UK CS:GO is getting some big money thrown at it this year, as the UK Masters Open CS:GO competition at Insomnia 63 will have a massive £30,000 prize pool, making up more than half of the total esports prize pool at the event.
But this competition isn’t just a rock up to the event and compete for a share of the cash type deal that we are used to at Insomnia events. The UK Masters Counter-Strike Open will feature online qualifiers, where the top performing teams will win accommodation and a £1000 travel budget to get to the event.
Two open qualifiers will be ran on the FACEIT platform, where anyone can sign up to play. The top two performing teams from these qualifiers will be entered into the closed qualifier and the top two teams of that event will take home the accommodation and travel prize, giving them a chance to compete for a share of the main £30,000 prize pot at Insomnia itself.
Of course this is also a BYOC tournament meaning the event will have way more than the teams that come through the online qualifiers. The prize pool will be split between the top eight, with an exact breakdown expected in the coming weeks.
While the £30,000 CS:GO open is clearly the main event of the Insomnia event there is a number of other competitions coming as well. League of Legends returns to iSeries with a £5,000 open, the Rocket League open has £4,000 on the line, the Hearthstone open has £1,500 and finally the Team Fortress 2 open, an Insomnia classic, has £7,500 on the line. All of the competitions apart from the TF2 event have online qualifiers to win tickets to Insomnia.
This news comes just a day after epic.LAN and Grosvenor announced their £10,000 UK CS:GO circuit that will hold events at multiple casinos around the country. This really is a great time to be a top UK CS:GO player.