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Counter Strike: GO tournament hits Gamescom, ESL's second

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The Electronic Sports League will host its second tournament for online tactical shooter Counter Strike: Global Offensive during Gamescom 2014, organizers announced today.

The tournament, currently with a community-funded prize pool of $250,000, will be held Aug. 14-17 in Cologne, Germany alongside the popular gaming convention.

ESL's last Counter Strike-focused event was held at the the Spodek Arena in Katowice, Poland earlier this year. The top eight teams from this event have been invited to participate in the Cologne tournament, with eight additional team slots to be filled through regional qualifiers in Europe, North America and Australia.

"After our thrilling event in Katowice, we are excited to once again host a tournament with a community funded prize pool," said Ulrich Schulze, managing director of pro gaming at ESL, in a press statement. "eSports is a great place to be right now and with the community growing as it is, we're happy to be given the opportunity to showcase the best in competitive gaming once again.

"The biggest gaming event in the world is the perfect place to host the best CS:GO teams from all over the globe and all of us here at ESL are looking very much forward to what Gamescom has to offer," he added.