Copenhagen Games is turning 10 this year. This means a decade has almost past, with packed events with fans and players from all over the world. In this article, we will give you a little run down of how the Games have developed throughout the years in terms of the prize pool, teams and the games themselves.
When starting off the history of Counter-Strike at Copenhagen Games we must begin at the very beginning – Counter-Strike 1.6 and Counter-Strike: Source.
Copenhagen Games – Counter-Strike 1.6
Ten years ago, at the beginning of April was the very first Copenhagen Games. Backed with sponsors such as INTEL, Sennheiser and Ubisoft, the very first Counter-Strike tournament at Copenhagen Games could become a reality. Placed in Øksnehallen were 33 teams who had entered the tournament in hopes of being the first winner of Copenhagen Games. As the tournament went on, it started to look like smooth sailing for mTw, up until to Grand Final, where they had to face off against Shark Gaming which had a rocky path to the Grand Final. Yet there they were, the two best teams at the very first Copenhagen Games – Facing off against one another on the most classic map of all, de_duct2. Even though the game was close, mTw ended up victorious with a score of 16-10 in a BO1.
Winner: mTw – 25,000 DKK ($4,536.67 USD)
Runner up: Shark Gaming – 12,000 DKK ($2,177.87 USD)
Prize pool: 50,000 DKK ($9,070.79 USD)
After the first Copenhagen Games, it seemed as if the world of CS had opened their eyes to the tournament. It also seemed as if the sponsors had seen the potential in esport – And therefore tripled the prize pool, thus attract more people and more teams to the tournament. Thus 43 teams entered the tournament – Quite a few bigger teams also entered this time around, such as mousesports, Fnatic and SK Gaming. This meant it was the first time smaller semi-pro Danish teams got to play against the international elite. Last year’s winner mTw also entered the competition, but didn’t stand a chance versus Frag eXecutors – This meant that the Grand final would be between Frag eXecutors and SK Gaming. Even though SK Gaming was a top tier team, they just simply couldn’t manage against Frag eXecuters who took both maps in a BO3.
Winner: Frag eXecutors – 75,000 DKK ($14,630.3 USD)
Runner up: SK Gaming – 35,000 DKK ($6,827.48 USD)
Prize pool: 150,000 DKK ($29,260.61 USD)
When the 3rd Copenhagen Games came along at the beginning of April, the tournament only had a mere 31 participants. This was due to the famous Counter-Strike Global Offensive (CS:GO) just came out and a lot of players left Counter-Strike 1.6 in favour of the newer version. None the less, the tournament had not lost the bigger organizations as well as the sponsors. Both SK Gaming and Fnatic came back for another go for a chance to add yet another title to their name, but they also brought new challengers such as Natus Vincere and Copenhagen Wolves. Once the tournament began there were a lot of expectations to the pro team, and they defiantly delivered – Sadly, SK Gaming was eliminated by Team WinFakt in the semi-finals, but both Fnatic and Natus Vincere (NaVi) made it to the Grand Final. It was a tale of two giants meeting each other and what a thrilling show they put on. There were overtime and close maps, but it all ended in the favour of Fnatic who took home the one map they need to win it all.
Winner: Fnatic - €9,400 ($12,307,69 USD)
Runner up: Natus Vincere - €4,700 ($6,153.85 USD)
Prize pool: €20,000 ($26,186.58 USD)
Copenhagen Games – Counter-Strike: Source
At the same time as the tournament in Counter-Strike 1.6 was happening in Øksnehallen – In the other end of the venue was a whole other tournament in Counter-Strike: Source, with 33 participating teams and a slightly bigger prize pool. The Grand Final was between The Imperial and Reason Gaming. The first Grand Final in CS:Source ended up a long and intense game for both sides – but after a long and hard-fought game The Imperial took home the victory winning 2-1 in a BO3.
Winner: The Imperial - €3,300 ($4,468.10 USD)
Runner up: Reason Gaming - €1,600 ($2,166.35 USD)
Prize pool: €6,650 ($8,800.80 USD)
In the end of April 2011; players from all over the world went to Copenhagen Games for a chance to play amongst what we in 2019 see as some of the best players in the world. Players such as FalleN, zqk, NBK, Apex, ScreaM, device, gla1ve and HUNDEN – were all represented in the Counter-strike Source tournament of 2011. With such a pool of CS talent we knew that Copenhagen Games were doing something right, as 49 teams were competing that year. The tournament began and you could tell that the teams were going in headstrong, set on winning the title of Copenhagen Games Champions. The Grand Final was between VeryGames and CKRAS Gaming, which ended out being a smooth victory for VeryGames - taking both maps, leaving the final result 2-0 in a BO3.
Winner: VeryGames – 75,000 DKK ($14,630.631 USD)
Runner up: CKRAS Gaming – 35,000 DKK ($6,827.48 USD)
Prize pool: 150,00 DKK ($29,260.61 USD)
Once again, we were back in Øksnehallen in the heart of Copenhagen where another tournament in CS: Source would take place. This year a lot of sponsors for the tournament had changed – new sponsors such as Wonderful Copenhagen and DGI Byen emerged to support esports. With 32 teams participating in the hopes of taking home the trophy and the prize pool – a lot of close games were expected of these talents. And they didn’t disappoint – many games ended in a 2-1 and this was also the case for the Grand Final, which was between mousesports and mTw, where - after a long and dragged out Grand Final – mousesports stood as the winners of Copenhagen Games CS: Source 2012, in a BO3.
Winner: mousesports - €9,400 ($12,307.69 USD)
Runner up: Team ALERNATE – €4,700 ($6,153.85 USD)
Prize pool: €20,000 ($26,186.58 USD)
Copenhagen Games – Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
2012 was also the year we founded a new main tournament in a, back then, newly released Counter-Strike games called Global Offensive. This was the baby that would grow into what we today know was the biggest LAN tournament in Denmark. With a mere 8 teams competing and a small prize pool, no one could have predicted how big this tournament would grow. The entire tournament was played in a BO1, which is something that has now changed a lot, and it was played over two days. Once the Grand Final game along, it was down to SK Gaming and ESC Gaming to find out who was going to become the first champions of Copenhagen Games in CS:GO. After a close game on the most famous CS:GO map of all – de_dust2 – SK Gaming took home the victory and the prize pool of €1,000 EUR.
Winner: SK Gaming - €1,000 ($1,309.33 USD)
Runner up: ESC Gaming – Received hardware from Sound Blaster
Prize pool: €1,000 ($1,309.33 USD)
2013 is a special year when it comes to tournaments at Copenhagen Games. Instead of running CS 1.6, CS: Course and CS: Global Offensive all at once; it was decided to only have one major Counter-Strike tournament instead of three. It seemed like something the sponsors and the crowd loved. With a massive prize pool of €33,000 EUR, some of the biggest teams were lining up in Øksnehallen to take their shot at winning the first Copenhagen Games CS:GO major – with 33 participating teams everyone looked forward to seeing how difficult the tournament would be and to some teams, it was rather difficult. Though this didn’t seem to be an issue for Ninjas in Pyjamas, who won the Grand Final against Western Wolves in a BO1, which ended in a short 18 rounds with the score 16-2 to NiP.
Winner: Ninjas in Pyjamas – €16,500 ($21,157.13 USD)
Runner up: Western Wolves – €8,000 ($10,258 USD)
Prize pool: €33,000 ($42,314.25 USD)
As Counter-Strike tournaments all over the world were growing so was Copenhagen Games Main tournament. More teams were signing up, even if the prize pool had a minor setback. The tournament ran for multiple days in the well-known venue of Øksnehallen during the Easter holiday, where most of the 58 teams were eliminated one by one. Last standing were the two biggest team Ninjas in Pyjamas, last year’s winners, and Virtus.Pro. Even though it looked like a loss from the former winners, they managed to pull it back from a 0-1 to a 2-1 victory over Virtus.Pro in the Grand Final. This making them the only team to ever win Copenhagen Games twice in a row.
