​The ESL Pro League will return to Odense, Denmark, for the Season 8 finals in December.

After ​previously hosting the Season 6 Finals in Odense, ESL announced its return to the city Monday with the ​Season 8 Finals


"After competing for five weeks in online matches, starting Oct. 2, the best teams will compete in the Sparekassen Fyn Arena for the coveted trophy, a $1,000,000 prize pool, and a win counting towards the Intel Grand Slam," the post read.


ESL announced group stage matches will be held in front of a live audience for the first time. The group stage matches begin on Dec. 4-6, followed by the playoffs Dec. 7-9.


"The Danish crowd has proven their passion for ​Counter-Strike: Global Offensive as thousands of fans were cheering for their favorite teams in a sold out Sparekassen Fyn Arena. We already knew back then that we want to come back for more," ESL senior vice president of product Ulrich Schulze said in a news release.


Cover photo courtesy by Helena Kristiansson/ESL

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