ESL announced Monday in accordance with Intel the $1,000,000 Intel Grand Slam to help add even more excitement to its Counter-Strike events.
For every $200,000 or higher ESL and DreamHack event beginning with ESL One Cologne next month, if any team wins four out of 10 events, it will receive $1 million. Further, if a team has won three events in such a span, beating that team in the grand final of a would-be fourth event (and Grand Slam title) would earn the winning team a $100,000 bonus. If a team wins four events out of 10, each team’s count will reset to zero and the competition will start over.
In the next month, ESL One Cologne, DreamHack Masters Malmo and ESL One New York all have prize pools of at least $200,000 and will qualify as Grand Slam events.
The Grand Slam is part of a larger announcement in which Intel will become the “Global Technical Partner” of ESL, in which Intel will become “the backbone of all ESL esports operations on a pro, amateur and grassroots level.” Intel will provide equipment for all ESL events.
“We have been one of the very first companies to believe in esports and have supported it for over 15 years,” Intel CMO Steven Fund said in a release. “This year, we have decided to take our commitment to the next level. We are excited to level-up our partnership with ESL, invest into the development of future esports stars, and create premier events like the Intel Grand Slam.”
Cover photo by Helena Kristiansson/ESL, eslgaming.com