Shaoxing to host Eastide 2018, with $225,000 prize pool
The Chinese city of Shaoxing will host an international CS:GO tournament in the summer with $225,000 on the line, the event's organisers have told HLTV.org.
Running from August 15-19 at an indoor arena inside the Shaoxing Olympic Sports Center, in the Chinese province of Zhejiang, Eastide 2018 will feature eight teams, who will battle it out in a double-elimination bracket that will culminate with a best-of-five grand final.
HLTV.org knows that this will be the first of a series of international events that are being planned by Chinese company Zhejiang Rui Yue Cultural Exchange Co.,Ltd. together with South-Korea based Eastide Company with the goal of bringing "new cultural experiences" by combining esports with other forms of entertainment.
Five of the eight tournament spots will be filled through invites, which will mainly be given out to European and North American teams. Three more teams will come from closed qualifiers, with Europe having two qualifying spots and Asia just one.
More details about Eastide 2018, including prize money breakdown, the first invites and the closed qualifier teams, are expected to be revealed in the coming weeks.