ESWC 2016 with $75,000 prize pool
ESWC 2016's mixed Counter-Strike tournament will have $75,000 on offer, the event's organisers have announced.
This means that the prize purse has been kept the same when compared to last year's Montreal event, which saw Natus Vincere take home the title after beating Cloud9 in the grand final.
Thirty-two teams from all over the world will compete in ESWC 2016's mixed Counter-Strike tournament, taking place from October 27-31 as part of the Paris Games Week video game trade fair.
ESWC will once again pay out $75,000
Participating teams will be determined either by wildcard invites or through qualifiers, held nationally and regionally. South Africa, Bulgaria, Portugal, France and Iran are the first countries with national qualifiers confirmed, with more due to be revealed shortly.
Below you can find information about the first regional qualifiers announced by ESWC, which will be hosted by CEVO:
- Western Europe - Registration link
Countries authorized: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Malta, San Marino, Andorra, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Italy
- East & South Europe - Registration link
Countries authorized: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Kosovo, Northern Cyprus, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Turkey
- Scandinavia - Registration link
Countries authorized: Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Island, Faroe Islands
In order to participate in these qualifiers, teams need to have a majority of players from the region or country where the tournaments are held.
Teams can apply for a wildcard invite to ESWC by registering here. According to the event's organisers, invitees will be selected based on "achievements and motivation".
Bravado Gaming are the first team confirmed for ESWC's mixed tournament after winning the South African qualifier, which took place last month in Cape Town.