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CEVO Announces CS:GO Season 8 (NA/EU) - $175,000 USD - Register Today!

CEVO is pleased to announce that team registration for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Season 8 is now open. The Season 8 prize pool will start with a minimum of $175,000 USD in prize money and travel support + community crowdfunding. Discounted Early Bird Registration is open from now until Saturday, August 22nd at 12:00 PM ET. So don't wait, register your team today as league fees will increase after this date. 

In Season 7 we announced a partnership with MLG.tv, who will again serve as the the exclusive broadcast partner for Season 8 and host the Season 8 LAN Finals at the MLG.tv Arena in Columbus, Ohio on November 6-8, 2015. You can check out last season's partnership announcement HERE.

As a result of our partnership with MLG.tv, you'll again be able to catch every single Professional Division match and select featured Main Division matches broadcast by the CEVO-TV crew at http://MLG.tv/playCEVO.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR CEVO CS:GO SEASON 8

Premium Pay-to-Play Divisions (Amateur / Intermediate / Main / Professional) features: 

  • $175,000 USD minimum in prize money and travel support + community crowdfunding
  • Professional division LAN Finals event at MLG.tv Arena in Columbus, Ohio (November 6-8, 2015)
  • ALL matches played on premium 128-tickrate CEVO game servers across 15+ geographic locations protected by CEVO's proprietary anti-cheat technology.
  • CEVO's automated match service integration
  • Unlimited access to automated scrim system (with premium league team)
  • Complete live personal & team statistics for every match and individual ranking on Event Leaderboards
  • Automatic recording and storage of GOTV demos
  • Real-time updated standings and team rankings
  • Automatic weekly matches scheduled and easy to use match scheduling thread
  • Helpful league officials available for LIVE support Sunday through Thursday all season long
  • FREE access to community forums and match predictions

FREE-to-play Division features:

  • Bring your own game server (BYOS)
  • 1 match per week during the regular season
  • ALL matches protected by CEVO's exclusive anti-cheat technology
  • Automatic weekly matches scheduled and easy to use match scheduling thread
  • Real-time updated standings and team rankings
  • Helpful league officials available for LIVE support on default match nights only
  • FREE access to community forums and prediction systems for every match

Season 8 Format & Schedule
Participating teams will compete in CEVO’s signature eight week regular season format in an attempt to qualify for the online playoffs, and the chance to climb the ladder of ranked skill divisions to the prestigious Professional Division.

  • s8 Registration + Preseason (July 23rd, 2015 - August 22nd, 2015)
  • s8 Professional Placement Tournament (July 20th, 2015 - August 11th, 2015)
  • s8 Online Regular Season (August 16th, 2015 – October 8th, 2015)
  • s8 Online Playoffs (October 11th - TBA)
  • s8 LAN Finals at MLG.tv Arena in Columbus, Ohio (November 6-8, 2015)

Skill Divisions & Prizes
Professional Division (NA/EU Invite only skill divisions) - $100,000.00 + $50,000.00 in travel support 
CEVO-P
is our most prestigious division and consists of only the top 12 teams each from North America and Europe. Teams can earn invites to this division through their performance in the off-season Professional Placement Tournament. CEVO-P teams will play 11 matches in a round-robin group play format over the course of the 8 week regular season. At the end of the regular season the top 4 teams (per region) will have the opportunity to compete for our largest cash prize pool ever on LAN at the MLG.tv Arena in Columbus, Ohio on November 6-8, 2015.

Main Division (NA/EU Restricted skill divisions) - $20.00 (Early Bird) / $25.00 per player - $7,500.00 base prize pool (per region) + community crowdfunding
CEVO-M is our premium pay-to-play restricted skill division consisting of 48 very highly skilled and experienced teams looking for serious, near-professional competition. Teams can qualify to play in this division through their performance in the previous season, and sometimes through our off-season tournaments. CEVO-M teams will play two matches per week on Sundays & Wednesdays in both North America and Europe across one conference (per region) and compete for cash prizes. The top 6 teams in this division will also qualify for the s9 Professional Placement Tournament.

