DreamHack has announced that the upcoming Winter event will feature a major CS:GO tournament with a $250,000 prize purse.

One year after hosting the first-ever CS:GO major tournament, co-funded by Valve, DreamHack has announced that the 2014 Winter event, scheduled to take place between November 27-29, will also feature a whopping $250,000 prize pool.
The tournament will feature a total of 16 teams, with the top eight sides from the last major, ESL One Cologne, receiving invitations. The remaining teams will be determined through a series of online qualifiers, to be held this month.

NiP will try to defend their ESL One Cologne major title

A new aspect about this new major is that the event organisers will offer the 16 teams a special pre-event bootcamp, in order to assure that all participants have the best possible training conditions going into the tournament. DreamHack and Valve have decided that they will offer accommodation to all the teams during their stay in the Swedish capital.

"This will be a unique opportunity to build hype before the event and give all teams equal training conditions," said Tomas Lyckedal, Head of eSports at DreamHack.
"It’ not only a unique thing for DreamHack and the teams, but for the community as whole.
"We’re extremely excited about this opportunity and we have a lot of new ideas how the tournament will be presented on-site and online, and hope to offer one of the very best tournaments to date."

Below you can find the list with the teams who have been invited to attend DreamHack Winter following a top-eight finish in Cologne:

NiP fnatic
Titan dignitas
Virtus.pro Cloud9
Epsilon Na`Vi
DreamHack Winter 2014 schedule:

  • Pre-bootcamp in Stockholm (dates & location to be determined)
  • Thursday, November 27: Groupstage
  • Friday, November 28: Quarter-finals
  • Saturday, November 29: Semi-finals and final
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