As if there weren’t already tons of CS:GO tournaments and leagues underway, the I-League has also been announced recently. StarLadder has intended to keep this new tournament of theirs, strictly invitational. The tournament is going to be held at the Olympiyskiy Football Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine. It kicks off on May 19th.
It seems like StarLadder wishes to keep this tournament unlike the major leagues and top standard platforms. The tournament is offering up a $100,000 prize pool for the teams to go head to head for.
What’s confusing is that the prize pool does not exactly match up with the teams that were invited to participate in the tournament. The likes of Natus Vincere, Virtus Pro, and Luminosity Gaming have taken part in leagues with prize pools up to a million dollars. Honestly, it does not entirely make sense why teams of a rather professional standard were invited. A $100,000 prize pool makes more sense to provide a platform for teams of a lesser standard, giving them opportunity.
The procedure that the tournament will follow is quite typical. The first stage is going to have four qualifiers, with a total of eight games. The initial games are going to be knockout games with the winners taking part in a best-of-3. After that, stage two of the tournament will begin.
The eight teams that come through will be split into two groups. The leaders of the groups will proceed to the LAN finals.
The prize pool for 1st place is $50,000, 2nd place will receive $20,000, 3rd and 4th place will get a divided $10,000, 5th and 6th a divided $3,000, and 7th and 8th place will get a divided $2,000.
We still think this tournament should be more about bringing a platform for lower level teams, and the prize pool distribution proves it.