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Unikrn sponsors CSGO United Master's League return with $150k prize pool

by Michael Gwilliam

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CS:GO teams will be competing for a $150,000 prize in the second season of the United Masters League in the fall.

The 9-week event, plus the grand final, is being sponsored by Unikrn, one of the leaders in esports betting. 

Additionally, GRID esports will be partnering with Unikrn to provide stats and data to enhance the viewing experience. They aim to launch their new Overlay Broadcasting Tool when the tournament begins. 

Fans watching the tournament will be eligible to place bets on their own CS:GO matches with Unikrn UMode. So far, this is the only way for players to bet on their own games.

“Unikrn is a proud investor in developing rising esports talent,” Unikrn CEO Rahul Sood said. “UML Season 1 created opportunity and experience which propelled several participating teams up the CS:GO rankings — creating opportunities for players at every level is core to Unikrn’s esports-first mentality.” 

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Valve

“United Masters League Season 1 knocked viewers out with its data resolution,” said Moritz Maurer, CEO of GRID Esports, “GRID is continuing to push the boundaries of what can be achieved for esports fans with seamless data integration into broadcast analysis.”

Tournament Format 

The event will be split into three parts. 

Phase 1 —  GSL Qualifiers, Four weeks of Qualifiers

In the first portion, there will be four weeks of qualifiers with eight teams playing in GSL groups. At the end of each week, the top seed will play the second seed from the other group. The winners will advance to the next phase to play each other for seeding. 

Any team who doesn’t advance will have another opportunity next week with two additional challengers competing. 

Phase 2 — League Play, Swiss System, 8 Invited Teams with 8 Qualified Teams

In the second phase, eight of the invited teams will play a Swiss-style group stage. Teams with a similar performance will compete in best of three matches for five weeks. 

Two teams will be eliminated in this phase and eight will advance onto phase 3. 

Phase 3 — Single-Elimination Bracket for $90,000 Grand Prize

The last portion is an eight team final bracket with the remaining teams fighting for the grand prize. Last year's final was in Osnabrück, Germany with Valiance winning it all.

Teams will be announced in August and September with Phase One expected to begin on October 2, 2019.