sports Technology, Platinum Sponsor at SiGMA Europe, announced Thursday it will exclusively present a live “Counter Strike: Global Offensive” tournament, the SiGMA Esports Technologies Cup, where legends of the game will team up and take on the next generation of players.
Eight teams will battle over the three days of the SiGMA exhibition, which will be held at the Malta Fairs & Conventions Centre from November 16-18. Winners will take a trophy and prizes from a pool of $15,000. The tournament will take place at the dedicated Esports Arena within the Sigma Esports Village.
Among the teams will be Astralis Talent from Denmark, SAW Youngsters from Portugal and Eversio from Malta. There will also be a wildcard team assembled by Esports Technologies and Emil “HeatoN” Christensen, who will also captain the team. HeatoN is an esports manager and former Swedish professional Counter-Strike player, formerly team captain of Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP). HeatoN was the manager of NiP up until October 2018 and is widely considered one of the best Counter-Strike players of all time.
A series of closed online qualifiers will also be taking place on HLTV from November 3–6 to determine which two teams will join the teams listed above in Malta. Live streams for these online qualifiers as well as the live event will also be available on Twitch.
During SiGMA Europe, Esports Technologies will also be hosting an Esports workshop where delegates can learn more about the future of Esports and the key trends impacting the sector—which is on track to reach $20.7 billion by 2027, according to recent research from Valuates Reports. The workshop will be co-hosted by esports industry leaders.
Mark Thorne, CMO, Esports Technologies, spoke in a press release about the event and said, “We are excited to be participating so prominently in this year’s SiGMA Europe, one of the truly elite events in the world of gaming. This event reflects well on Malta’s emergence as an international hub for the esports industry.”
SiGMA Group founder Eman Pulis added: “We’re going all out for what promises to be our biggest event yet. Esports is one of the fastest-growing verticals out there right now, and we’re excited to partner with Esports Technologies and Gamers.com.mt to bring the best of this explosive, vibrant ecosystem to Malta Week.”