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Flashpoint’s CS:GO Tournament Series Returns with $1M Prize Pool

B Site Inc.’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) tournament series, Flashpoint returns as Flashpoint 2 with a $1M USD prize pool. Play-in qualifiers will start on Oct. 8 with the main competition series taking place from Nov. 9-22. The culminating playoffs start on Nov. 30 and will continue through Dec. 5 with the Grand Finals finishing the series on Nov. 6. The series champion will receive $500K and the AK-47 trophy.

 Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to ensure the safety of everyone involved with the league, Flashpoint 2 will be played entirely online. For Flashpoint 2, all teams will be quarantining in Europe, as well as Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles who serves as commissioner of Flashpoint and vice president of brand, and Duncan “Thorin” Shields, creative director and broadcast talent.

“We’re excited to head to London to run Flashpoint, as it was always our intent to run events from Europe,” Mykles told The Esports Observer. “We have been working hard on preparing unique content for our broadcasts, including finding creative solutions to the problems presented by the ongoing global pandemic. We can’t wait to show fans the most polished online esports event of 2020.

“With so much uncertainty around the schedule this year it’s a positive sign that we’re able to still fulfill our goal of hosting two Flashpoint tournaments,” said Shields. “It will be exciting to see some cross-continental play again in 2020, as that had effectively been off the menu since competition went online.  The level of the field will be much stronger than Flashpoint 1 and so we’ll finish the year on a higher note.”

The Blind Spot, Flashpoint’s original post-game analysis show, will return with Mykles and Shields discussing esports matches in a casual bar environment. 

The Flashpoint 1 grand finals which were held last April saw MAD Lions defeat MIBR 2-1 with the match capturing just over 271K concurrent viewers. Online viewership for Flashpoint 1 recorded over 7M hours watched on Twitch.

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