Hitbox is going to be exclusively in charge of the broadcast of the World Championship 2015–the first (and only!) Counter Strike: Global Offensive international competition. The competition starts October 8 and will wrap up on October 11 at the Sava Center in Belgrade, Serbia. You can check it out online via Hitbox. Streaming is free.
16 nations will be competing for the World Champion title. The United States, Canada, China, Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Singapore, Tunisia, Serbia, France, Sweden, Poland, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Norway and Russia are all participating with teams. Team rosters include popular players like Richard “shox” Papillon from France, Chris “chrisJ” de Jong from the Netherlands, and Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom from Belgium.
The players have the opportunity to win $100,000 in prizes. The competition itself was organized by E-Frag, “the leading online gaming portal focused on Counter Strike: Global Offensive.” 79 teams–over 1,000 players in total–have participated since May. The World Championship grew out of the original European Counter Strike Championship, which drew more than 20 million viewers last year.
The esports activities in Belgrade will also include other popular games and attractions, including League of Legends, DOTA 2, PES, and Hearthstone.
Counter Strike: Global Offensive is a first-person shooter released in 2012, developed by Valve Corporation and Hidden Path Entertainment. Global Offensive is the fourth game in the Counter Strike series, and is popular among esports fans.