Finland’s ENCE scoops major esports tournament second spot

Danish side won the $500,000 prize money, but the Finns got $150,000 for second place.

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Katowice stadium for esport final / Credit: Jussi Jääskeläinen, Twitter

Finland’s ENCE team were pipped in the finals of one of esport’s biggest tournaments, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, on Sunday night.

They lost the best-of-three final in Katowice, Poland, to a determined Danish team Astralis 2-0.

“They were the better team today but we are so proud of our achievement in this event. We are legends and we’ll be back!” the team Tweeted after the

The second place finish is the highest ever for a Finnish esports team in the major tournaments sponsored by Valve.

The prize money for the winner is $500,000, while ENCE pockets $150,000 for their second place result.

The co-owner of Astralis tweeted his congratulations to the Finnish side, saying “I know this is tough, and I know how much you wanted this, but you guys have proven yourself in a way, only a few players could ever dream of”.