Everything you need to know about the 2023 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive season

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has been around for over a decade now. The esports scene has been around even longer, with FPS pros competing in the earlier enactments of the game, Counter-Strike 1.6 and Source. With so much history and prestige, it’s no wonder that there’s a very organised structure to CSGO events in 2023.

CSGO has different tiers of tournaments, each varying in prize pools, structure, format and teams participating. Essentially, S-tier (Liquipedia rating), or tier 1 tournaments in Abios’ books, will have all of the top teams from around the world competing. They carry the most weight in the competitive scene, resulting in the highest viewership and largest prize pools.

For companies looking to build products around the esports ecosystem or sponsor teams, Abios has listed the most popular tournaments in CS:GO for 2023.

While some of the largest tournaments for 2023 haven’t been announced yet, here are the ones we know of so far:

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IEM Katowice 2023

Date:

  • Play-In: January 31 – February 1
  • Group Stage: February 2 – 5
  • Playoffs: February 10 – 12

Prize Pool: $1 million

Teams to Watch:

  • FaZe Clan
  • Team Vitality
  • Outsiders
  • Fnatic

This legendary event in Poland has an incredible prize pool and all of the top teams looking to prove themselves at the start of the season. Last year, the IEM Katowice finals against FaZe Clan and G2 Esports had a peak of 1.1 million concurrent viewers.

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IEM Spring 2023

Date: April 17 – 23

Prize Pool: $ 250,000

Teams to Watch:

  • TBD

ESL Pro League Season 17

Date: March 1 – April 2

Prize Pool: $835,000

Teams to Watch:

  • Astralis
  • BIG
  • Complexity Gaming
  • Fnatic
  • MOUZ
  • Heroic
  • Natus Vincere
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas

This month-long event has 24 of the best CSGO teams in the world coming together to prove themselves mid-season. Fifteen of the participating teams are permanent partners. They will initially be divided into four groups, with the top three from each group heading to the playoffs. The prize money is definitely a draw, but teams also want a chance at the additional BLAST Premier Circuit Points given to the top eight teams.

BLAST.tv Paris Major 2023

Date: May 8 – 21

Prize Pool: $1.25 million

Teams to Watch:

  • TBD

This S-tier tournament is taking 24 top teams to Paris for some intense action. With such an immense amount of money on the line, it’s sure to be about two weeks of incredible CSGO matches. Unfortunately, not much is known about the Major yet, including the teams and structure.

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IEM Dallas 2023

Date: May 29 – June 4

Prize Pool: $250,000

Teams to Watch:

  • TBD

IEM Dallas 2022 had 400K peak viewers during the grand finals. Taking place at DreamHack, this vibrant tournament features 16 teams duking it out between other colorful and chaotic video game-related activities.

IEM Cologne 2023

Date: July 27 – August 6

Prize Pool: $1 million

Teams to Watch:

  • TBD

IEM Cologne 2023 is one of the biggest CSGO esports events in Europe, nicknamed “The Cathedral of Counter-Strike.” There will be 24 teams fighting for the incredible prize pool and to be crowned the EPT Champion. This coveted and respected event will bring out some of the best moments in CSGO.

ESL Pro League Season 18

Date: August 15 – September 24

Prize Pool: $835,000

Teams to Watch:

  • Astralis
  • BIG
  • ENCE
  • FaZe Clan
  • G2 Esports
  • FURIA Esports
  • Natus Vincere
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • Team Vitality

This S-tier tourney will wrap up the 2023 seasons for ESL with some incredible, top-tier action. There are 15 permanent partner teams you can always expect to see there. But there are also slots for top teams that placed highest on the ESL world ranking. The teams will be split into four groups initially, duking it out to qualify for IEM Katowice 2024.

IEM Fall 2023

Date: Oct 16 – 22

Prize Pools: $ 250,000

Teams for Watch:

  • TBD

Apart from the competitions mentioned, we expect to see more BLAST Premier events and a second fall-Major. There will also be other tournaments at various levels of play such as the Elisa Invitational that are worth keeping an eye on.

With close to 10 years of experience in the esports industry, Abios is providing data from top-tier tournaments in CS:GO, League of Legends and Dota 2 to customers all over the globe. Make sure to reach out if you need schedules, results or head-to-head stats for your next esports project.

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