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ESL confirms upcoming Major in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

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Last Wednesday the 11th, ESL announced on its official Twitter that the next CS:GO Major will be held in the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. After many rumors about the case, it can now be confirmed, there will be the first Counter Strike Global Offensive Major in a South American country.

This will be the first time Brazil will host the competition, which is known to be the largest within CS:GO. The championship is overseen by the game's own developer, Valve. The Major will be awarded $1 million and points for the Intel Grand Slam, a side competition that awards another $ 1 million to the winning cast. The event will start on April 26th with the Minors, but will only be open to the public in the playoffs between 21st and 24th May.

After the official announcement by the ESL, the Brazilian community went crazy and can't wait to follow the best teams in the world in their country. Entries to the competition, which is the most important on the CS:GO competitive calendar, sold out in just one hour, as the organizer posted on her social networks.

Ulrich Schulze, ESL Senior Vice President of Product, commented on the event:

“We are extremely happy and proud to be able to host the next major in Brazil. Our goal is to bring moments of total connection with eSports to the most passionate fans and reward them by creating a unique experience at every level. With teams from all over the world getting a chance to qualify and reach the final, we hope the games are fantastic and the crowd is the liveliest we've ever seen. ”

ESL announced Rio de Janeiro as host city of the next Major of CS:GO (Image: ESL)

Check out the full schedule of the event:

Minors – April 26 – May 3: Minors will receive a total of 32 teams, 8 from each region (EU, Americas, Asia and CIS) determined through online qualification. Each Minor will determine the top two teams in each region, narrowing the number to 8 teams, which will go directly to the Challenger Stage. Third place in each region will compete in a Play-In for two other places on the Challenger Stage.

Challenger Stage – May 11-14: The Challenger Stage will feature 16 teams in total: ten from the Minors and six teams that have qualified between the 9th and 14th positions of the Major in Berlin.

Legends Stage – May 16-19: Legends Stage will provide eight teams that have surpassed the Challenger Stage and the elite CS: GO teams that ranked in the top 8 positions in the Berlin Major have the opportunity to get closer to earn a share of the $ 1 million.

Champions Stage – May 21-24: Eight teams that have survived the Legends Stage will face off in the Champions Stage playoffs at the Jeunesse Arena. The playoffs will be played in knockout format in games better than three maps. The grand final will be on May 24, on the main stage of Jeunesse Arena.

Brazilian, 23 years old, I follow eSports since 2010 with a good experience in Counter Strike Global Offensive, Fortnite, League of Legends and Valorant with articles and news published in the electronic sports scene.