ESL One Rio Cancelled: No CS:GO Majors For 2020
Posted 14th September 2020 By: Derpina    53 Views
Esports News – The COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc around the world. The CS:GO esports industry was severely hit and is recovering. Postponing plans, tournament organizer ESL finally announced that there will be no CS:GO Majors this year. ESL One Rio, the final major tournament which was supposed to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in November, is officially cancelled.
ESL tried to salvage the last CS:GO Major of the year by looking for alternative venues and tournament formats. Valve agreed to postpone the event from May to November earlier this year. However, the global situation is unlikely to improve in November and even by the end of the year. Additionally, Brazil recently recorded over 4 million COVID-19 cases and 100,000 deaths.
With a heavy heart, ESL announced the cancellation in a press release:
“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.”
The cancellation of ESL One Rio marked the first year without a single CS:GO Major event since the series began in late 2013. Organizers normally hold two Majors as highlighted events that conclude the CS:GO calendar during Spring and Fall.
Here’s what the CS:GO calendar looks like from September to December 2020 until ESL releases more updates:
- Update: ESL One Rio 2020 Major
- October: IEM New York 2020 – Online
- November: IEM Beijing-Haidian 2020 – Online
- December: IEM Global Challenge 2020
At this stage, the CS:GO Major in Rio remains in ESL’s plans. The event is merely postponed and would likely return next year. Tickets purchased for ESL One Rio will remain valid until the tournament organizer announces a replacement event, but fans can still request for a full refund this year.