$30,000 GeForce Cup Announced for CSGO

by Steven Cropley

GeForce Cup
(Photo: GeForce)

GeForce has unveiled it's $30,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament, the GeForce Cup. The event will consist of eight teams competing during the ESPORTS NOW 2017 event. The event will be hosted in Centennial Hall located in Wroclaw, Poland from May 27 to 28.

Four invitations were already sent out to teams while four more will make their way into the event via online qualifiers. There will be four open qualifiers that will send the top two from each to the closed qualifier where four will earn a spot in the main event.

Registration for the first qualifier will begin April 8.The qualifier is scheduled to play out from April 12 to 13.

The invited teams are No. 18 Kinguin, No. 20 Space Soldiers, Fnatic Academy, and PENTA Sports.

GeForce provided details on each invited team on its website. The information can be found below:

Space Soldiers 

  • Engin 'MAJ3R' Küpeli
  • Çağatay 'DESPE' Sedef                             
  • Ahmet 'paz' Karahoca
  • Buğra 'Calyx' Arkın
  • Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dörtkardeş

Space Soldiers, born in early 2015, is a Turkish gaming organisation. Composed of best players from the entire country, the team is often referred to as the "super team". Ismailcan 'XANTARES' Dortkardes, the shining star of the team, plays for Space Soldiers, since the team was established. Space Soldiers are regularly recognised in the Top 30 HLTV.org standings.

Team achievements:

  • 4th place at World Electronic Sports League 2016
  • 1st place at WESG 2016 Middle East & Africa Finals
  • 1st place at ASUS ROG Summer 2016
  • 1st place at CS:GO Champions League Season 3

PENTA Sports 

  • Kevin “HS” Tarn
  • Jesse “zehN” Linjala
  • Miikka “suNny” Kemppi
  • Kevin “kRYSTAL” Amend
  • Paweł “innocent” Mocek

On the basis of cooperation agreement, the PENTA Sports team was established and comprises of five smaller organisations. PENTA players have participated in the Major league plays twice: At the Dream Hack Winter 2014 and at the ESL One Katowice 2015. At early 2017, the team undergone major changes; four players were replaced, and the current base squad includes i.e. Pawel 'innocent' Mocek, who is widely known to Polish audience.

Team achievements:

  • 1st place at ESL Meisterschaft: Summer 2016
  • 1st place at 99Liga S2 Div. 1
  • 5-8th place at ESL One: Katowice 2015
  • 5-8th place at DreamHack Winter 2014

Fnatic Academy 

  • Niclas “PlesseN” Plessen
  • Alex “Karus” Sağlamoğlu
  • Linus “Bååten” Andersson
  • Maikil “Golden” Selim
  • David “Jaywalkingz” Kempner

In the mid-2016, one of the best gaming organisation in the world, Fnatic, decided to open an academy. Oriented at training new talents under the banner of a known organisation, the new team was established.

Team achievements:

  • 2nd place at China Cup I
  • 5-6th place at DreamHack Leipzig 2017
  • 1st place at 2016 China Top

Team Kinguin 

  • Michał “MICHU” Müller
  • Grzegorz “SZPERO” Dziamałek
  • Mikołaj “mouz” Karolewski
  • Karol “rallen” Rodowicz
  • Damian “Furlan” Kisłowski

Team Kinguin is widely known to the Polish audience. From several months, the team colours are represented by fully Polish squad; its coach is the legend of Polish Counter Strike community, Mariusz "Loord" Cybulski.

Teams' achievements:

  • 2nd place at World Electronic Sports League 2016
  • 3rd and the fourth places at DreamHack Winter 2014
  • 2nd place at Acer Predator Masters Season 3
  • 1st place at Fantasy Expo Challenge Season 3