$250,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Tournament Starts Today

The ESL One Katowice 2015 tournament begins today with 16 teams competing for a $250,000 USD prize pool.

The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) major returns once again to the Spodek Arena in Katowice, Poland. Eight quarter-finalists from the DreamHack Winter 2014 tournament are back alongside eight other teams that qualified through offline LAN events. Group stage action begins today, while the grand final is expected to be played on Sunday.

As with previous Valve-sponsored CS:GO events, fans are invited to watch through Twitch live-streams or using the in-game GOTV service. Both options give viewers a chance to receive a randomly dropped souvenir package containing commemorative weapon skins. Supporters are also hoping to see even better numbers than the last major tournament, which boasted over 500,000 concurrent viewers.

For more information including a complete schedule and results, check out the ESL One page.