CS:GO Rio Major Gets Postponed
The CS:GO Rio Major, set to run May 11-24 in Rio De Janeiro, has been postponed by host ESL following coronavirus concerns. The event will instead go ahead later this year in November. The Major scheduled for that period replaces it. It will merge their two prize pools for a CS:GO record of a $2 million prize pool. The tournament main stage event will now take place from November 19-22.
“Our decision is an extremely tough one, but health and safety have to take absolute priority,” said Ulrich Schulze, ESL senior vice president of product, in a press release. “Given the very difficult circumstances for live events, we still wanted to give the Brazilian fans the CS:GO Major they deserve. We ask everyone to stay safe and we are pleased to be able to continue to deliver some quality CS:GO esports content to the community during these troubling times, while we prepare the Rio Major for November.”
Another One Bites the Dust
The CS:GO Rio Major postponed is the latest esports event to suffer from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Multiple events across the globe for many titles have canceled or postponed in the last month.
ESL’s Dota 2 Major, set to take place this past weekend, postponed due to the ongoing pandemic. Meanwhile, all Overwatch League canceled matches for March and April. Several higher-ups for the league noted on their accounts that matches would move to online instead. The Rainbow Six Siege Pro League Finals also canceled due to the pandemic.
The move to online has been a common solution for many leagues. The LCS and LEC both moved to online play for the rest of the season. The ESL Pro League moved online as well. Many of these leagues see huge gains in popularity with traditional sports forced to cancel.
We’ll continue to keep you updated as the situation around the coronavirus outbreak continues to develop, so stay tuned.