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Over the last couple of years Counter-Strike has grown at a fairly consistent pace. Since Valve introduced the majors, where the publisher offered up a $250, 000 prize pool multiple times a year, other events have slowly increased their offerings, with tournaments going from mostly five figure pay outs to consistent six figure sums. Last year a handful of tournaments started to match the prize pools csgo skins seller of the majors, but only the ESL ESEA Pro League managed to top it, and even that was spread across different events. However in 2016 we already have three events confirmed to have a $250, 000 prize pool, one with substantially more, and earlier this week Dreamhack announced it will be giving away over $1, 000, 000 in CS: GO prize money this year – all that and we are less than a fortnight into 2016.
One of the biggest $250, 000 tournaments that has already been confirmed is the first major of the year, MLG Columbus, which appears to be going ahead as planned despite the recent sale (and possible shuttering in its current form) of MLG to Activision. MLG Columbus will be one of the most important Majors in a while, as it is the first one to take place in North America. 2015 was a decent year for American CS, with Cloud 9 and Team Liquid both placing highly in some international events. Their success helped boost viewing figures and Counter-Strike’s general popularity in the US, but MLG Columbus will be the ultimate test to see just how popular it has become.