The Counter-Strike community continues to inspire me with its most recent news of raising $250,000 for the DreamHack SteelSeries Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) Championship. Obviously it’s not as inspiring as it would be if it were raising money to save children across the world or something, but I really love how the Counter-Strike community is always there for each other. Don’t have a sponsor? That’s okay, let’s all just chip in $10 and bam – all of a sudden there’s $250,000 in a prize pool.
The CS:GO crowd-funding initiative began several weeks ago with the release of The Arms Deal Update, which offers players in the community special in-game items. A portion of the sales revenue from those items is then placed into a tournament prize fund. Through this initiative, The 2013 DreamHack SteelSeries CS:GO Championship will be one of the largest cash awards in Counter-Strike’s history and the initiative is designed to help fuel prize pools at other upcoming CS:GO events.
Hosted in Jonkoping, Sweden, DreamHack is to date the world’s largest digital festival, and holds the official world record as world’s largest LAN party in the Guinness Book of Records.