Last year, we saw The International being broadcasted on TV via ESPN while the game enjoyed its own nOOb stream so that the novices can understand the intricacies of the Meta. Meanwhile, CS: GO is so simple that users who haven’t played it before can easily understand it. However, if an annual event was to occur, matching the like of The International, ESPN would love to feature it. On top of that, the main steam publicity will cause the number of CS: GO fans to skyrocket.
One of the main reasons behind the success of Dota 2’s The International has been the compendium. It allows players to increase the prize pool of the tournament by purchasing various in-game items with real-world money.
With a prize pool that goes beyond the millions, it is easy to bring in new fans from around the world and ensure that the teams competing always strive to up their gameplay. Furthermore, new styles of tournaments like that of XMG Captains Draft and The Summit have been possible thanks to the community funding the main prize pool. Following a trend like this will put a lot of money in Counter Strike: Global Offensive.
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