ESL cancels CS:GO Major tournament in Brazil


One of the biggest yearly events in ESports has been cancelled. That’s because the COVID-19 pandemic continues to alter life as we used to know it. ESL One games has decided to pull the plug on its CS:GO Major tournament in Brazil.

This will make the first time that there hasn’t been a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major since 2013. Typically there are as many as three Majors per year.

ESL announced the news on its website and socials this morning.

CS:GO Major tournament looked unsafe

The post includes the following:

“Together with Valve we had to make the tough but safe decision to cancel the ESL One Rio Major 2020 due to the ongoing disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We worked through several alternative options down to the last hour to make the Major a reality, but ultimately have to face the fact that the global situation currently does not allow for a Major to take place.

“While Valve is currently not able to say when and how Majors will return, as soon as they do we’ll work to bring the Major to Rio. New dates will be announced once a return for an in-arena Major is safe for everyone involved. All purchased tickets remain fully valid or can be refunded upon request.”

Brazil has some of the most devoted CS:GO fans on the planet. The 2020 Major was to be the first held in the country. Plans were for the event to take place at Rio de Janeiro’s Jeunesse Arena In May. However that was moved to the fall as COVID-19 outbreaks began to take place across the globe.

This fall’s tournament was to have featured a prize pool of US$2 million. If that doesn’t give you an idea of the scale of the event, consider that Jeunesse Arena has a capacity of 18,000.

CS:GO action will continue

The good news is that CS:GO action will continue to take place online. Watch for the ESL IEM Global Challenge tournament later this year in Cologne, Germany.

Assuming organizers can ensure all safety protocols are met, eight teams will travel to Germany to compete offline. Carrying a US$500,000 prize pool, the IEM Global Challenge is a December 15-20 replacement for the CS:GO Major tournament.

Also worth noting are the IEM New York in October, and the IEM Beijing-Haidian 2020 in November. The former features 32 teams. Coming from three regional divisions (Europe, North America, and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), they will compete for $250,000. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

The IEM Beijing-Haidian also features 32 from the regional divisions of Europe, North America, Asia, and Oceania. Up for grabs is US$250,000 and ESL Pro Tour points for next year’s Masters Championship in Katowice.

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

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