CSGO: Starladder to host Berlin Major in September 2019


UPDATE: Starladder have confirmed the news themselves, and released more details about the event, which can be found in full here. The tournament will take place in the Mercedes-Benz Arena, a multi-functional venue with a 14,000 capacity, and tickets go on sale in April 2019.

ImbaTV will be co-TOs for the event, and handle the Chinese broadcast, as is often the case for Starladder events. Prize pools look set to remain static through 2019, with another cool $1m on the line, and dates for the Minors and Qualifiers have also been released, and can be found below.

Berlin CSGO Major dates

  • July 17-21: Europe & Americas Minors
  • July 24-28: CIS & Asia Minors
  • July 29: Minor Play-in
  • August 20-25: Challengers Stage
  • August 27-September 1: Legends Stage
  • September 5-8: Champions Stage

After a few hours of confusion on social media, the host of the second CSGO Major in 2019 was confirmed by Dekay over at Dextero, with Starladder having been awarded the honour of running the event. Taking place in Berlin, in the autumn of 2019, this will be the first Major hosted by the group, and the second to take place in Europe this year.

That means that for the first time since 2015, we will not see a NA CSGO Major in 2019, provided we stick to the two-Majors per year idea. It also doesn’t bode that well for FACEIT, who hosted the London event in 2018 and were nowhere near the conversation to repeat in the following year, something ELEAGUE managed to achieve with Atlanta and then Boston.

Fair reward

This is fair and fitting reward for a group that have been committed to supporting CSGO and the CIS region since 2012, and recognition of their efforts to improve their product quality year on year. It will also be the first event Starladder have hosted in Germany, with the company previously limiting themselves to Ukraine, Belarus and China.

They have extensive experience hosting Majors in other games, and recently ran the Chongqing Major in China for Dota 2. That was a tournament with as many problems as it had plusses, but in the end it went off well, with criticisms about talent pool and player conditions mainly forgotten when the action was underway. That experience has to be a consideration for Valve, who of course own both Dota and CSGO, even if it isn’t directly applicable to the CS competition.

There remains much of the detail to be announced, but the news was met with a largely positive reaction online, and rightly so. After some of the Major debacles we’ve had lately, it is great to see a company with such pedigree and history in the game rewarded, and we can only hope they put on a Major fitting of their reputation and role in CS’s development.

Tim MastersTim has worked with Luckbox since 2018, having previously spent time at GosuGamers, EsportsHeaven and other sites. He currently is not at his desk.