This weekend The Group, ESPC and GameBase.fi are hosting the first ESPC Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament together in Helsinki on Saturday.
ESPC has previously hosted many Call of Duty tournaments in Helsinki, with the organizers now moving to CS:GO with their first event at Pelitalo with a prize purse of 1,300€.
The tournament will start with two simultaneous groups consisting of four teams, followed up by a single elimination best-of-three bracket for the top two teams in each group.
While Curse will not be in attendance a total of eight other Finnish teams including FR34KSHOW, with Curse's Timo "reflex" Rintala as a stand-in, as well as Slaava "Twista" Räsänen's new Eternity Gaming squad will compete for the first place prize of 700€.
Teams will be allowed to setup at 10:00 on Saturday, followed up by both groups being played with matches starting at 11:00, 12:15 and 13:30.
The semi-finals will kick-off at 16:00 after a lunch break for the teams, followed up by the third place decider and the grand final taking place at 19:00.
Following teams will compete at ESPC #1:
On top of the 1,300€ prize purse, which will be shared among the top three teams as follows, hardware prizes will be given out and the MVP will receive a so far unknown prize.
ESPC #1 prize distribution:
The official stream, which will feature Juha "aNGeldusT" Kurppa as a commentator, will show on our front page under ESPC. HLTV.org will cover the event with hot matches and by hosting GOTV for the matches that aren't streamed.