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Counter-Strike Events & Tournaments Calendar

If you are looking for a continuously updated calendar of Counter-Strike events and tournaments, you have arrived at the right place. From a schedule of CS:GO Majors and Premiers to qualifiers, regional LAN tournaments and local online events, you’ll be able to see what’s happening in the CS:GO scene, with constant updates about ongoing and upcoming matches.

We will also bring you more information about all the types of CS:GO tournaments, events, leagues and competitions, as well as about the companies that organize them.

Full Calendar of CS:GO Tournaments – Events – Matches

Explore all the latest CS:GO tournaments, events and matches, both ongoing and upcoming.

You can rely on our calendar because we use dozens of trustworthy data points to make sure we include all the latest tournaments and events, to keep you up to date with all the available ongoing and upcoming Counter-Strike matches.

Why You Can Trust Our Calendar of CS:GO Events & Tournaments

Here you have the reasons why you can rely on our calendar to keep you up to date with all the available CS:GO and CS2 tournaments and events:

  • We include all the ongoing and upcoming Counter-Strike matches from all the available Tournaments, Championships and Events, ranging from Majors to Qualifiers and Weekly Events
  • We provide unique insights and information for each CS:GO tournament, event and match we add to our calendar
  • Our calendar is updated automatically, bringing you access to the latest data about Counter-Strike competitions and tournaments at the same place

Be it you are just following Counter-Strike tournaments and events for fun, or because you’re interested in betting on their matches, our calendar will keep you up to date.

Furthermore, as we also target smaller tournaments, which happen on a weekly and monthly basis, you will have access to hundreds of CS:GO (CS2) matches every single week.

If you’re interested in diving deeper into the Counter-Strike tournament calendar, including details like the CS:GO major schedule, when is the next CS:GO major, tournament formats, and event operators, you’ll find all the information you need below.

Most Popular Formats for a Counter Strike Tournament

Let’s explore the most popular formats that Counter Strike tournaments implement, so you can get familiar with how they work, which will make it easier for you to follow and watch them.

LAN and Online

Counter Strike tournaments can be either LAN or online. For example, CS:GO Majors are LAN hosted, whereas some smaller events and leagues can be played on official online servers.  Evidently, the most important events are played on LAN, as it provides the best possible internet connection, bringing the best teams in the world to showcase their skills with no interference at all.

On the other hand, the smaller events such as the C-Tier Events, are mostly played online, because they often do not have the necessary funds to host offline tournaments, and as a result, the prize pools are smaller as well.

Swiss System and GSL

When it comes to the groups stages of Counter-Strike tournaments, championships and events, they usually follow two formats: Swiss System and GSL. These formats do not determine the winner of the competition, but rather what teams will make it to the playoffs or finals, bringing an easy and practical way to develop the CS:GO tournament.

The Swiss System and GSL (inspired by Global StarCraft League) have become the go-to option for Valve and operators to run matches during the groups stage, because they provide the easiest, fastest and most practical way to get into the playoffs. 

Let’s take the IEM Katowice Major 2019 as an example, as it featured the following:

 

  • Two 16 team swiss-system group stages
  • An 8 team single-elimination playoff
  • 14 teams immediately qualified for the Major based on their performance at the previous Major (London)
  • 10 teams qualified from their respective regional qualifiers (Asia, Europe, Americas, etc.)

The Katowice Major consisted of 24 teams, with 8 teams qualifying directly for the second stage (New Legends) based on their performance in the previous London Major. The remaining 16 teams competed in the first group stage (New Challengers) using the Swiss system to determine the 8 teams advancing to the New Legends phase.

 

Once the two 16 team swiss-system group stages concluded, leaving only 8 teams in competition, the competition progressed in the following fashion:

  • 8 teams competing in a Bo3 double elimination bracket format
  • The playoffs were structured in quarterfinals, semifinals and finals

Finally, the finals featured Astralis vs ENCE, where Astralis became the champion with a final score of 2-0 (16-11 and 16-4).

Based on this example, now you can see how the majority of CS:GO tournaments work, usually featuring group stages to then progress into the playoffs, to determine the winner of the tournament using a Bo3 double elimination bracket system.

Best of 1, 3 or 5

When it’s time to decide the winner of a game, competition or tournament, the majority of CS:GO events stick to the Bo1, Bo3 or Bo5 formats. They stand for best of 1, best of 3 and best of 5, respectively.

