May 23rd, 7:48am America/New_York

ESL Drops CS 1.6 as Main Title

Brett "Few" ESEA on Thu, 06/14/2012 11:38AM

Just under three months ago, while other event organizers were trying to plan for the future, we broke the news to you that IEM would be dropping Counter-Strike for the upcoming IEM season.

Today it has been announced that it will be dropped as a main title and may only appear in select locations along the tournament circuit. While no official announcement has been made that CS:GO will be used during this season, it would not be a long shot if they were to announce it. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will release on August 21st, 2012 and cost only $15.

The following was the announcement posted by Michal "Carmac" Blicharz, Director of Pro Gaming,
Counter-Strike 1.6 will be taken off the main titles list for the upcoming 2012-2013 Intel Extreme Masters season.

Over the six seasons in the Intel Extreme Masters, Counter-Strike 1.6 brought a lot of fantastic moments to our events and its community contributed enormously towards its global growth. We hope we have delivered a great deal of entertainment and emotions in return.

For a truly global project like ours, with events on four different continents and many different countries, we require game titles with professional players and teams from all corners of the world. In the recent years of Counter-Strike 1.6, the game has retained its status of a top professional game in Europe but declined in other parts of the world. This was evident at our events outside of Europe.

With this as the basis, we have decided to take Counter-Strike off the main titles list. This means that if CS 1.6 will be featured at an event, it will only be for certain events where it is a perfect fit for the Intel Extreme Masters locally.

The legacy of CS in the Intel Extreme Masters is one of the greatest stories in all of ESL. The names of the champions of all six seasons will be engraved on every Intel Extreme Masters season final trophy a player or a team will ever win.

Stay tuned to ESEA News as we continue to provide you the most up-to-date news about ESL, the future of Counter-Strike 1.6 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
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