Esports tournament organiser PGL has announced it will host the first Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major following a two-year break.
According to the press release, the event will also be the first CS:GO Major to be broadcast in 4K.
The event will take place in Stockholm, which is the third time a Major has taken place in the country since November 2013. Coincidentally, the event will also be the third Major that PGL has hosted. The tournament organiser previously hosted the Cluj-Napoca Major in 2015 and the Krakow Major in 2017.
Silviu Stroie, CEO of PGL, commented on the news in a release: “First of all, my colleagues and I are passionate fans of CS. We grew up and watched this game getting bigger and bigger, just at the same pace as our development as a company. We have timeless memories with our past Counter-Strike shows, and, honestly, we owe a lot to this game, as players and as a company.
“We believe that this community deserves the best product this franchise has ever seen. Our goal is to celebrate the game in the best way possible, and we will work hard for this.”
Depending on the COVID-19 pandemic, the Major is set to take place from October 23rd to November 7th 2020. Some of the best CSGO teams in the world are set to participate in the competition with organisation’s battling it out for the lion’s share of its $2 million (£1.45M) prize pool, the largest amount recorded for a Major.
If all health and safety criteria is met, the event will be held at the Ericsson Globe in front of a live audience, marking the event as one of the first to be held offline and to feature a live audience.
Esports Insider says: The COVID-19 pandemic saw the cancellation of ESL One: Rio, much to the disappointment of fans. With the rollout of a vaccine across the world, there’s a real chance that the PGL Major will go ahead in the latter half of 2021. Let’s hope it does!