1st (60%) - $4,500.00 + automatic invite to s9 Professional Placement Tournament
2nd (27%) - $2,025.00 + automatic invite to s9 Professional Placement Tournament
3rd (13%) - $975.00 + automatic invite to s9 Professional Placement Tournament
4th-6th - 1 month FREE CEVO MVP coupon for each player on roster + automatic invite to s9 Professional Placement Tournament

Intermediate Division (NA/EU Open entry skill divisions) - $12.50 (Early Bird) / $15.00 per player - $4,000.00 base prize pool (per region) + community crowdfunding
CEVO-IM
is our intermediary premium pay-to-play skill division open to ALL teams in both Europe and North America. It's designed for experienced teams seeking serious competitive play. CEVO-IM teams will play two matches per week on Mondays & Thursdays in both North America and Europe across one conference (per region) for cash prizes and the chance to move up to the CEVO-M skill division based on their performance in Season 8.

1st (60%) - $2,400.00 + automatic moveup to s9 Main skill division
2nd (27%) - $1,080.00 + automatic moveup to s9 Main skill division
3rd (13%) - $520.00 + automatic moveup to s9 Main skill division
4th-6th - 1 month FREE CEVO MVP coupon for each player on roster + automatic moveup to s9 Main skill division
7th-16th - automatic moveup to s9 Main skill division

NOTE: We encourage teams that are new to CEVO to start in our Intermediate division if they are looking for serious league competition with two matches week and all of our premium league features.

Amateur Division (NA/EU Open entry skill division) - $7.50 (Early Bird) / $10.00 per player - $1,000.00 base prize pool (per region) + community crowdfunding
CEVO-A
is our entry level premium pay-to-play skill division open to ALL teams in North America and now in Europe for Season 8. It's designed for both new and experienced teams seeking casual competitive play. Teams in this division will play only one match per week on Wednesday evenings in three conferences across North America (East, Central, and West) and compete for cash prizes and the chance to move up to the CEVO-IM/M skill divisions based on their performance in Season 8.

1st (60%) - $600.00 + automatic moveup to s9 Main skill division
2nd (27%) - $270.00 + automatic moveup to s9 Main skill division
3rd (13%) - $130.00 + automatic moveup to s9 Main skill division
4th-6th - 1 month FREE CEVO MVP coupon for each player on roster + automatic moveup to s9 Intermediate skill division
4th-32nd - automatic moveup to s9 Intermediate skill division

FREE Division (NA/EU Open entry skill divisions) - FREE-to-Play 
CEVO-FREE
is completely FREE-to-play (you guessed it!) and open to ALL teams in both Europe and North America. Designed for beginner teams who are looking to get their feet wet with competitive play. Teams in this division play one match per week on Tuesday evenings at 9:00 PM in their conferences local time zone, and compete for free entry into Season 9 and the opportunity to move up to one of our pay-to-play skill divisions. The FREE division will be separated into three regional conferences in North America (East, Central, and West) and one large conference in Europe to help make scheduling matches a breeze, while allowing teams to play the majority of their matches on servers in their preferred location. 

1st-3rd - automatic moveup & 5x FREE entry into s9 Intermediate skill division
4th-6th - 1 month FREE CEVO MVP coupon for each player on roster

NOTE: CEVO-FREE is a bring your own server (BYOS) division. Teams will have the ability to reserve a very limited number of game servers in North America, courtesy of GameServers.com, but teams should be prepared to bring their own servers if there aren't any available.

Map Rotation

  • Preseason #1: de_tuscan
  • Preseason #2: de_nuke

  • Week #1: de_cbble
  • Week #2: de_season
  • Week #3: de_inferno
  • Week #4: de_train  
  • Week #5: de_cache
  • Week #6: de_overpass
  • Week #7: de_dust2   
  • Week #8: de_mirage   

CEVO-P bo2's and Veto Process
At the request of the Professional teams, we've also made an update to our regular season match format, switching to a bo2 series for each of the Professional division's regular season matches. We're trying to be considerate of the fact that many of our Professional teams are playing in multiple events, each with their own strict scheduling rules and keeping to a maximum of two maps per game will help in this regard.

