Brazil could be set to host its first CS:GO Major in 2020, according to Jarek “DeKay” Lewis. The event could take place in May 2020, making it the first CS:GO Major of 2020. ESL hopes to organize the event in Rio de Janeiro and call it the ESL One Rio Major, and if the Rio Major is confirmed, it will mark the seventh time that ESL has hosted a Major CS:GO event. In 2019, ESL organised the IEM Katowice in February after a three-year absence.
Brazil could be set to host its first ever CS:GO Major in 2020, the event could be taking place in May 2020, making it the first CS:GO Major of 2020. DBLTAP confirmed that Brazil was rumored in September as one of the locations for the first CS:GO Major of 2020, according to DeKay. Modern Times Group, one of ESL’s parent companies, organized a tournament in Rio de Janeiro this year, the DreamHack Open Rio, which took place in back in April.
ESL has hosted other big LAN events in Brazil, such as the ESL Pro League season four finals in São Paulo in 2016 and ESL One Belo Horizonte in 2018. Although few tournaments have caught up with the CS:GO Majors in terms of total prize pool, the CS:GO majors remain the most prestigious tournaments in CounterStrike: Global Offensive.
Besides the prize money, every team and player that attends the CS:GO Major gains an in-game sticker, which is sold to everyone on Steam. ESL are yet to finally confirm the ESL One Rio Major at the time of writing.
HLTV’s MIRAA points out notable issues with the company’s last event held in Brazil, stating that DreamHack Open Rio was marred by technical problems, low attendance and the unfortunate cancellation of the PUBG and Rainbow Six tournaments. However, other top-tier CS:GO events in the country, like the BLAST Pro Series: São Paulo 2019, ESL’s 2018 event in Belo Horizonte and the Pro League Season 4 finals (also hosted by São Paulo) in 2016 suggest the interest and the infrastructure is present to pull off such an endeavor.
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