The CSPPA proposes new offseason dates while ESL One Cologne remains in jeopardy.
The Counter-Strike Professional Players’ Association (CSPPA) and multiple tournament organizers are discussing a reschedule of the upcoming offseason breaks, according to a report from HLTV. The proposed change would fall on ESL One Cologne’s scheduled dates. The German tournament remains in question due to the country’s extended ban on large events.
The New Dates
ESL reportedly started the talks regarding a player break rescheduling alongside DreamHack and StarLadder. The coronavirus pandemic has caused most esports events to be canceled or postponed. This has resulted in a massive overhaul of the CS:GO tournament schedule. Originally scheduled to run from July 15th to August 15th, the new proposed dates reportedly place the summer player break on June 29th to July 31st.
The new summer break dates fall on ESL One Cologne. This was originally set to begin on July 6th and run until the 12th. Germany’s large event ban was recently extended, now running until the end of August. According to HLTV, ESL is exploring the option of rescheduling the Cologne tournament sometime in August. They would also be restructuring it for a studio environment.
The winter player break will also reportedly get a one-week extension, as suggested by the CSPPA and accepted by ESL, DreamHack, and StarLadder. This change was proposed after players who celebrate Orthodox Christmas, which falls on January 7th, were required to compete in the 2020 IEM Katowice Europe Closed Qualifier on January 9th. The added week would extend the winter break until January 17th.
None of these changes have officially been implemented yet.