If you talk about money in eSports, someone will mention Dota 2’s The International. Valve has another game with a strong eSports following, but CS:GO is in a completely different league from its own MOBA. Now, things are finally starting to change.
Beginning with MLG Columbus 2016, each CS:GO Major Championship prize pool will be $1 million. That is a massive jump from $250,000.
[quote]”When we announced the first CS:GO Major Championship in 2013, we hoped the Majors would be rallying points for the community, tent-pole events that could draw new audiences and amplify the value of all events,” Valve said on the Counter-Strike blog.[/quote]
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is the second most-played game on Steam, trailing behind Dota 2. It is also the second most-watched game on Twitch, second only to League of Legends. About time CS:GO got a bit more love and room to grow the competitive scene.