In an unusually quiet announcement, Valve has announced that the studio will provide a prize pool of US$1 million to all CS:GO majors. Previously, the purse was set at US$250,000, making this a pretty serious step up.
Last year, CS:GO was the second-most watched game on Twitch (after League of Legends), and boasted the second-highest concurrent player count on Steam (after Dota 2), so gamers are definitely still spending plenty of time with the game, with plenty hopping over to the eSports side of things.
The publisher explains that the CS:GO Major Championships, which started back in 2013, were designed as a “rallying point” for the community. It was hoped the tournaments would draw new audiences and “amplify the value” of all events – and it looks like that’s worked, with three Majors held in both 2014 and 2015.
“Professional CS:GO has grown, and the CS:GO Major Championships are about to grow with it,” says the announcement, before revealing the killer prize pool will be awarded at MLG Columbus, which kicks off on March 29.
It’s a significant gesture from the publisher, which hopes to encourage more potential eSports teams to take up CS:GO, in an increasingly-crowded FPS market.