MLG have announced that they will be the next to host a $250,000 Valve-sponsored major at the Nationwide arena and MLG arena in Columbus, Ohio through March 29-April 3.
The first North American major has just been announced, which will be in MLG's hands for the first time, taking place in Columbus, Ohio.
Similarly to ESL One Cologne and ESL One Katowice this year, there will be two venues, as MLG arena will serve for the group stage and quarter-finals. The semi-finals and the grand final will be held at the 20,000-seater Nationwide Arena, a home to Columbus Blue Jackets from NHL.
A 20,000-seater Nationwide Arena will host the next major
That also means Katowice will not continue to be a host to majors as it has been in the last two years, since the IEM Season X World Championship is also scheduled for March 2016.
According to the announcement, there will also be an All-Stars match played on the final day of the event, although no further details were revealed on the matter.
MLG's Adam Apicella had this to say about the announcement:
"For our first CS:GO event we brought the competition to the Aspen X Games," Adam Apicella said in a statement.
"We wanted to bring the game back to North American fans in a big way, and hosting a Major in front of thousands of spectators at Nationwide Arena is an exciting way to do that."
If the format stays the same as we've seen in previous majors, the following teams have secured a place at MLG Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major Championsip: Columbus thanks to their playoffs finish at DH Open Cluj-Napoca:
If you'd like to attend the event in person, tickets will go on sale on December 3 on Ticketmaster.
Stay tuned to HLTV.org as we will keep you as up to date as possible with the news considering the first major to take place in North America.