Six years ago, on one of the coldest March days in more than 25 years, history was made.
Øksnehallen in Copenhagen was the arena, when Saturday the 30th of march 2013 became the day, where Copenhagen Games found its champions in the first female CS:GO tournament in the esport festivals history. Counter Strike: Global Offensive was then still a fairly new game, when the German team ALTERNATE aTTaX won the BO3-finale 2-1 against French Millenium, and could call themselves the winners of Copenhagen Games’ first ever female CS:GO tournament. The ALTERNATE-ladies where understandably ecstatic when they received the first-place trophy and a check of 3.500 € on the main stage. 13 teams had then been in the run for the total prize pool of 7.000 €, where the runner ups Millenium received a check of 2.000 €, and the third to fourth place received 750 € each.
Winner: ALTERNATE aTTaX – 3.500 €
Runner up: Millenium – 2.000 €
Prize pool: 7.000 €
The following year, 2014, in the midst of April, the female CS:GO tournament resumed. Once again held in Øksnehallen and once again with a total prize pool of 7.000 €, just now distributed with a larger amount for the first prize - 3.700 € - a larger amount for the third to fourth place - 800 € each - and less for the second place with 1.700 € to take home. But from the tournament sponsor being only Sennheiser, a long list of sponsors had now announced their support, from Komplett.dk to Razer.
But as always, out of the 11 registered teams, only one could rise to the top. In a quite predictable finale, Swedish organization Bad Monkey Gaming took home the honor and trophy in front of the Frenchmen in Imaginary Gaming Female. The defending masters from 2013, ALTERNATE aTTax, was sent out in the semi-finals by the new champions from Bad Monkey Gaming.
Winner: Bad Monkey Gaming – 3.700 €
Runner up: Imaginary Gaming Female - 1.700 €
Prize pool: 7.000 €
In 2015 the prize pool had sunk to 6.700 €, but as a new thing the third place was now to be fought over, dividing the prize pool to now differentiate between bronze and fourth place. Thereby the winner would receive 3.300 €, second place 1.700 €, third place 1.000 € and the fourth place 700 €. Another novelty was the concept of seeding, so that the 12 registered team was ranked beforehand, so that four teams (amongst here the defending champions from Bad Monkey Gaming) were high seeded, four teams were low seeded (including the ALTERNATE-ladies, who won Copenhagen Games very first female tournament in 2013), and the remaining four teams was mid seeded. The teams was then equally divided into two groups to find the best to go on to play offs.
Surprisingly enough, it ended up being the mid seeded American team Karma, who took home the title as 2015-victors of the female CS:GO tournament after a nerve rackingly close finale against their high seeded compatriots in Ubinited. It was also two high seeded teams who had to settle to be the first to receive an actual third and fourth place in the tournament, respectively 3DMAX Female and former champions Bad Monkey Gaming.
Winner: Karma - 3.300 €
Runner up: Ubinited - 1.700 €
Prize pool: 6.700 €
With a total of 18 teams signed up for the fourth settlement of the Copenhagen Games female CS:GO tournament, the teams couldn’t be divided into a group A and B as usual. The solution became five groups, and the previous seeding-ranking and distinction between third and fourth place was not passed on. Furthermore, the tournament was for the first time only ranked as a minor tier instead of a major. Still, the prize pool was once again up at 7.000 € and the best female teams in the world were present, including the two tournament-favorites, American Counter Logic Gaming Red and European Team Secret, who expectedly went on to meet each other in the finale.
But what was not to be expected was that the match, which on paper looked thrilling close, ended up being a brutal humiliation of Counter Logic Gaming, who lost both maps, securing only six rounds in total.
Winner: Team Secret - 3.600 €
Runner up: Counter Logic Gaming Red - 1.700 €
Prize pool: 7.000 €
In 2017 the usual arena of Øksnehallen might have seemed a little smaller than normal. And that might be due to the enormous expansion Copenhagen Games had in teams signing up for the female CS:GO tournament. A staggering 29 teams, divided into 8 groups at the initial group stages, was fighting for the largest prize pool yet of the neat sum of 14.000 €. Therefore the 2017-champions would receive the first place of 7.500 €, meaning they could win more than the previous total prize pools, just for themselves. The second place would receive 3.500 €, thus the same amount the winners of the previous years got, leaving 1.500 € each for the third to fourth place. The rapid increase in horsepower stemmed from the new main sponsor, Copenhagen Municipality.
The historically high prize pool was matched by another historical event. The European team Team Secret went on to become the first team to win Copenhagen Games' female tournament two years in a row, being the heavy favorites from the start, wining nearly every tournament leading up to Copenhagen Games 2017. Their greatest opposition seemed to be the new comers from Team Dignitas, but they ended up in the third to fourth place, leaving another new comer in Copenhagen Games' auspice, the Russian team with the English sounding name, London Conspiracy Female, to grab the position as runner ups.
Winner: Team Secret - 7.500 € + hardware prizes
Runner up: London Conspiracy Female - 3.500 €
Prize pool: 14.000 €
For the first time, Copenhagen Games was to be held elsewhere than Øksnehallen due to the increased popularity of the event, and the choice fell on the larger convention center Bella Center Copenhagen. Here 25 teams were ready to battle for the tittle as 2018-champions in female CS:GO. Thanks to the new main sponsor Samsung, the prize pool yet again went on to be historically high, sounding at the impressive sum of around 22.000 €.
The double defending champions Team Secret was not amongst the 25 registered teams, but their winning roster was nearly identical with the line up of 2018-finalists international RES GAMING. But the three players who had been on the Team Secret-team in both their 2016- and 2017-victory - Swedish juliano and zAAz and Russian vilga - shouldn’t be the first players to lift the Copenhagen Games female tournament-trophy three times in a row.
RES GAMING was overtaken by Nordic Singularity FE, who surprised and proved themselves to be worthy winners and thereby the defending masters of Copenhagen Games female CS:GO tournament.
Winner: Singularity FE – 13.200 € + hardware prizes
Runner up: RES GAMING – 6.100 €
Prize pool: 22.000 €
This Easter in 2019, Copenhagen Games – and not at least the always exciting female CS:GO tournament – will be back, this time once more at a new Copenhagen venue called Lokomotivværkstedet. And once more the prize pool is blowing the roof! This year the girls will be battling for a crazy total prize pool of 26.800 €.
And the cool names for the ladies tournament are already rolling in: Team Dignitas, Wildfire Gaming and Galacticians United to name a few. So be ready to make even more history this Easter at Copenhagen Games!