ESL Pro League Finals to Take Place in France
ESL and WESA have partnered with Occitanie Region to hold the ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals in Montpellier as their first Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event set in France.
The CS:GO event will be the highlight of Occitanie Esports 2019, which will itself feature LAN tournaments for more than 800 players and a convention area with more than 50 booths.
The announcement confirms reporting published March 13 by French outlet VaKarM that the Finals would take place at the Sud de France Arena.
Group stages will take place June 18-20 at Montpellier Exhibition Center, followed June 21-23 by the playoffs at the Sud de France Arena. The top teams from Europe, North and South America, and the Asia-Pacific region will play for a $750,000 prize pool.
Carole Delga, president of the Occitanie and Pyrénées-Méditerranée Region, shared her enthusiasm for the event.
"It’s a first for France and consequently a real sense of pride for the Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée Region to have been chosen to host the Pro League Finals,” she said. “In doing so, Occitanie is building on its status as a region for innovation and digital creation due, to an increasingly capable and successful video gaming sector."