For example, if the final match between the two teams that made it to the final stage is Bo1, it means whoever wins the first map will win the event. The majority of CS:GO tournaments will stick with Bo1 and Bo3, but in the case of the most important tournaments such as the Counter-Strike Majors, the grand finals will use the Bo5 format.

Bo6 (Overtime)

In the event of a tie, it’s possible to use the Bo6 format (best of 6), which will lead to overtime, in order to determine the winner. Under this format, the teams will play for another 6 rounds, and each team will have to play 3 rounds as CT and 3 rounds as T. The first team to find 4 rounds will become the winner of the game. 

About the Operators of CS2 & CS:GO Tournaments

Tournaments are organized by different operators, ranging from giant gaming companies to smaller brands. Below, you will find more details about them, bringing you more information about the main operators such as PGL, BLAST and ESL.

PGL

PGL is a Romanian operator that hosts some of the most notable CS:GO (CS2) tournaments. For example, they organized the PGL Major Copenhagen, which took place in March 2024 and offered a giant prize pool of $1,250,000 USD. Previously, they also organized the PGL Major Antwerp 2022, PGL Major Stockholm 2021 (the biggest prize pool in CS:GO history) and PGL Major Antwerp 2022: European RMR A and B.

Therefore, PGL has become one of the most notable operators in the industry, thanks to their successful tournaments and events for the CS:GO (CS2) community.

BLAST

BLAST is a Danish operator that runs the popular and prestigious BLAST events for the CS:GO (CS2) community. They organized the Paris Major 2023, which featured a prize pool of $1,250,000 USD, where Team Vitality became the champion.

In addition, this operator also features other events on a frequent basis such as the BLAST Pro Series and the BLAST Premier, which offer prize pools as high as $1,000,000 USD. Therefore, BLAST is one of the top Counter-Strike operators and organizers nowadays, as its successful track record clearly proves.

ESL FACEIT Group

They used to work independently, but since they merged together, ESL and FACEIT, now they operate under the name of ESL FACEIT Group. They currently feature some of the most important CS:GO tournaments such as the ESL Challenger, ESL Pro League, and ESL Impact League. Nowadays, they remain as one of the most notable operators of CS:GO tournaments and events.

After merging with FACEIT, now they also organize smaller events such as the  FACEIT Pro League, which is classified under the category of Monthly Events, and it usually offers a prize pool of $20,000, which is smaller in comparison to the main ESL events.

DreamHack

It is the largest computer festival in the world, and they used to host some of the most important competitions such as the DreamHack Dallas 2019, which featured a giant prize pool of $250,000. The independent DreamHack events stopped some years ago when it decided to merge with ESL. Therefore, nowadays they do not work as an independent operator any longer, but rather as a support for the ESL FACEIT Group and their operations.

CSGO500

Also known as Casino 500, it’s one of the leading skins and crypto gambling platforms nowadays, competing against the biggest names in the industry such as CSGORoll and CSGOEmpire. They’re one of the smallest operators, as they only organize the 500 Casino League, which is classified under the category of Monthly Events, with prize pools ranging from $500 up to $10,000.

FISSURE

FISSURE is a small CS:GO tournament operator and organizer, which currently organizes the CS:GO event of BetBoom: BetBoom Dacha. With a prize pool of $300,000, FISSURE is slowly becoming an important operator in the Counter-Strike scene, especially since it’s an already successful organizer of Dota 2 events.

Types of CS:GO Tournaments

Let’s explore the different types of existing Counter-Strike tournaments, so you can keep up to date with the latest events and matches.

Major Tournaments (Valve Events)

CS:GO Majors are the most important and biggest events, as they are sanctioned, sponsored and supervised by the developer, Valve. They happen twice a year, they’re hosted on LAN and they unite the best CS:GO (CS2) teams in the world at the same place, to see which one is the best champion. 

The Valve events stand out because they offer the biggest prize pools ($1,250,000 nowadays), the highest number of views and the largest register of bets and wagers. Furthermore, only the very best players and teams will make it to a CS:GO Major, bringing you outstanding betting opportunities.

S-Tier Tournaments

In a scale of importance and relevance, S-Tier Tournaments are the second ones in the list after Valve Events (Majors). Under this category, you’re going to find some of the most prestigious CS:GO competitions and leagues in the world such as BLAST Premier, ESL Pro League, Intel Extreme Masters, Esports World Cup, amongst others.