Winner: Ninjas in Pyjamas – €14,000 ($19,341.02 USD)
Runner up: Virtus.Pro – €6,000 ($8,289.01 USD)
Prize pool: €26,000 ($35,919.04 USD)
For the 6th year in a row, multiple international teams with return to Øksnehallen in the heart of Copenhagen to fight for the honour and prize pool. This year we saw a withdrawal of sponsors to the tournament but no change in the actual prize pool as the sponsors there wanted to support esport. With 32 participating teams the tournament moved along. In the end only two teams were left and in a close Grand Final between the former years' runner up Virtus.Pro and Team SoloMid – Virtus.Pro finally won Copenhagen Games’ Main tournament with a 2-0 victory.
Winner: Virtus.Pro – €14,000 ($15,054.62 USD)
Runner up: Team SoloMid – €6,000 ($6,451.98 USD)
Prize pool: €26,000 ($27,958.58 USD)
This year changed a lot when it came to both participants and prize pool. Only 16 teams were competing in the Main Tournament that year, with 8 of them being invited and the remaining 8 qualifying from the Qualifier which had a total of 60 teams – this excited sponsors as the prize pool was a whopping €30,000 EUR. With close games through the entire event there were plenty of games to look forward to. Of course, there still had to be a team to rise up and beat the rest. In 2016, that team was HellRaisers; who faced off in the Grand Final against E-Frag.net Esports Club. The first map went into overextended overtime while the second map win for HellRaisers came far easier. The Grand Final ended with a 2-0 map victory to HellRaisers who could now call themselves Copenhagen Games Champions.
Winner: HellRaisers – €17,000 (18,982.20 USD)
Runner up: E-Frag.net Esports Club – €8,000 ($8,932.80 USD)
Prize pool: €30,000 ($33,502.66 USD)
In 2017 the CS:GO Main tournament consisted of 7 invited teams and 9 qualified teams who faught their way through qualifier, which had 75 teams participating. Everyone knew the tournament grew bigger and bigger each year and the same happened in 2017 with the prize pool almost doubling in size compared to the previous year. As the Grand Final came close the teams were fighting everything they could – the talent pool within the tournament had grown bigger than the previous years with most of the BO3 was played out fully with all 3 maps. Sadly – this didn’t happen in the Grand Final, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a clash of two giants as the round were close. Team Singularity won 2-0 over Dreamchasers who fought a hard battle.
Winner: Team Singularity – €30,000 ($31,838.01 USD)
Runner up: Dreamchasers – €13,000 ($13,796.47 USD)
Prize pool: €53,000 ($56,561.60 USD)
On a snowy and cold day on March the 9th 2018 Copenhagen Games came around but this time not in its usual setting. This year Copenhagen Games had moved to a bigger venue, Bella Center Copenhagen, to fit more people and players than it was previously used to. Simply, it was going to be the biggest Copenhagen Games event to date. A total of 114 teams entering the qualifier in hopes of facing off against the 4 invited teams. This was a new format but also one that made more sense as none invited pro-teams had to qualify the old way. Copenhagen Games also offered a star-packed broadcast talent with analysts such a Pimp and vENdetta and commentators like James Banks and rizc (Niels Topp).
With so much talent and expertise, you could tell Copenhagen Games had expanded and developed into a new stage, wanting to compete with other majors. After some intense semi-finals only two teams were left – Heroic and Imperial. The first map looked like Heroic was going to take it all but Imperial found their strength and fought back. To most people’s surprise, Imperial beat Heroic 2-1 and would call themselves Champions of Copenhagen Games 2018.
Winner: The Imperial – $50,000 (€40,594.52 EUR)
Runner up: Heroic – $20,000 (€16,237.81 EUR)
Prize pool: $100,000 (€81,189,05 EUR)
What can we expect from Copenhagen Games in 2019? – First of all the prize pool is almost $100,000 USD (650,000 DKK/€87,259.79 EUR) which is the biggest the prize pool has ever been in the history of Copenhagen Games. Also, this year the event will be held at Lokomotivværkstedet in the heart of Copenhagen. Last year’s runner up, Heroic, has also been invited back to the games alongside OpTic Gaming.
There’s for sure something to look forward to this year and we cannot wait to see you at Lokomotivværkstedet from the 17th-20th of April!
Buy your tickets here.