Perfect World announced the CS2 major to be held in Shanghai, China, which will be a milestone event in the Asian CS2 community in the first quarter of 2024
Shanghai, China, will host the second Counter-Strike Major of 2024, Perfect World has officially declared, marking a significant milestone for the esports industry. This historic December event will be the first Major to be held in China and the Asia-Pacific area, which is a huge accomplishment since Valve started supporting Majors in 2013.
When HLTV announced that Valve planned to hold the second Major in Shanghai in 2024, the excitement surrounding this historic occasion began to build in July. The Regional Major Ranking (RMR) qualifiers are expected to start around the end of October, and the Major itself is expected to be in the middle of December. Perfect World hasn't yet verified the precise dates, though.
This event is being led by Perfect World, a seasoned organizer in China's esports sector. There are great hopes for the Shanghai Major because of their track record of organizing international LAN events, which includes hosting prestigious tournaments like the recent Perfect World Arena Premier League and the ongoing CS Asia Championships. The corporation has a long history in esports, and its contributions to Dota 2 are visible at competitions like the Supermajor in 2018, the Asia Championships in 2016, and the Dota Shanghai Major in 2016.
Perfect World Esports will be the host and organizer of the second Counter-Strike 2 Major of 2024, to be held in Shanghai, China.
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— Perfect World Esports (@PWRDEsports) November 12, 2023
It's interesting that the most recent statement made no mention of PGL's involvement—the company was previously believed to be working with Perfect World to organize the first Major of 2024 in Copenhagen. The esports community is now curious about the details of their partnership for the Shanghai Major as a result of this.
Shanghai was chosen as the location, highlighting China's rising prominence as a major participant in global esports events. Fans and players alike are already starting to get excited about what promises to be an incredible show in competitive Counter-Strike.
This announcement marks a major change in the competitive scene for Counter-Strike. Perfect World and BLAST were initially in competition for the second Major of 2023; however, the tournament was canceled due to the release of CS2 in Q3. The dual-cycle Major format will now return in 2024, with the PGL Copenhagen Major scheduled for mid-March.
According to Valve's Major Guide, hosting the Major in Asia is a calculated decision to strengthen CS2's position in the area, even in light of worries over timezone compatibility. Interest in Asia has already increased in response to the recent return to offline competitions and the release of CS2. It is anticipated that the Shanghai Major will greatly increase the impact of CS2's arrival in China and the neighboring territories.
The Shanghai Major is set to be a game-changing occasion for Counter-Strike, with the esports community eagerly awaiting further information that might expand the game's worldwide reach and popularity.