They also feature enormous prize pools, often in the range of $200,000 to $1,000,000, and they are hosted by prestigious operators such as Intel, BLAST, ESL, amongst others. Therefore, S-Tier Tournaments will provide you with plenty of opportunities for betting on matches where the best CS:GO players in the world will face each other. 

A-Tier Tournaments

After S-Tier Tournaments, we find A-Tier Tournaments. Under this category, you are going to find prestigious competitions such as the ESL Challenger, RES Regional Series, ESL Impact League, amongst others. They feature top-level teams and players, substantial prize pools and they can serve as qualifiers for CS:GO (CS2) Major Championships.

B-Tier Tournaments

The B-Tier Tournaments are a recent addition to the calendar of CS:GO Tournaments and Events. They feature top tier 2 teams, they can be both LAN or online, and they are smaller in comparison to A-Tier, S-Tier and Valve events.

Under this category, you can find events such as the IESF World Esports Championship, ESL Challenger League, RES European Series, RES Latin American Series, amongst others. At the same time, some events can serve as qualifiers for the CS:GO (CS2) Major Championships.

C-Tier Tournaments

Next, we find C-Tier Tournaments. They are small and usually feature new, emerging teams that are not part of the group of top tier teams. Therefore, they offer a much smaller prize pool, they are mostly hosted online and they cannot serve as qualifiers for Major Championships.

Under this category, you are going to find plenty of available competitions such as the DACH CS Masters, Dust2.dk Ligaen, Dust2 Brasil Liga, YGames PRO Series, Circuito Retake, amongst others.

Qualifiers

For teams looking to get access to top tier competitions, such as B-Tier and A-Tier Tournaments, they need to win tournaments under the Qualifiers category, where we can find competitions such as the NA Revival Cup, Tele2 Gaming, IESF World Esports Championship (Qualifier), IESF World Esports Championship (Qualifier), amongst others.

These events act like a filter, to only allow the best performing teams to get a shot at participating at bigger events. Therefore, the CS:GO (CS2) Qualifiers rarely offer prize pools, and they are mostly played online.

Thanks to our calendar of CS:GO (CS2) tournaments and events, you can follow the latest Qualifiers, so you can watch them and participate by betting on your favorite matches.

Monthly Events

As you can easily guess, these are CS:GO tournaments and competitions that take place regularly and last one full month. They feature emerging and new teams, smaller prize pools in the range of $1,000 to $20,000 USD and offer teams an opportunity to showcase their skills and get a shot at participating in more important Counter-Strike Tournaments.

Under this category, you are going to find events such as the 500 Casino League, Gamers Club Liga Série, and the FACEIT Pro League. For esports bettors, these events provide a constant influx of new matches and betting opportunities.

Our calendar also includes CS:GO (CS2) monthly events, bringing you full coverage on the ongoing and upcoming matches, keeping you up to date so you can watch your favorite matches and bet on them.

Weekly Events

The name of this category says it all, they are CS:GO events that happen on a frequent basis and last one full week. The prize pools are smaller in comparison to bigger events, often in the range of $500 to $20,000 and they are mostly hosted online. Furthermore, they are available to the majority of teams regardless of their ranking, bringing them the opportunity to improve their skills and get access to bigger competitions eventually.

Under this category, you are going to find events such as the ESL Impact Cash Cup Oceania, ESL Impact Cash Cup South America, ESL Impact Cash Cup North America and ESL Impact Cash Cup Europe. 

Show Matches

Show Matches are one-off events featuring matches or small tournaments where top teams and players participate. They only take place 2-4 times per year, and their prize pools usually start at $2,000 to $10,000. Therefore, they do not provide a constant influx of matches or betting opportunities for fans.

Our website also includes show matches or exhibitions matches in the calendar of Counter-Strike events, bringing you access to these exclusive competitions, so you can view them or place your bets. 

Female Only Events

The name says it all, these are CS:GO (CS2) events where only females can participate. They can be A-Tier, B-Tier or C-Tier, and hence their prize pools range from $500 to over $100,000 USD.

Under this category, you are going to find events such as the IESF Female World Esports Championship, DouyuTV Take Aim! Goddess, Gamers Club Liga Série Feminina, amongst others.

