Art Contest & Regional Minor: Asia

We are happy to announce the first CS:GO contest with the Polycount video game art community! Contestants will create new finishes for various weapons that our art team will judge. Winners will have their finishes added to an upcoming CS:GO weapon case.

We have shipped over 90 weapon finishes made by the CS:GO community with each finish earning over $40,000 on average.

To get involved head over to the Polycount website and read the contest rules.
We’re excited to see the designs the Polycount community creates.

Regional Minor Championship: Asia

CS:GO’s Regional Minor Championships are underway, and we’ve already added two teams from the CIS region to our LAN Qualifier roster. Congratulations to Empire and Fluffy Gangsters!

Now our attention turns to Seoul, where eight teams will battle for their chance at qualifying for CS:GO’s next Major and the lion’s share of a $50,000 prize pool. Join us this week for the PGL KeSPA Regional Minor Championship Asia.

The event begins May 5th, with the playoffs taking place on the 7th and 8th, streamed live on Twitch and in-client for CS:GO players in the region. The playoff broadcast begins at 18:00 KST (Korea Standard Time, UTC +9) so don’t miss it!


Today’s update introduces the all-new Chroma 3 Case, featuring a series of community designed weapon finishes, as well as a chance at a rare knife with one of the six finishes featured in the original Chroma Case.

Regional Minor Championship: CIS Region

The CS:GO Regional Minor Championships are set to begin this week, starting with the CIS region.

The event starts Thursday, April 28th at 10:00 CEST, with the playoffs beginning Saturday, April 30th at 12:45 CEST.

If you’re in the CIS region, you’ll be able to view the playoffs in-client. Otherwise, head to the StarLadder Twitch channel and check it out!

Nuclear Option

Today, we’re reintroducing Nuke to the Active Duty map group, and moving Inferno to the reserves.

Nuke will be featured as one of the seven maps played at the CS:GO Major Championship at ESL One Cologne 2016. So queue up, put it through its paces, and send us your feedback!

ESL One Cologne 2016

CS:GO’s Next Major

Today we’re excited to announce that the next CS:GO Major Championship will take place in July at ESL One Cologne, with playoff matches held in the LANXESS Arena.

Taking place July 5 – 10 in Cologne, Germany, the next CS:GO Major Championship will feature the top eight teams (Legends) from MLG Columbus 2016, who will compete against eight Challengers decided by a LAN qualifier. The qualifier will include the eight teams eliminated in the group stage of MLG Columbus 2016, as well as eight teams identified through Regional Minor Championships.

Legends and Challengers will battle for the title of CS:GO Major Champion, as well as the lion’s share of a $1,000,000 prize pool. The entire event will be streamed live via continuous coverage by ESL, with all matches featured on the official stream.

For more information about ESL One Cologne, please visit:

Minor Adjustment

For the upcoming Regional Minor Championships, we’re raising the stakes while making some adjustments to format: the winner of the Regional Minor Championship will take home the largest portion of the $50,000 prize pool, and both finalists (identified via double-elimination playoff) will be invited to the Major’s offline qualifier.

To accommodate a wider range of teams, players are now allowed to participate if they played in the most recent Major, provided their team does not consist of three or more players who played together in that event (such teams would already be directly invited to the qualifier or Major).

Regional Minor Championships are set to begin in May:

Europe Region – Hosted by DreamHack
CIS Region – Hosted by StarLadder
Asia Region – Hosted by PGL
Americas Region – TBD

MLG Columbus: Winners

Congratulations to Luminosity Gaming on winning the The 2016 MLG CS:GO Championship! They take home $500,000 of the $1,000,000 prize pool.

Luminosity Gaming won the best of three against Navi, winning in overtime on Mirage and then overwhelming Navi on Overpass. If you missed any of the matches or want to watch the highlights, you can download all the games from the MLG 2016 tab in the WATCH menu.

We’d like to thank all the teams, everyone at MLG, and most of all the Counter-Strike community for making this tournament possible.