Top 3 Esports News of the Week
by Community Gaming in Esports · 2024-01-26

It’s been a busy week in esports, with major tournament news dropping for several titles. We’ll tell you about what’s happening next for Overwatch, Rainbow 6, Counter-Strike 2 (and even Starcraft 2!) in our weekly roundup.

BLAST Announces First Rainbow 6 Major in the UK

BLAST will be hosting the first Rainbow 6 Major of the 23024 season in Manchester, England at the B.E.C Arena from May 16-26th. This will be the opening event for the 2024 season.

This event’s prize pool stands at an impressive $750,000, with 20 teams competing for a cut. BLAST also recently announced changes to its Global Points System, which helps determine how teams qualify for major events.

For more, read the official Ubisoft blog post.

IEM Katowice Counter-Strike 2 and Starcraft II Details Announced

The first major Counter-Strike 2 event of 2024 takes place in Katowice from February 9-11th, with 24 teams seeding into the brackets. For old school RTS fans, the even bigger news is that Starcraft II makes its return to the event starting a day earlier on February 8th.

Read more on the tournaments, read the ESL article here.

Overwatch Champions Series Announced

Just a few short months ago, the Overwatch League shut its doors, leaving the future of pro competitive play at stake. In a surprising turn of events, ESL/FACEIT will now run the Overwatch Champions Series, opening up a revived esports ecosystem for Overwatch players in NA/EMEA regions. Asia will have its own unique format that feeds into the series.

There’s a lot to cover, but if you’re interested in getting more on how the new tournament structure will look like, you can read the entire release by Blizzard here.

Make sure to register your teams in our CG Overwatch tournaments to get some practice in!

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