ESL, WESA, and Occitanie Region have announced the first major CS:GO event taking place in France, as the rumours of the Pro League Season 9 finals coming to the country were true, since they're taking place in Montpellier from June 21 to 23.
This will see the top 16 teams from Europe, Americas, and Asia-Pacific fight it out for the $750,000 USD prize pool at the Sud de France Arena, and there'll be other tournaments at the event as well as a convention area for fans. This competition is also part of the Intel Grand Slam, with a $1 million bonus prize is up for grabs for teams who reach the required number of competition wins.
"We are looking forward to bringing the CS:GO Pro League Finals to a completely new location", said Ulrich Schulze, Senior Vice President of Product at ESL. "The French community is known for its passion for esports and especially CS:GO, which comes as no surprise considering some of the top players are from France. With a brand new Pro League format featuring live studio matches and groups system we are breaking it down to some of the purest esports the community has ever seen."
"It's a first for France and consequently a real sense of pride for the Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée Region to have been chosen to host the Pro League Finals this June, at the 2nd edition of Occitanie Esports, an event co-created by ESL, Futurolan, Occitanie Events and supported by the Occitanie Region," added Carole Delga, President of the Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée Region. "The inaugural edition in 2018 attracted 7,000 participants to the Sud de France Arena and our region is once again preparing to host this major international tournament and become the venue of choice for gamers worldwide. In doing so, Occitanie is building on its status as a region for innovation and digital creation due to an increasingly capable and successful video gaming sector."
These tickets will be on sale tomorrow at 16:00 CET (15:00 GMT) and you can find them here. Day tickets cost 25€, while weekend tickets are 50€ and Premium tickets 100€.
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