Flashpoint 2 announced with $1 million prize pool
The showpiece tournament will return next month with online action and the broadcast talent working out of a studio in London.
B Site has announced the first details about Flashpoint 2, the second edition of its team-owned Counter-Strike tournament. The competition will be played online between November 9 and December 6, with 12 teams vying for the lion's share of a $1 million prize pool.
Flashpoint 2 will see the return of seven of the league's eight founding members, with FunPlus Phoenix omitted from the lineup as the organisation is focused on building a "promising, long-lasting roster" for 2021, according to general manager Petar "peca" Marković.
The partner teams will be joined by three invitees ranked in the top 20 and by two sides coming out of a qualifying system that will begin with two open brackets. Flashpoint 2 will be played online due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the on-air team, led by creative director Duncan "Thorin" Shields and commissioner Christopher "MonteCristo" Mykles, taking viewers through the action from B Site's studio in London.
"We’re dramatically improving the levels of both the competition and broadcast production for Flashpoint 2", MonteCristo said in a statement. "We’re eager to give our fans a raw and unfiltered CS:GO tournament series while still taking necessary precautions to keep players safe."
According to B Site, the tournament "will be limited to teams who are able to quarantine in Europe". With the lineup for Flashpoint 2 containing teams from two different regions, this suggests that B Site is one of the tournament organisers that have been working to bring North America-based squads over to Europe for the final months of the year.
Teams can sign up for the open qualifiers by clicking the links below:
The top four teams from each open bracket will earn spots in the closed qualifier, which will be held from October 12-14, joining eight invited sides in a double-elimination, best-of-three tournament.
The team list for Flashpoint 2 looks as follows: