Head(shot) of the Class: Elite Counter-Strike Teams Compete for $1 Million in ESL Pro League Finals

by Mike Pepe

Speed. Aggression. Precision.

Whether you play Valve’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive — better known as CS:GO to millions of fans — or you’ve never heard of it, when played at the highest level this is a game like no other.

You’ll be able to see the game at its best this week when 12 top teams face off in Odense, Denmark, at the ESL Pro League finals.

And while the headshots may be digital, the stakes are very real. The prize pool is worth $1 million. Tens of thousands will watch the action live from Sparekassen Fyn Arena. Millions more will watch the live stream.

Twelve squads will be involved in this competition. Six from North America, and six more from Europe. Watch our video for the inside story on how this tournament will unfold, and a look at some of the competitors.

And if you’re a seasoned CS:GO player — or if you want to join in an experience that has become a global sensation and defined esports for a generation — grab an NVIDIA 10-series GeForce GTX GPU to see the game in all its glory.