The epic.LAN CS:GO Championship in association with Grosvenor Casinos is returning for a second season, and organisers have outlined what's changing this time.
Season 2 will run from March 2nd to May 6th, concluding once again at Grosvenor Casino Coventry in the Ricoh Arena.
The qualifier prize money is dropping but the overall pool will still be £10,000. The online qualifier prize money is designed to help smaller teams' cover their transport costs to reach the finals, as announced in this post on the epic.LAN website.
Organisers made it clear that the tournament is for participants aged 18 and above. The tournament last time around received some negative coverage from the Daily Mail's This is Money website.
The grand final in Coventry will now be split over two days on the weekend and hotel rooms will be provided for all teams that make it to the final.
Online qualifiers and wildcard will be announced from the start, so all teams know that their entry fee will give them potentially four chances to qualify.
"With our commitment to responsible gambling and our well-regulated casinos, we are pleased to support community esports for adult players."
Barry Lyons, Rank Group
This time around, Nottingham, Cardiff, Manchester (Didsbury), Reading South and Newcastle-upon-Tyne have been added as venues.
There will also be free finals spectator tickets for all teams that took part in a LAN qualifier, and 'unlimited tea, coffee and soft drinks at all venues'.
Individual entry will cost £12.50.
London Esports (pictured) won Season 1.
Jon Winkle, epic.LAN MD, said: "The aim of the first season was to encourage more grassroots esports participation from players by removing many of the barriers we often hear about when players move from the bedroom to live events. I can’t wait to work with Grosvenor Casinos once again to grow the UK community."
Barry Lyons, head of events experience at Rank Group, commented: "We’re delighted to be working with epic.LAN once again to build on the success of our first season. With our commitment to responsible gambling and our well-regulated casinos, we are pleased to support community esports for adult players."
For a closer look, you can watch the Season 2 trailer below: