ASUS ROG announces a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament with eight teams and a $25,000 prize pool taking place at ASSEMBLY Winter in Helsinki on January 30-31st.

This winter ASUS ROG Tournaments continue at the Finnish computer festival ASSEMBLY, once again featuring Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Get ready to follow the hottest FPS game in eSports as ASUS ROG CS:GO Winter 2015 begins on January 30th with a $25 000 USD prize pool.

The tournament will consist of eight teams gathered through direct invitations and online qualifiers, which will be announced later. With the Counter-Strike scene now thriving in the Nordic countries once again, we expect a strong representation from the region and hope to see contenders rise up to challenge the North from around Europe.

While ASUS ROG CS:GO Winter 2015 will be the second venture of ASUS ROG Tournaments into CS:GO, the Finnish LAN event has a long tradition in Counter-Strike competitions. At ASUS ROG Summer 2014 Tournament, Danish myRevenge e.V. took down Finnish ENCORE in the grand final.

You may freely raise your expectations and start the hype, as we aim high to create a memorable show with stellar production, and take part in the return of the king of FPS games to the throne of Nordic eSports. We are also glad to add Tomi "lurppis" Kovanen as the head admin of the CS:GO tournament.

Quick facts

  • Dates: Fri 30th January - Sat 31st January 2015
  • Place: Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre, Helsinki, Finland
  • Teams: 8
  • Prize pool: $25,000 USD
  • Format: Group stage (Bo1) & Single elimination Playoffs (Bo3)
  • Streams:Free HD Twitch stream + community streams
  • Participation: Invitations & online qualifiers
  • Tournament rules: TBA
  • Twitter: @ROGtournament


Streams & Casters

The tournament will provide a free HD main stream on Twitch. The stream production will be handled by Black Molly Entertainment.

On top of the main stream , ASUS ROG CS:GO Winter 2015 is open to community streams. They will help to cover the event in different languages as well as catch the matches running off the main stream. If you wish to broadcast the tournament, please send us an application by the end of December 2014.


All times are local time EET (GMT+2).

Friday, January 30th

  • 17:00 Group A
  • 21:00 Group B


Saturday, January 31st

  • 12:00 Semi Final, Match 1
  • 15:00 Semi Final, Match 2
  • 19:00 Third place decider
  • 22:45 Grand final



The prize pool of the tournament is $25,000 USD. It is distributed to the top four teams as follows:

1. $12,000
2. $7,000
3. $4,000
4. $2,000


The tournament will be played with a double elimination group stage and a single elimination playoffs stage. In the group stage the eight teams will be divided into two groups from which the top two teams proceed to the playoffs stage. The group matches are played in best-of-one and the playoff matches are played in best-of-three.


There are two ways to gain one of the eight spots in the tournament, either by receiving a direct invitation, or through an online qualification tournament. In order to receive an invitation, teams must first request it by filling out an application form. Details about the online qualifications will be released later. However, everyone is encouraged to request an invitation first, and to participate in the qualifiers second if need be.

The participation in the tournament for the whole team costs €250, which includes six eSports passes. The passes allow entrance to the tournament area and to the players lounge provided by the Finnish eSport Federation (SEUL).