Cologne 2014: Are you ready?

The stage is set and the players are ready. The ESL One Cologne 2014 CS:GO Championship is about to begin!

As a reminder, you’ll be eligible for exclusive souvenir packages when you watch the event on GOTV or on Twitch with a linked Steam account.

Planning to watch on GOTV? Live matches will be highlighted in CS:GO’s Watch menu throughout the event. Bring up the scoreboard and you’ll have a chance to enable a host of caster options, including caster voice, camera, and UI control.

The best teams in the world are about to fight for their share of the $250,000 prize pool. Don’t miss it!

Cologne 2014: Linking with Twitch

The ESL One Cologne 2014 CS:GO Championship is just days away, so make sure you link your twitch.tv and Steam accounts!

When you watch a match on GOTV, or on twitch with a linked account, you’ll have a chance to receive a souvenir package commemorating the event.

Each souvenir package contains a weapon from the collection of the map that was being played (e.g., a Dust 2 Collection weapon if the teams were playing on Dust II), with a pre-applied sticker from the two competing teams, along with a special ESL One Cologne 2014 event sticker.

Souvenir packages will also be the first chance for you to find weapons from the brand new Cache collection!

For you GOTV viewers, this event will introduce a host of new features to give you a great viewing experience. While watching the event, you’ll have total control over what you hear and see.

You can choose to listen to casters, or just the in-game audio. Pilot the camera yourself, or hand off control to the caster. You can even set whether you want the caster to control X-ray, graphs and the overview map!

Get your account linked with twitch, and make sure your Cologne 2014 Pick’em Challenge picks are ready to go before the event starts next week!

The Cologne 2014 Pick’Em Challenge!

Ready to support your favorite teams in the ESL One Cologne 2014 CS:GO Championship? You can start today – ESL One Cologne 2014 Legends and Challengers sticker capsules are available for a limited time!

A portion of the proceeds from sticker capsule sales go to the teams, and the stickers also serve a dual purpose: they’re game pieces for the all-new Cologne 2014 Pick’Em Challenge.

In the pick’em challenge, your goal is to score as many points as possible by correctly picking winning teams throughout the ESL One Cologne 2014 CS:GO Championship.

You can compare your score to your friends on the Pick’Em Friends Leaderboard. Score enough points and you’ll win a Pick’Em Challenge Trophy that you can show off on your CS:GO avatar and Steam profile.

To make a pick at any stage of the tournament, all you need is an unused sticker for the team you choose (available in ESL One Cologne 2014 Sticker capsules or from the Steam Community Market). A single sticker is sufficient to pick that team multiple times throughout the event.

We’re just getting started. Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the main event!

The Challengers are Ready!

The qualifiers have come to a close, and we now have a full roster for the ESL One Cologne 2014 CS:GO Championship! Click here to see the full list of participating teams.

Six top European teams qualify

The best European teams emerged from last weekend’s qualifiers. Newcomers London Conspiracy and dAT team are joined by Natus Vincere, Copenhagen Wolves, Titan and Epsilon (formerly Clan-Mystik). Congratulations to Titan and Epsilon for qualifying undefeated.

Wolf to represent India

Also joining us in Cologne: the winners of the Indian qualifier, Wolf. As a team, this will be Wolf’s first entry into a major CS:GO tournament.

With only two weeks until Cologne, these 16 teams will make their final preparations to fight for their share of the $250,000 prize pool. Follow the latest news, read interviews and more on the ESL One website.

The Road to Cologne: EU Qualifiers

The European Qualifier for the $250,000 ESL One Cologne 2014 CS:GO Championship is reaching its conclusion. Join us this weekend (July 26-27) as we complete the roster for Cologne.

The following teams will compete for a spot in ESL One Cologne, with the top six qualifying to attend the event:

– Titan
– Planetkey Dynamics
– mousesports
– SK Gaming
– Copenhagen Wolves
– London Conspiracy
– tomtebloss
– Epsilon eSports
– Natus Vincere
– USSR
– dAT team
– ESC ICY BOX
– encore
– MTW
– Reason Gaming
– k1ck eSports Club

Best of luck to all the teams participating in the European Qualifier Finals this weekend. Head over to the ESL One website for schedule and stream information.