyy
2015-11-11 12:04
NICE
2015-11-11 12:05
Hope it will be valvesponsored aswell
2015-11-11 12:05
MAJOR?
2015-11-11 12:05
no hablo englando?
2015-11-11 21:46
Wouldn't be surprised if they get 1/3 of the viewers cause no drops :D
2015-11-11 12:05
#46
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Germany P3tR 
Thats exactly whats gonna happen
2015-11-11 12:16
Esl dubai rip
2015-11-11 13:07
well yeah but it was organised like shit so you can't blame it all on the drops
2015-11-11 13:24
#23
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Europe g_G 
It's gonna be a major?
2015-11-11 12:05
#24
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Switzerland coolstorybro 
I'm Katowice hype
2015-11-11 12:06
FUCKING nice ,it will be the best major of cs
2015-11-11 12:06
if its not valve sponsored it won't be a major tho;(
2015-11-11 12:18
fuck off with that logic.. you have the best teams, extremely good production quality, big prize money and you won't call this a major? Fucking volvo-skin-whore dipshit.
2015-11-11 12:27
would you call dubai major? im just asking...im not saying that you are wrong in that comment at all but you cant call every tournament with high prize money a major either
2015-11-11 12:28
The thing is, no one called dubai a major. This IEM tourney is in a whole other ball game.
2015-11-11 12:33
noone? we both know that it isnt true at all.pretty big part of community on hltv called it major,just like esl esea pro league... but my point wanst how many people considered these tournaments as a majors.my point is where would be the line what major is and what major isnt in general
2015-11-11 12:36
That's the point. We don't really have any standard or definition for a MAJOR tournament. How is Cologne a major for example with the same prize money same teams same production quality, yet Katowice isn't. Because Valve isn't one of the sponsors? That's just really silly to even think about, how one sponsor can determine whether the tournament is a major or not. I'm just really pissed off when people say it is not a major if valve isn't sponsoring it. Back in 1.6 a major was a tournament consisting of top seeded teams fighting for the top1 spot for the year.
2015-11-11 12:45
yes i agree with everything what you just wrote but back to my first question.do you consider dubai as a major? (i dont) btw valve isnt only a sponsor,he is also the owner so its rly questionable
2015-11-11 12:48
#100
Snax | 
Other c.dallas 
Tbh it should be, what is the difference? Crowd wise even an arab country had way more crowd than the recent cluj But I guess the difference is the stickers, drops and such
2015-11-11 13:07
i dont collect skins so i actually couldnt care less about drops but for majority its important.same goes for stickers. but for me the biggest reason is that cluj was an invitational tournament.that format is,atleast for me,unacceptable for major tournaments.there should be qualifications all over the world for every team out there which want to participate in it.there should be diversity in teams composition and not just invite lets say top8 teams in the world.in current state of the scene,there would be only EU teams.this is the main reason for me why dubai wasnt even close to major(my personal opinion ofc)
2015-11-11 13:11
You misplaced Dubai with Cluj
2015-11-11 14:58
yea sorry,my bad.ofc that i did mean dubai.jesus i did the same thing in post 109:D thanks
2015-11-11 15:11
I didnt have time to watch that tournament so don't know who played, production quality and that kind of stuff. Valve was the owner of 1.6 too so that shouldn't really matter that much imo. I guess everyone has different idea of what should a major look like, and i feel like we need a general standard or definition like I said earlier.
2015-11-11 13:09
yea agree with you...but if you want to know my opinion about cluj,just read #108.that tournament was great for me as a spectator,no doubt about that but...well just read that post if you want:)
2015-11-11 13:13
*edit i did mean dubai ofc,not cluj:)
2015-11-11 15:11
#124
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Poland sajlent 
close to major but still it wasn't Only 8 teams attended ESL Dubai - yes it was packed so hard with current top8 in the world but still only 8 teams. I'm sure for the players it was a huge tournament but not a major "major".
2015-11-11 14:00
yes that was exactly my point.i dont think that dubai was major just like you but where would be the line and who should decide which tournament major is and which isnt...
2015-11-11 14:02
But without valve the teams will still get less money in the end.
2015-11-11 12:47
Without pgl camera man = without me
2015-11-11 12:58
Cologne was without Valve support and it was still one of the best Majors.
2015-11-11 14:39
Both Cologne tournaments were supported by Valve.
2015-11-11 19:32
Valve only was there to support and add stickers. Moneywise prize was from ESL.