With the change in format, comes the introduction of our new points system. In each bo2 series, 2 points will be awarded to a team that is able to win both maps, 1 point will be awarded to both teams in the case of a 1-1 score, and 0 points will be awarded for any team that loses both maps in the series.

1)  Home Ban
2)  Away Ban
3)  Home Ban
4)  Away Ban
5)  Home picks Map #1 (side choice to Away team)
6)  Away picks Map #2 (side choice to Home team)
7)  Remaining map is discarded

Players can register their teams from Thursday, July 23rd until Saturday, August 22nd at 12:00 PM EDT. As always, we're open to feedback and would love to hear from you. Feel free to post your questions, comments, or concerns below, contact CEVO Support, or visit us in our public TeamSpeak3 server (cevots.gameservers.com:9366) to get in touch with CEVO Staff! 

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About CEVO:
CEVO is a global eSports company built around North America’s largest competitive online PC gaming league. Founded in December of 2004 with the intention to transform competitive online gaming into a professional sport, CEVO has been hosting both free and pay-to-play tournaments across a variety of AAA titles for almost 10 years. Through CEVO-TV we are also engaged in online broadcasting and other digital media. Additionally, CEVO offers event management, marketing, development, and design solutions for clients looking to get involved in the business of eSports. For more information visit cevo.com.

About Major League Gaming (MLG):
MLG is the leader in eSports delivering premium gaming content to viewers through its streaming platform - MLG.tv and promoting eSports globally through premier competition. MLG.tv is one of the fastest growing broadcast networks worldwide reaching 20 million highly-engaged fans each month via web, mobile, connected TVs, gaming consoles and social media. MLG pioneered the eSports industry as the longest-running competitive gaming league in North America and through Gamebattles, the largest cross platform online gaming tournament system with 9 million registered users. For more information: MLG.tv.

About Counter-Strike: Global Offensive:
CS:GO is the latest installment in the Counter-Strike series. Since it was launched in August of 1999, Counter-Strike has become one the most played online games of all time, and the series has sold over 25 million copies. In the past year, CS:GO’s player numbers have increased by more than 250%, and over $3.5 mil have been paid to community content creators making and selling new items and levels for the games.

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Comments

Hi, My team was top 32 in the Free division and we were moved up to Amateur division. So if we qualified and moved up, do we have to pay for getting @Ready or was qualifying to Amateur was a prize?
Hi,

My team was top 32 in the Free division and we were moved up to Amateur division. So if we qualified and moved up, do we have to pay for getting @Ready or was qualifying to Amateur was a prize?

H0tSh0t

Posted Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 3:39 AM GMT
lol, you have to pay. thats like saying i won 1st place open my team can take professionals, do we still have to pay to play. 1st place, or not, its a pay to play, season over new one begins, means new funds apply to play. they put so much money into this, that they need a little back right? why do u think the prize pool rises so much, the more teams that fully play and get place @ready the higher is goes.
lol, you have to pay. thats like saying i won 1st place open my team can take professionals, do we still have to pay to play. 1st place, or not, its a pay to play, season over new one begins, means new funds apply to play. they put so much money into this, that they need a little back right? why do u think the prize pool rises so much, the more teams that fully play and get place @ready the higher is goes.

Posted Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 7:16 AM GMT
[quote="Sketch™"]lol, you have to pay. thats like saying i won 1st place open my team can take professionals, do we still have to pay to play. 1st place, or not, its a pay to play, season over new one begins, means new funds apply to play. they put so much money into this, that they need a little back right? why do u think the prize pool rises so much, the more teams that fully play and get place @ready the higher is goes.[/quote] +1. Pay your fees punk.
[quote="Sketch™"]lol, you have to pay. thats like saying i won 1st place open my team can take professionals, do we still have to pay to play. 1st place, or not, its a pay to play, season over new one begins, means new funds apply to play. they put so much money into this, that they need a little back right? why do u think the prize pool rises so much, the more teams that fully play and get place @ready the higher is goes.

