Milton Keynes shopping centre to host finals of new £10,000 UK CSGO tournament

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A new UK-only CSGO tournament – UK Gaming Tours – will have its live offline final taking place in Milton Keynes’ shopping centre.
UK Gaming Tours will be hosting three seasons of Counter-Strike esports. Each season will host 16 teams over eight weeks, who will be competing against each another twice for a share of £10,000.
Matches will be best-of-two, with the same point scoring system as football.
Season 1 will run between January 17th and February 16th on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, with two matches broadcast per night. A weekly wrap-up show will take place on Fridays.
The Season 1 finals will take place at Milton Keynes shopping centre (Centre:MK) on Saturday March 11th and Sunday March 12th, where the top four teams will play in front of a live (and rather non-endemic!) audience.
There will also be a gaming exhibition running alongside the live final, for the public to try out new technology and other video games.
 

“By taking esports to a mainstream location, we hope to attract new entrants to the esports space and help it resonate with the general consumer.”

 
Five qualification rounds will take place from January 6th to 10th, giving 32 teams each night the chance to qualify. The top two teams from each round will qualify for the season, while six other teams will be directly invited to take part.
Organiser Ben Bagg (formerly of Caz eSports) says the six team invites will be ‘based on team skill and organisation’. He recently made the final of a regional business competition – The Baldwins Accountants KickStart Awards – for this pop-up esports idea, but missed out on the £20,000 top prize.
“We are extremely excited to be able to offer our players and fans alike the chance to have an esports event straight in front of the mainstream consumer,” UK Gaming Tours said in a statement on its website (which will fully launch in early January).
“By taking esports to a mainstream location, we hope to attract new entrants to the esports space and help it resonate with the general consumer.
“We also intend to educate people on becoming a professional player and other career paths for the esports enthusiast. Our ethos is not just to sell gaming to the public, but educate our audience on the benefits of a healthy gaming lifestyle.”
On the tournament itself, UK Gaming Tours said: “We hope to see some grassroot talent coming out of the woodwork to compete against the household names!”

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