After an explosive fourth Major title win from Denmark’s Astralis in September 2019, CS:GO fans have been wondering when the next Major will happen.
They usually wouldn’t have to wait as long, but due to Valve’s newly-adopted schedule and the global COVID-19 pandemic, the next Major won’t be until Nov. 9. This leaves over a year of downtime before Astralis can once again attempt to defend their title.
The first Major tournament of the year was meant to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in May, but it’s been postponed until November. Consequently, for the first time since the CS:GO competitive circuit began in 2013, there will only be one Major event this year.
ESL One: Rio 2020 will feature 24 teams from across the world for a RM8.6 million ($2 million) prize pool—the highest in Counter-Strike history. Representatives from Europe, North America, South America, CIS, Asia, and Oceania will all take part in the event.
Once the COVID-19 crisis has simmered down and everyday life is back to normal, CS:GO Majors will run on a biannual schedule. In 2021, if all goes according to plan, the first Major of the year will kick off on May 10 and the second will be in November.