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The confirmed slots per region are as follows:
- Europe: 4 groups from Europe
- Americas: 3 groups from North America, 1 group from Latin America
- Asia-Pacific: 2 groups from Australia/New Zealand, 1 group from Greater China, 1 group from Southeast Asia
Only the winners of the European and American groups will receive a direct spot in the season finals that are played in front of a live audience. Teams that finished second and third in their groups will proceed to the second round of group stage. Within the Asia-Pacific region, winners and runner-ups will be able to secure one of the second group stage slots.
During the second group stage European teams must score first or second to play at the season finals whereas only the winners of the America and Asia-Pacific regions get the chance to proceed further in the tournament. The new format will conclude after a maximum of four weeks full of gripping esports, allowing players and teams to focus on the CS:GO Pro League for a shorter time frame within the vivid CS:GO ecosystem.
“The CS:GO Pro League will return with a brand new format featuring live studio matches in Europe and North America, offering more teams the chance to earn one of the coveted spots in the toughest CS:GO league to date,” said Ulrich Schulze, Senior Vice President at ESL. “We want to provide players, teams and the passionate CS:GO fans all around the world with the best possible experience - esports at its purest.”
“WESA’s goal was to bring Pro League to the next level. With the great commercial and competitive success of recent years we are grateful to be in the position to invest into improving Pro League even further. We want to make it more attractive for users and players who expressed their interest in improving the schedule, in order to have more time to prepare for matches,” said Pietro Fringuelli, Commissioner of WESA. “With the new high-quality production in offline locations as well as the new league format, we are confident that the games will become even more attractive and more competitive than ever.”
In 2019 the CS:GO Pro League season finals will feature the best 16 international teams (8 from Europe, 6 from America, 2 from Asia-Pacific) that fought their way up through the season. Since its inception in 2015, the CS:GO Pro League has grown season-over-season with some record breaking numbers in online viewership and live event attendance.
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