ESL has announced that it will host a $50,000 tournament in Taipei, which will serve as the Asian regional minor competition.
On Wednesday, Valve announced that it will sponsor four regional CS:GO tournaments, called "minors", to give lesser known teams the chance to compete for big prizes and secure spots at the offline qualifier for the MLG Columbus major.
Following up PGL's announcement of the European minor, to be held in Bucharest from January 29-31, ESL has revealed that the Asian regional tournament will take place from January 29th to February 2 as part of the Taipei Game Show.
Asian regional minor to be held in Taipei
The tournament will feature eight teams from Southeast Asia and Australia, none of whom can feature members who attended the previous major championship , DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca.
"With Intel Extreme Masters, we've taken Counter-Strike competition to Chengdu, Seoul, Taipei, Shanghai and Guangzhou," said ESL Pro Gaming vice-president Michal Blicharz.
"We're no stranger to Asian and South Pacific teams and with Season 10 marking the comeback of Counter-Strike, there's no better way to honour where we came from than with a return to our Intel Extreme Masters Counter-Strike roots
"This is the kind of competition we started out with back in seasons two and three. Now, there's a lot of North American and European Counter-Strike available, but I'd like to see what these regional teams bring to the table in Taipei."
The event will mark the return of top-flight Counter-Strike to Taipei, which hosted a 1.6 tournament in 2010 during the Intel Extreme Masters Asian Championship. WeMade FOX won the title at the event after beating local side UMX 2-0 in the grand final.
*UPDATE* Contacted by HLTV.org, ESL's Michal Blicharz explained that only players who attended DreamHack Open-Cluj Napoca are ineligible for IEM Taipei and not players who competed at any of the majors, as stated in ESL's announcement.