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FRANCE TO DEBUT FIRST MAJOR ESL CS:GO TOURNAMENT: SEASON NINE PRO LEAGUE FINALS AT MONTPELLIER, OCCITANIE

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ESL and WESA have partnered with the Region of Occitanie to bring a major CS:GO tournament to France for the first time. The tournament will take place as a highlight of Occitanie Esports 2019, with the best teams from Europe, the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region fighting it out for a prize pool of $750,000 from June 21-23, 2019.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING:

Ulrich Schulze, Senior Vice President of Product at ESL:
“We are looking forward to bringing the CS:GO Pro League Finals to a completely new location. 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.”

Dr. Pietro Fringuelli, Commissioner of WESA:
“WESA is excited by the positive development of the CS:GO Pro League and is looking forward to the new season played under WESA regulations. The revised competition format and expansion to new locations supports our mission to further grow and professionalize esports.”

Carole Delga, President of the Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée Region
“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. 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, in particular, to an increasingly capable and successful video gaming sector.”

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

TEAMS: The top sixteen CS:GO teams from around the world will be competing at the Pro League Season Nine Finals in Occitanie, starting with the offline group stages held from June 18-20. The top six will proceed to the playoffs at the Sud de France Arena in Montpellier from June 21-23, with the winning team not only getting their hands on the title and the lion’s share of the $750,000 prize pool, but also a point towards the Intel® Grand Slam.

TICKETS:  Tickets will go on sale on March 21 at 16:00 CET/ 07:00 PT and will be available here. All tickets will provide access to the Occitanie Esports 2019 convention and will come in three varieties; Day (€25), Weekend (€50) and Premium (€100).

OCCITANIE ESPORTS 2019: In addition to the exciting Pro League Finals, fans will also get the opportunity to participate in local LAN tournaments for more than 800 players, take part in giveaways, explore over 50 booths at the convention, and of course meet their favourite players at multiple signing sessions.

For more information about the CS:GO Pro League check out the official website and the announcement trailer.  Don’t forget to follow us on both Twitter and Facebook for all the latest ESL CS updates!