The next Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major will be held in Brazil and organised by ESL, according to a report from DBLTAP. The tournament will be branded as “ESL One Rio Major” and will be hosted in Rio de Janeiro in May.
This will be the first ever Major to be held in South America, and it will also be ESL’s seventh. As Jarek ‘Dekay’ Lewis points out in the original article, Modern Times Group, one of ESL’s parent companies, and ESL itself, are used to holding events in Brazil, with the DreamHack Open in April, Season 4 Pro League Finals in Sao Paulo and the ESL One event in Belo Horizonte.
Rumours about the possibility of a Brazilian Major have been echoed in the scene for months now, but the suggestion was given credence when Natus Vincere’s primary AWPer Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev said it live on Instagram earlier this year.
CS:GO Majors are one of the biggest esports tournaments to date, and if Brazil goes ahead in May, Danish superstars from Astralis will be fighting to defend their title and will attempt to win four straight Majors for the first time in CS:GO history.
However, ESL has not confirmed the report so far.