Intel has been one of the leading technology companies when it comes to the eSports industry, but their latest contract with ESL has taken that partnership to a whole new level. The partnership between these two companies has been very successful as both companies worked on organizing many tournaments such as Intel Extreme Masters, ESL One, ESL Pro League and many others.
All these competitions and many others will benefit from this contract. One of the main goals of their partnership is to improve the CS:GO scene as much as possible. Intel will continue with providing the PCs for the tournaments all over the world. But they will also be introducing new high-performances that would provide the opportunity for the best streaming possible.
One of the biggest features of the new contract is the introduction of Intel Grand Slam Series. It will be a huge and tempting challenge for all Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams in the world. Together with ESL, Intel has secured additional $1 million for a team that manages to win in four out of ten CS:GO tournaments organized by ESL or DreamHack.
However, in order for the tournament to be a part of the Intel Grand Slam, it will have to feature a prize pool of $200,000 or more. The team that manages to win four such tournaments in a 12 month period will receive additional $1 million on top of the money they won at those tournaments.
That means that the team that wins four events will be able to win additional $1 million. It goes on top of almost half a million in the prize pool from those four tournaments. The team that manages to do that will become the first Intel Grand Slam champions. However, winning four CS:GO tournaments during one year is not an easy task, and all teams will agree with that.
Besides that, if one team manages to win four CS:GO tournaments in a year that team will receive $1 million. But the challenge will continue. Since there should be ten of ESL and DreamHack tournaments, it is possible that two teams win the Intel Grand Slam championship title during a single year.
One of the most exciting features of the Intel Grand Slam Series is the fact that it provides other teams with the opportunity to win a certain amount of money. If a certain team wins three ESL of DreamHack tournaments but fails to win in the fourth, the team that defeated them in the fourth tournament will receive $100,000. But that team must not be among the contenders for the biggest prize.
Tournaments in the Focus
Intel and ESL have currently identified only three tournaments that will be part of the Intel Grand Slam Series. First of those tournaments is DreamHack Masters Malmo that will be played from August 30th to September 3rd. The next is ESL One Cologne. It will be played from July 7th to July 9th. And the third will be ESL One New York. It will be held from September 16th to September 17th. Intel Grand Slam Series will be starting with ESL One Cologne. But it is expected that Intel and ESL will soon reveal the names of other tournaments that will be part of this Series.
With the introduction of this series, the competitiveness of CS:GO tournaments flew up to an entirely new level. Even though it is a very tough challenge, all teams will be aspiring to achieve this goal. An opportunity like this does not come often.