Our calendar of tournaments and leagues also covers CS:GO female-only events, bringing you access to even more matches, especially since these take place frequently (on a monthly and weekly basis).

About the CS:GO Major Schedule

If you are looking for a CS:GO Major schedule, you will be happy to know you can find it on this page. Because they are the most important and biggest events in CS:GO (CS2), we will update with all the matches, going from the groups stage until the finals, of the two CS:GO Majors that take place every year.

We will also bring you key information about all the upcoming and ongoing CS:GO Majors, such as the prize pool, most important matches, insights about the odds of each match, where to bet on CS:GO Major matches, amongst other important data.

Therefore, we invite you to check our calendar and the CS:GO Major schedule, so you can follow along the most important events in CS:GO (CS2), sponsored and sanctioned by Valve.

F.A.Q

If you want to know more about our calendar of Counter-Strike tournaments and events, below you will find the answers to the most frequently asked questions.

What are CS:GO tournaments?

CS:GO tournaments are thrilling competitions where players and teams from across the globe face off in CS:GO or CS2. These events span from local showdowns to grand international championships, where we can find the Counter-Strike Majors (sponsored by Valve), LAN events, online leagues (ESL Pro League, for example), qualifiers and regional competitions.

How many CS:GO majors a year?

CS:GO majors take place twice per year. Until now, there have been 20 CS:GO Majors, with the last one being the PGL Major Copenhagen 2024, which took place in March 2024. The next major will be the Perfect World Shanghai Major 2024, which will take place in December 2024.

How do CS:GO tournaments work?

The standard format for matches in CS:GO tournaments features 30 rounds, where each team will have to play 15 rounds as Counter-Terrorists, and 15 rounds as Terrorists. Depending on the structure and the rules, the team will play in a format of Bo1, Bo3, Bo5 or Bo6 in the event of a tie, hence needing overtime to determine the winner.

Depending on the size and relevance of the event, the CS:GO tournament might use the Swiss or SGL system during the group phase, and proceed to apply a Bo3 or Bo5 with double elimination brackets for the playoffs.

Are CS:GO tournaments for money?

Yes, the vast majority of CS:GO tournaments are for money, especially Majors, Premier tournaments, and the main events. Smaller events such as C-Tier tournaments also offer cash prizes, bringing all CS:GO (CS2) teams the opportunity to earn money. Additionally, fans can participate by betting on matches featured in our CS:GO events and tournaments calendar to potentially earn money as well.

What is the biggest event in CS:GO?

A CS:GO Major is the biggest event in CS:GO, as they are sponsored and sanctioned by Valve, making them the most important, and as result, only the best teams in the world can compete in CS2 Majors. Furthermore, these events also feature the biggest prize pools, and they also register millions of dollars worth of bets on esports betting sites.

What is the prize pool for the CS:GO tournament?

The prize pool for the CS:GO tournament will depend on the type of event. Majors, the most important and biggest events in CS:GO, currently offers a prize pool of $1,250,000, which is the highest prize a CS:GO tournament can offer nowadays. 

Lower tier events, such as C-Tier, Weekly and Monthly Events, will offer smaller prize pools, often in the range of $500 to $20,000.

What is the biggest prize pool in CS: GO history?

The biggest prize pool in CS: GO history is $2,000,000, and it was offered during the PGL Major Stockholm 2021. It also registered the most views and outstanding numbers at esports betting sites, which was expected since it was the first Major after two years of inactivity. Since then, no other Major has paid that much, because the maximum prize pool nowadays is $1,250,000 USD.

What team has won the most CS:GO Majors?

Astralis is the team with the most CS:GO Majors under their belt, winning 4 titles until now: Atlanta 2017, London 2018, Katowice 2019, and Berlin 2019. It’s followed by Fnatic, which has won 3 titles until now: Jönköping 2013, Katowice 2015, and Cologne 2015.

Where to check all CS GO major finals?

You can check all CS GO Major finals on our website, because we will update our calendar with the two CS2 Majors that take place every year. We recommend you to visit it frequently to stay up to date, so you can watch and bet on all the Major matches, including the finals.

Where to find a CS GO major table?

You can find a CS GO Major table on our website, because we register all the upcoming Counter-Strike events and tournaments. Feel free to browse it to stay up to date with the latest leagues, championships and tournaments. 

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