Alibaba Announces $1.5m CSGO Event

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Chinese based e-commerce giant Alibaba has announced that it will host an international CS:GO tournament with a $1.5 million prize pool.

World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) will take place in China in December and over all the esports tournaments at the event will pay out a total of $5.5 million. Alibaba has invited other countries to submit applications for the 2017 iteration of WESG.

The $1.5 million prize pool is now the biggest prize pool for a CSGO tournament taking over the $1.2 million of ELeague.

Prize pools for other games at the tournament will be $1.5 million for DotA2, $400,000 for SC2 and $300,000 for Hearthstone.

Teams from across the globe will feature after a rigorous qualifying process starting in April.

Meanwhile, Alisports – Alibaba’s branch that will be in charge of the event – has announced that it will develop an anti-doping policy to “ensure the fairness” of the tournaments that will be hosted as part of the WESG.

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