Valve has announced four Regional Minor Championships that will be hosted in January.
The Minor Championships have been created to help lesser known teams in the scene get exposed and gain experience of what it is like to play on the big stage.
The playoffs of each major will be streamed live in-client to regional viewers.
Each minor will have a $ 50,000 Prize Pool and the winner will also be invited to the offline qualifier for the upcoming major.
To be eligible to play in a Regional Minor the majority of the players in the team must be citizens of a country in that region. In addition, no players in a team can have played in the previous major.
The Asia region minor will be hosted by ESL at the Taipei stop on the Intel Extreme Masters Season X tour.
This will be the first Intel Extreme Masters Season Counter Stike tournament since 2010 when the Intel Extreme Masters Asian Championship was held in Counter Stike 1.6.