+1. Pay your fees punk.

Posted Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 4:01 PM GMT
looking for a team
looking for a team

Posted Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 12:05 AM GMT
what time typically are matches played?
what time typically are matches played?

Sure why not

Posted Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 11:44 PM GMT
[quote="Kevsta545"]what time typically are matches played?[/quote]Usually between 8-10 PM local time Sunday through Thursday depending on which division and conference you play in.
Kevsta545 said:what time typically are matches played?
Usually between 8-10 PM local time Sunday through Thursday depending on which division and conference you play in.

Chris Pipher / VP, Operations / CEVO, Inc.

Posted Friday, July 31st, 2015 1:38 AM GMT
[quote="CEVO|Pipher"][quote="Kevsta545"]what time typically are matches played?[/quote]Usually between 8-10 PM local time Sunday through Thursday depending on which division and conference you play in.[/quote] ESEA Open has game times @ 8:30PM on Mondays and Thursdays too. What do teams do that want to compete in ESEA Open and CEVO-IM do?
CEVO|Pipher said:
Kevsta545 said:what time typically are matches played?
Usually between 8-10 PM local time Sunday through Thursday depending on which division and conference you play in.


ESEA Open has game times @ 8:30PM on Mondays and Thursdays too. What do teams do that want to compete in ESEA Open and CEVO-IM do?

hT xondat

Posted Saturday, August 1st, 2015 4:27 PM GMT
[quote="xondat"]ESEA Open has game times @ 8:30PM on Mondays and Thursdays too. What do teams do that want to compete in ESEA Open and CEVO-IM do?[/quote] Usually the teams will work together to schedule a time that works for both teams using our match communication thread. Match-ups are released at least one week in advance, so there is usually plenty of time to work around other event's schedules.
xondat said:ESEA Open has game times @ 8:30PM on Mondays and Thursdays too. What do teams do that want to compete in ESEA Open and CEVO-IM do?

Usually the teams will work together to schedule a time that works for both teams using our match communication thread. Match-ups are released at least one week in advance, so there is usually plenty of time to work around other event's schedules.

Chris Pipher / VP, Operations / CEVO, Inc.

Posted Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 5:33 PM GMT
looking for a team thats joining the free ladder
looking for a team thats joining the free ladder

Posted Monday, August 10th, 2015 6:10 PM GMT
If I were to sign up my team now and someone joins the team afterwards, would they be able to play for my team in the league?
If I were to sign up my team now and someone joins the team afterwards, would they be able to play for my team in the league?

Wassup

Posted Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 9:50 AM GMT
looking for a team thats joining the free ladder
looking for a team thats joining the free ladder

Hallo All Friend

Posted Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 10:28 AM GMT
[quote="julianK"]If I were to sign up my team now and someone joins the team afterwards, would they be able to play for my team in the league? [/quote] Yea i want know that too. We have 5 players atm but we need 1 stand-in player so can he come like tomorrow?
julianK said:If I were to sign up my team now and someone joins the team afterwards, would they be able to play for my team in the league?


Yea i want know that too. We have 5 players atm but we need 1 stand-in player so can he come like tomorrow?

-Saving the world, One defuse at a time.-

Posted Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 11:00 AM GMT
only 16 move up from IM?
only 16 move up from IM?

Posted Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 12:11 AM GMT
Gl everyone who registers
Gl everyone who registers

Posted Friday, September 11th, 2015 11:44 AM GMT
Hello. How many in Amature league will get to the playoffs?
Hello. How many in Amature league will get to the playoffs?

Posted Thursday, September 24th, 2015 2:55 PM GMT