UK esports and casinos: a match made in heaven. And now they're coming together to host an esports tournament.
epic.LAN and Grosvenor Casinos have partnered for a new community CSGO competition with a £10,000 prize pool.
CSGO matches will take place at Grosvenor venues across the country in a series of one-day events from July to August.
PCs will be provided, so all players and teams have to do is turn up (with the option to bring their own accessories like keyboards and mice).
The one-day events will have PCs provided, so all you have to do is turn up (with your own peripherals if you prefer).
Qualifiers will be taking place at:
- Grosvenor - Newcastle – 14th July
- Grosvenor - Coventry – 21st July
- Grosvenor – Manchester - TBC
- Mecca – Glasgow Quay – 11th August
- Grosvenor – Reading (South) – 18th August
"We wanted to work with epic.LAN to offer tournaments outside of London, bringing it to the players and helping grow to our UK talent."
Callum Scott, Rank Group/Grosvenor Casinos
Winners will go on to the grand final at Grosvenor Coventry later this year to compete for the grand prize.
Each qualifier winning team will receive £750 and runners up will take home £250, with the grand final champions taking £3,000, second place £1,500 and third place £500.
Qualifier tickets cost £50 per team to enter and the tournament is restricted to ages 18 and over.
Jon Winkle, epic.LAN MD, commented: “epic.LAN has always provided community-level tournaments for esports and recognises that some of the barriers to taking part in esports for new teams are the costs of entry and transport. That’s why we’re really looking forward to delivering this new tournament series with the team from Grosvenor Casinos so we can bring esports straight to the community and give more people opportunities to get involved."
Callum Scott, events & entertainment project manager at Grosvenor parent company Rank Group, added: "We are very excited about working with epic.LAN. Having played for 10 years, I know how hard it can be to get some much-needed LAN experience.
"We wanted to work with epic.LAN to offer tournaments outside of London, bringing it to the players and helping grow to our UK talent. It’s all about building a starting point for our future world-class teams.”
Those interested can take part in the tournament and follow all the results at grosvenor.epiclan.net.