DreamHack CS:GO Championship

CS:GO MAJOR TOURNEY AT DREAMHACK WINTER 2014

Marks Fourth Consecutive $250K CS:GO Major

October 3, 2014 — Valve today announced a $250,000 prize pool for the DreamHack CS:GO Championship at DreamHack Winter 2014.

Taking place in Jönköping, Sweden from November 27-29, the upcoming Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament will feature eight quarter-finalists from ESL One Cologne 2014. They will be joined by eight teams to be decided by regional qualifiers. All the action from the Finals will be streamed live via continuous high-quality coverage provided by DreamHack.

For the first time, the DreamHack CS:GO Championship will feature a special boot camp – all teams are invited to Stockholm to train before the tournament, with support for accommodations provided by DreamHack and Valve.

The upcoming event will be the fourth $250,000 CS:GO Major tournament, pushing the total prize pool to $1 million awarded since last year’s  DreamHack SteelSeries CS:GO Championship.

In addition, the past season of Major tournaments generated record-breaking viewing audiences, with 3 million unique viewers “tuning in” for the last Major tournament, ESL One Cologne held in August of this year. Also in the past year, CS:GO’s player numbers for have grown by more than 250%, and content contributors have grossed more than $3.5 million dollars selling their items and maps for the game.

Valve is the creator of game technologies (Source, Steam) and numerous best-selling game franchises (Counter-Strike, Dota 2, Half-Life, Portal, and Team Fortress).

Hosted in Jönköping, Sweden, DreamHack is to date the world’s largest digital festival, and holds the official world record as the world’s largest LAN party in the Guinness Book of Records.

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For more information about DreamHack Winter 2014, please visit  http://www.dreamhack.se/dhw14/

Operation Breakout comes to a close.

It’s the end of Operation Breakout, CS:GO’s most successful operation so far. Combined, CS:GO players spent over ten million hours playing the operation maps.

There were clear favorites with Insertion leading the pack in daily Competitive playtime, taking in over 21% of Competitive Operation map playtime (with Overgrown and BlackGold in second and third).

We also released an update today and you can read release notes here.

For those of you who have been looking for an Operation Breakout weapon case, good news: starting today the Operation Breakout cases will be dropping for all CS:GO players.

Operation Breakout ends October 2nd

Hey Operation Breakout fans! We’re entering the final days of the operation, which runs until October 2nd.

Until then, you still have a chance to play all of the great Operation maps on official Valve servers. You’ll have until the end of the operation to complete your missions, upgrade your Challenge Coin, and add stats to your Operation Journal.

Jump into a match and play these Operation maps while you still can!

Fragbite Masters Season 3

The third season of Fragbite Masters is coming up, and this season will include a CS:GO event featuring 16 top CS:GO teams. The event runs from September 22nd until November 9th, so CS:GO fans can expect over a month of action.

Twelve teams have been invited, and the remaining four will be decided through qualifying events that begin Monday, September 22nd at 19:00 CET.

The entire event will feature 22 days of CS:GO broadcasts, culminating in a LAN final on November 8th and 9th.

Check out Fragbite Masters Season 3, and watch some of the best CS:GO teams in action!

Happy Birthday, CS:GO!

CS:GO is another year older! This year the CS:GO community has been incredibly busy, producing everything from custom maps to weapon designs, and generating the largest tournament prize pools in Counter-Strike history.

Your support led to last week’s record-shattering ESL-One Cologne 2014 CS:GO Championship, where over 409,000 viewers tuned in to watch the grand finals, and millions of unique viewers stopped by throughout the event.

It’s time to party. Help us celebrate by grabbing some friends and getting in the game!