is returning next month.

CS:GO, abbreviated from Counter Strike: Global Offensive, is a multiplayer FPS that has taken the esports scene by storm.

Continuing from the success of the LPL PRO Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Alpha Invitational, this trans-Tasman tournament will see some familiar faces – such as reigning champions Grayhound Gaming.

The second ANZ Invitational will kick off with a round robin on October 4 and continue on as a six-week tournament. Viewers will be able to tune in to the live broadcasts on SKY Sport and Twitch.tv/letsplaylive.

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Teams will battle it out for a prize pool of $10,000. The winners of the tournament will walk away with $5,000, with second and third placed teams taking home $3,000 and $2,000 respectively.

Playing for the prize pool are five teams from well-known ANZ esports organisations: Legacy, Tainted Minds, Chiefs, Breakaway and Greyhound Gaming. The 6th spot will be chosen through an open online qualifier.

Teams from ANZ will compete for the opportunity to place as the final team and qualify for the round robin tournaments.