2015-11-11 22:09
it's*
2015-11-11 12:29
#123
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Poland sajlent 
why not? because there won't be stupid pickem challenge, stickers, drops and other silly things? if it will have same 8 teams from Cluj-Napoca - it will be a major, at least for the players :)
2015-11-11 13:55
same story as Cologne. Firstly Cologne 2015 org said that Cologne will have 250.000 e without valve support. I hope valve will add 250k + stickers
2015-11-11 12:07
#27
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Europe Dan Zero 
Finally over 250k
2015-11-11 12:08
#34
Australia BCP 
no, its 250k for csgo again and another 200k for other games at the event i think
2015-11-11 12:10
A minimum of $250,000 has been guaranteed for the CS:GO competition alone, but the figure will increase even further as ESL will turn to crowdfunding
2015-11-11 12:11
#70
Australia BCP 
o i c ty
2015-11-11 12:34
#40
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Europe Dan Zero 
Nope 250k is start money and crowdfunding will add to it
2015-11-11 12:12
#72
Australia BCP 
ty for explaining, i misunderstood what they said
2015-11-11 12:34
#28
EAZY | 
Czech Republic baylife 
n1
2015-11-11 12:08
Must be major because it's last iem in the seasson.
2015-11-11 12:09
#125
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Poland sajlent 
last? why is that?
2015-11-11 14:01
Last in "season" 2k15/ 2k16
2015-11-11 20:53
Good job!
2015-11-11 12:10
#32
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Taiwan SCVready 
FUCKIN HYPE!!!
2015-11-11 12:10
So, it will be the first tournament with a prizepool higher than 250.000$. Still not a major, kids?
2015-11-11 12:10
#44
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Germany fakeflaggot 
Will probably become a major do 500k minimum + crowdfunding
2015-11-11 12:15
Cologne 2015 story was the same
2015-11-11 12:16
majors arent only about how big prize many is(just saying)
2015-11-11 12:27
i agree, they're also about many fake viewers begging for drops ESL ESEA gives away 500.000$ during seasons, still no major?
2015-11-11 12:35
you probably missunderstood my point a little bit.i have nothing against non-valve sponsored majors but there are,atleast for me,other criterias for majors,not only how big prize money is.as simple as that... for example dubai wasnt major for me,not even close to it even tho that it had big prize money and i enjoyed that tournaments as a spectator
2015-11-11 12:38
Dubai wasnt major and nobody is saying that was. It was invitational. Definition of major is strange because for example it requires 16 teams and lets be clear: always world's top8 reach playoffs anyway. Rest of teams just fill others torunaments spots. Personally i prefered format like dubai where only top teams attend and it makes torunament more interesting and exiting to watch. I prefer watch VP vs TSM than TSM vs F3 or even worse team.
2015-11-11 15:41
a lot of people claimed that both dubaj and esl esea pro league were majors man.i do remember these fights and how many topics were about it. and do you rly want to claim after cluj,that "always world's top8 reach playoffs anyway"? what about g2 and their performance? lg? or c9 and their 3 tournaments streak? majors just shouldnt be invitational.i dont see single reason for it.why other teams shouldnt have a chance to participate there? makes no sense at all.its actually one of the criteria for me aswell,teams diversity.
2015-11-11 15:49
That's a league and not a tournament
2015-11-11 12:55
nice
2015-11-11 12:11
#37
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Georgia Fatal Fighter 
#hype
2015-11-11 12:12
Where does it say that funding will be for CS:GO? 250k for cs again and 200k for other shits.
2015-11-11 12:12
#127
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Poland sajlent 
A minimum of $250,000 has been guaranteed for the CS:GO competition alone, but the figure will increase even further as ESL will turn to crowdfunding
2015-11-11 14:02
And? Read again this tweet and tell me where did he say that cs will be crowdfunded.
2015-11-11 14:57
ur mum
2015-11-11 17:51
nt dad
2015-11-11 17:57
nt uncle
2015-11-12 20:01
next up: iBuyPower ban lifted, Skadoodle leaves Cloud9 to rejoin is previous teammates to become future champions.
2015-11-11 12:13
too bad swag is in c9
2015-11-11 12:45
in all seriousness swag was my favourite player of the 5. so young and has so much talent, its a shame he got caught up in the mess. so much potential.
2015-11-11 12:50
got caught up in that mess? so tired of reading that kinda shit it's his own fault he threw.
2015-11-11 15:46
He got caught up in the greed. Thats what i meant.
2015-11-12 02:28
oh, that makes more sense :)
2015-11-12 08:13
HYPE HYPE
2015-11-11 12:13
Now give 32 team event dobbel eleminaten bracket bo3 and bo1 and several streams/ gotv
2015-11-11 12:15
why not 64 team event
2015-11-11 12:31
#115
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Pakistan Caked_u9 
128 should be the minimum amount of team. inb4 there aren't even that many teams. Kappa
2015-11-11 13:32
cuz i find it realy unrealistic sadly in GO
2015-11-11 15:34
The hype train will arrive shortly, please step away from the line as the train approaches. Katwoice has always been the best.
