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A new online CS:GO league is set to launch for esports players this April. Parimatch League CS:GO will consist of 16 teams, with eight of them based in Europe. The other half will include teams from the Commonwealth of Independent States. This includes locations such as Russia, Armenia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan.
The open qualifiers for Parimatch League CS:GO are scheduled to take place between April 4 and 5. Meanwhile, the group stages are set to occur between April 13 and 26, with the finals scheduled between May 1 and 3.
However, it’s worth noting that some teams have already received direct invitations to join the new CS:GO league. According to the Reuters announcement, these teams include forZe, Virtus.pro, and Team Spirit.
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Recently, team forZe took home the gold at the DreamHack Open Winter 2019 tournament. Prior to that, the team found success in several other events such as the 2019 CIS Minor Championship in Berlin and the IeSF World Championship in 2017.
The players on the Virtus.pro team are not new to the CS:GO esports scene, either. In 2017, the team earned first place at the DreamHack Masters Las Vegas tournament. The final match was against SK Gaming. Virtus.pro also duked it out against Cloud9 at DreamHack Open Bucharest 2016 and won first place against them.
As for Team Spirit, it has rosters in Dota 2, Hearthstone, and PUBG in addition to CS:GO. Spirit’s CS:GO team placed in the top 15 for season 11 of the Europe ESL Pro League. Before this, Team Spirit players participated in the 2019 IEM Katowice Major tournament and the offline qualifier for the 2017 ELEAGUE Major Atlanta event.
With the Parimatch League’s upcoming launch, these teams have the opportunity to continue showcasing their skills and talents. Since the Parimatch League is online, fans and supporters also have the option to participate and watch from home.
“I’m sure that spectators who are forced to stay home and thus help to positively resolve the situation in the world will be satisfied with our tournament,” Stepan Shulga, the head of esports at Parimatch, said.
Amy Chen is an esports journalist and enthusiast who specializes in in-depth interviews and breaking news. A University of Toronto and Humber College graduate, she is passionate about building up the Canadian esports industry. Her current favorite games are Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm, and she has always had a soft spot for World of Warcraft!