Due to the worldwide effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, ESL has canceled the ESL One Rio 2020 CS:GO Major. In a statement released by the tournament organizer, the Valve-sponsored event which is played twice a year was in the stages of being salvaged, but ultimately could not be due to conditions on the ground in Brazil
ESL issued the following statement:
“Together with Valve we had to make the tough but safe decision to cancel the ESL One Rio Major 2020 due to the ongoing disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 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. All purchased tickets remain fully valid or can be refunded upon request.”
This is the first year since the inception of the tournament that will see no Majors being played.
ESL has also announced a new tournament intended to replace the Major – the Intel Extreme Masters Global Challenge. This event will feature a $500K USD prize pool and is intended to take place in Cologne, Germany from Dec. 15-20.
The ESL One Rio Major was originally scheduled to take place from May 11-24 but was rescheduled due to restrictions and guidelines put in place by international governments in order to halt the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ticket holders will have the option to use those tickets when new dates for the Major are announced or ask for a complete refund.
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