2015-11-11 12:15
always love it when Katwoice is near
2015-11-11 12:54
HYPE IS REAL HOPE VALVE JOIN WITH MORE 250K TO MAKE THIS MAJOR
2015-11-11 12:17
#50
United Kingdom Dird 
$1m+ csgo prizes inc
2015-11-11 12:19
Yeah better prizepool !! now we need a good format VOLVO AND ESL PLEASE
2015-11-11 12:25
#58
Barcode | 
Sweden mlns 
major in france when?
2015-11-11 12:28
Finally
2015-11-11 12:29
not a major it's not valve's sponsor
2015-11-11 12:29
yet, cologne 2k15 flashback, same story
2015-11-11 12:33
so the major tournaments its only if valve sponsors? THAT LOGIC LOL
2015-11-11 17:58
#63
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
want more than 250k pay for it, lel, wow so nice from esl
2015-11-11 12:29
Yus
2015-11-11 12:32
Nice
2015-11-11 12:32
gl
2015-11-11 12:33
NICEE!!!!
2015-11-11 12:34
valve won't add anything, like last time, they don't give a fuck.
2015-11-11 12:34
#75
NiKo | 
Poland Jaruzel 
volvo, plz +250k
2015-11-11 12:36
#77
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Poland kingWZRD 
no volvo support equals no sticker or am i trippin?
2015-11-11 12:37
yes, but probably valve will join soon
2015-11-11 12:42
#82
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Poland kingWZRD 
i hope so ;d
2015-11-11 12:43
nice stickers plz
2015-11-11 12:38
No Valve = no stickers, no drops, no signatures, no Pick'Em.
2015-11-11 19:35
#87
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Poland trancemeister 
n1ce kurwa!
2015-11-11 12:49
#89
Poland tfg 
cu in katowice once again ~_^
2015-11-11 12:51
#105
Snax | 
Other c.dallas 
Lucky af ;_;
2015-11-11 13:10
#113
Poland tfg 
you are right at some point, but still, being there surrounded by VP retarded fans is not something cool :P
2015-11-11 13:28
Or izak fans xDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2015-11-11 13:48
#130
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Poland sajlent 
so your friends, family and others are retarded VP/izak fans? that's not cool m8 or maybe you live on hltv?
2015-11-11 14:06
#141
Poland tfg 
no, but there are few of my friends and tons of vp fanbitches
2015-11-11 14:23
#142
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Poland sajlent 
well, I'm not in school anymore so I don't have to deal with such element xD
2015-11-11 14:24
#200
Poland tfg 
I am talking about spodek during IEM Katowice, and not about my life lol
2015-11-11 17:46
Ouuuu Yes baby! Katowice 4ever!!!
2015-11-11 12:53
omg
2015-11-11 12:58
#95
NBK- | 
Czech Republic THE_WILLY 
Prague > Katowice
2015-11-11 13:02
Another dead ass event.
2015-11-11 13:02
valve is shit. PLEASE LEARN WITH RIOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2015-11-11 13:03
katowice best
2015-11-11 13:06
ESL>dreamhack for sure valve don't screw it up pls
2015-11-11 13:07
#106
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Lithuania karkeris 
maybe good but no drops so its gona be like 1/4 or maybe 1/5 viewers
2015-11-11 13:10
GJ
2015-11-11 13:15
Too bad not a major
2015-11-11 13:29
Well how would you determine what is a major? By the prize pool? Or by Vulva being in? Of course it is a major if they have the biggest prize pool ever.
2015-11-11 13:43
#131
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Poland sajlent 
because no drops and stupid pickem challenge? :<
2015-11-11 14:07
So for example FIFA Confederations Cup, with best teams in the world > FIFA World Cup? Kek, major = tournament with huge qual + at least 16 teams and yes with hype elements like stickers or drops.
2015-11-11 16:46
#197
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Poland sajlent 
yyy? what? I don't follow your logic lmao ESL Katowice 16 will have 16 teams like previous IEM in 2015. So, you have the best 8 from Cluj-Napoca, 8 teams from qualifications, more than $250k but without volvo support. who cares about stickers and drops?
2015-11-11 17:33
but u said that Dubai was a major dude, major need 16 teams with huge quals
2015-11-11 22:15
#232
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Poland sajlent 
where? pls quote me m8
2015-11-12 00:13
My penis has been waiting for this!
2015-11-11 13:33
valve always silent
2015-11-11 13:43
yay ! iem katowice with 50+ cheaters then :'D
2015-11-11 14:14
first romania than poland ...
