The earlier rumors have finally been confirmed, with the Berlin Major 2019 set to be hosted by StarLadder, in partnership with ImbaTV, at the legendary Mercedez-Benz Arena in Berlin, Germany, on September later this year.
StarLadder will host the finals of the Berlin Major 2019 at the Mercedez-Benz Arena on September 5 to September 2019. The venue previously hosted two notable esports events. First was the Grand Finals of the League of Legends World Championship back in 2015. The second is last year’s PUBG Global Invitational.
The Berlin Major 2019 marks the first time StarLadder will host a CS:GO Major. But, make no mistake, the Kiev-based organization are no strangers to hosting CS:GO tournaments. They have years of experience in the CS:GO scene. Case in point, their StarSeries & i-League tournament series is set to return for its 7th season with its highest prize pool yet, set at $500,00, in late March of this year.
Similar to previous CS:GO Majors, the Berlin Major 2019 will feature a $1 million prize pool.
With the announcement of the Berlin Major 2019, StarLadder becomes just the seventh company to host a CS:GO Major. The others are DreamHack, ESL, MLG, ELEAGUE, MLG, and FACEIT.
StarLadder Brings CS:GO Majors back to Germany
Alexander Chegrinez, head of Business Development at Starladder, had this to say after the announcement of the Berlin Major 2019:
“Our company was founded out of an immense passion for Counter-Strike. Our very first tournaments many years ago started with CS. This game was and remains as a critical part of who we are, we grew up with it, and couldn’t be more excited.
It is a great honor for us to host the 15th anniversary Major in such a stunning venue, and for such an incredible community! We will do our best to impress the fans and deliver a truly memorable Major!”
The Berlin Major 2019 will kick off with the Europe and Americas Minors from July 17 to July 21, followed by the CIS and Asia Minors on July 24 to July 28 and finally, the Minor Play-in on July 29. From there, we will see all of the qualified teams playing at the Challengers Stage (August 20-25), the Legends Stage (August 27 to September 1) and the Champions Stage (September 5-8), where we will bear witness to the conclusion of the fifteenth CS:GO Major in history.
StarLadder have yet to announce the venue for the Minors and Minor Play-in, as well as the Challengers Stage and the Legends Stage.
Are you excited for the Berlin Major 2019? Which teams do you think we will be seeing at the event later in September of this year? Will the current crop of contenders still be as strong by then? Or will we see a new set of contenders rise in the coming months? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.