ESL reportedly ready to return to CS:GO Major action in Rio
Think of it either as an act of high folly, or a guarantee that the COVID-19 Pandemic is about to be declared officially over. Dexerto is reporting plans for a major esports event this fall, specifically a CS:GO Major in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
That will mark a return to normalcy that’s been sadly missing from the world over the past 24 months. Developer ESL has planned a CS:GO Major for Rio in 2020, only to cancel it as the COVID-19 pandemic ripped its way across the world.
In the endless months that followed, major CS:GO events ended up shifting from LAN events to online events. CS:GO’s last major was in the spring of 2020 at IEM Katowice right before COVID-19 reshaped the world.
Brazil has been one of the countries hit hardest by the virus. The first case was reported on February 26, making if the first Latin American country to register an infected person. Since then infection rates have been consistently hight, to where a whopping 24 million people had reported COVID-19 infections as of January 23.
The first COVID death took place on March 18, 2020. In the two years that have followed 623,000 people have died from COVID-19. Things progressed so quickly that by the late spring of 2020 Brazil was forced to start burying the dead in mass graves.
And despite all this, ESL is currently working with Valve on the major for Rio. Which means the intention is to make sure that the CS:GO Major in Rio happens.
If everything goes ahead as planned the IEM Rio Major will take place from October 31 to November 13. The venues have not been announced even though it seems that the intention is to return to LAN play.