2015-11-11 14:19
#167
s1mple | 
Turkey Hemta1 
Katowice 2014 - 2015
2015-11-11 15:40
zehcro bren azcepted from keabeea muslm.
2015-11-11 15:42
#188
s1mple | 
Turkey Hemta1 
At least im not afraid of showing my flag
2015-11-11 16:56
Would be better if valve made a katowice case worth 3$ that you can buy and directly open, and the case would contain a couple of cool skins. If all the money would go towards the prize pool you can get up to 5 million for sure.
2015-11-11 14:21
Valve doesn't care about CSGO
2015-11-11 14:39
Valve without Katowice is just shit, they will lose a lot of money ;)
2015-11-11 14:25
Valve can't pass this, they will support it just like Cologne. 500K prizepool?!
2015-11-11 14:29
time for Virtus Pro
2015-11-11 14:32
#158
NEO | 
Poland differ 
nicee
2015-11-11 15:09
20 km from my city, gonna be there <3
2015-11-11 15:27
nice to know cuz then imma stay home
2015-11-11 15:35
Inb4 volvo just noticed they could do some compendium shit for IEM Katowice and it broke 20 mil because more donation = more skins
2015-11-11 15:45
the 8th major with only $250 000 ... time to rise mb?
2015-11-11 15:49
#177
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Poland sajlent 
I am starting to think that it's some kind of a tradition xD when does it say that a major has to have 250k? it can be bigger :D
2015-11-11 16:00
+1 and need more drops XD !
2015-11-11 17:35
yes it can! mb they r greedy? xD
2015-11-11 16:03
IBP to win
2015-11-11 16:05
Too bad there will be no Thorin because ESL suck massive cock
2015-11-11 16:06
who cares about this ginger ?? lol
2015-11-11 17:13
#215
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Poland Redrumowy 
If he wasn't assburger insulting everyone for heheleletrolbanter then he would be in ESL events.
2015-11-11 18:37
He could be in esl events but he doesn't want to because ESL is a terrible company
2015-11-12 07:26
#245
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Poland Redrumowy 
sure m8, he probably cries to this day that he was kicked
2015-11-12 11:25
Sticker with team logo only pls, ty.
2015-11-11 16:37
simle win :) no drop no fun only beting :)
2015-11-11 17:00
#193
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Bulgaria b0xeR4et0 
250k so low katowice...
2015-11-11 17:20
unexpected prizepool
2015-11-11 17:27
Noice
2015-11-11 17:46
young money cash money
2015-11-11 18:01
katowice is good
2015-11-11 18:25
#212
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Afghanistan patrickS 
hype
2015-11-11 18:35
#214
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Finland fr0zeNid 
hype
2015-11-11 18:37
#216
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Poland Redrumowy 
"but it also could mean that ESL will host the tournament in Katowice without the support from Valve." Great, make more majors in Romania or other cs unrelated countries.
2015-11-11 18:39
I told you no major. gg
2015-11-11 19:35
gg third worlders lol inb4 all polka hate
2015-11-11 19:39
#226
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Lithuania TaigoN 
Very nice, but fuck esl
2015-11-11 20:49
#231
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United Kingdom NoelG 
You guys do realise that just because valve have not confirmed they are sponsoring it less than 24 hours after it has been announced does not mean it won't end up being sponsored and a major, they will either sponsor this or this DH event, it will probably come down to largest prize pool tbh, so either they will sponsor this or we get a super good, big prize pool DH Major
2015-11-11 22:30
#239
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Estonia swag420weed 
so both orgs are sucking volvo cock at the moment to get valve
2015-11-12 03:00
#243
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United Kingdom NoelG 
yeh probably lol
2015-11-12 10:26
Hype boys
2015-11-12 00:59
no major anyway. no hype
2015-11-12 02:01
Cuz no stickers? Kappa IMO last major was bad. I think IEM will be better than cluj.
2015-11-12 20:22
best event incoming boizzzz
2015-11-12 10:31
If they do not do the crowd funding in collaboration with Valve it won't work too well. People would just be donating money for pretty much nothing. Of course some people still will donate and the price pool will go up but if the players were given some item by Valve (like in Dota) when they fund the pool, many many more people would participate in the funding. I hope they will work with Valve and make some item which you can buy and a percentage of that item's price will go to the price pool. If not, rip drops, rip funding items, rip viewers. Just another tournament with 200k views during the grand final. The only twist would be that the tournament would have a bit bigger price pool this time.
2015-11-12 11:56
nice
2015-11-13 20:06
#252
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Russia Reph 
we believe
2016-01-15 16:58
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