In a surprise move, Valve set the dates for the 2020 and 2021 Counterstrike: Global Offensive Major tournaments last night.
Valve has announced the dates for the 2020 and 2021 CS: GO Majors last night. The Majors are the ultimate tournaments in the Counterstrike: Global Offensive landscape, and have traditionally taken place in early September and early February. These Major dates are normally set by the tournament organizers after they are awarded the honor of hosting the Major by Valve.
Most recently, however, the starting date of the second Major of 2019 caused some consternation among players. This was due to its proximity to the end of the generally agreed upon player break. With this move, it looks as though Valve wants to prevent this type of conflict from happening again.
Thank you @csgo_dev for listening to the concerns around the dates of the Majors and taking our feedback into consideration.
— Counter-Strike Professional Players' Association (@CSPPAgg) May 2, 2019
Valve has chosen dates that are about two months later than the traditional dates, putting the Counterstrike Majors far from any of the player breaks, which usually occur in August and December. Additionally, Valve has also asked tournament organizers to submit bids for the next four Majors. According to HLTV.org, Valve will decide on the hosts for the 2020 Majors by “the end of June.”
Additionally, Valve has instructed organizers to broadcast matches at "a timezone convenient for the majority of CS: GO customers." The developer requested a 21:00 CET (4 PM EST) slot for high-profile games.
As of now, here are the dates for the next four Major tournaments in Counterstrike: Global Offensive:
2020 – May 11th – 24th
November 2nd – 15th
2021 – May 10th – 23rd
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