Valve scraps plans for spring 2021 CS:GO Major
CMD368 – Valve is canceling plans to host a Counter-Strike Major in the spring of 2021, the game developer told tournament organisers on Saturday morning in an email that was obtained by HLTV.org. Valve had planned to host its first Major of 2021 between May 10-23. It had begun accepting proposals for that event in May 2019, when it released the Major calendar for the following two years.
Valve’s decision is believed to have been made because the coronavirus pandemic — which has forced many esports events in 2020 to be cancelled, including two Counter-Strike Majors — is still an issue across the globe. In September, the game developer announced that it would “hold off on scheduling Majors until, at a minimum, Regional Major Ranking (RMR) LAN events are safe to hold around the world.”
“We are still disentangling our prior commitments, and currently have both a partner and an EU venue designated for a Major later in 2021,” Valve said on Saturday. “Assuming it makes sense to proceed, the event will take place October 25-November 7 with a potential play-in event October 23-24.”
Another European Major would set it at four in a row for the continent starting with the FACEIT Major in London, IEM Katowice, and the StarLadder Major in Berlin. Valve added that it still doesn’t have any new information about the Regional Major Ranking (RMR), the qualifying process created in April. The game developer also welcomed feedback from tournament organisers regarding the system and the types of events that are eligible.