DreamHack Masters Las Vegas has been announced to take place in February at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino and will feature a CS:GO tournament with a $450,000 prize pool, DreamHack announced Wednesday. It will take place between Feb. 15-19.
DreamHack Masters Las Vegas is the second Masters event, following DreamHack Master Malmö in April. The Ninjas in Pyjamas took down Natus Vincere 2-0 in Malmö’s Grand Finals and took the lion’s share of the event’s $250,000 pool. It was also notably the western debut for fan favorite Chinese team, TyLoo, who defeated Team Liquid and SK Gaming (then-Luminosity Gaming) to progress to the playoffs.
The tournament will host 16 teams, with the group stage being held on MGM Grand’s casino floor, completely open to the public. Them, the Top 8 teams from the group stage will battle in the playoffs inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Feb. 18-19.
Further details such as invites, possible qualifiers and tournament format are expected in the coming weeks.
DreamHack Masters Las Vegas is not the only esports to take place in an MGM Resorts-owned facility in Las Vegas, as the League of Legends’ 2016 North American LCS Spring Finals were held in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in April. Meanwhile, Major League Gaming announced MLG Las Vegas on Oct. 24, which is a Call of Duty and Overwatch event also held in Mandalay Bay.
“We have hosted a number of esports events over the course of the last year and the DreamHack Masters at MGM Grand gives us another opportunity to host a championship event at one of our venues,” MGM Resorts International’s senior vice president of booking and development Chris Baldizan said. “The esports industry is quickly becoming one of the most popular worldwide and is a great complement to our goal of delivering a variety of sports and entertainment options to our local community and Las Vegas visitors.”
DreamHack has also mentioned in their press release that “depending on marketing and timing,” they will produce two “Masters” CS:GO events in 2017, one more alongside their Las Vegas event.
Dennis “Tarmanydyn” Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports who enjoys whiskey, D&D and first-picking Abaddon Slardar Clinkz Medusa Oracle a P90 my Souvenir Negev. You can follow him on Twitter.
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