Rio might finally get its long-awaited CS: GO Major.

Valve and ESL are reportedly working to host the second CS: GO Major of 2022 at Rio De Janeiro in November.

There are tentative plans for an ESL CS: GO Major, titled IEM Rio Major from October 31 to November 13, according to a report by Luis Mira of Dexerto.

ESL was to host the Rio Major in November 2020. However, the onset of COVID and the accompanying travel restrictions led to the cancellation of the event. PGL Hosted the CS: GO Major for 2021, a $2 million extravaganza that crowned Natus Vincere as the champions.

ESL had confirmed in 2021 that the ESL Rio Major was in consideration for 2022 with Valve. It seems things are now moving ahead as per the latest reports.

The tournament is under consideration with Valve for 2022. For all fans concerned about the validity of their tickets, we guarantee that previously purchased tickets remain valid and when Rio comes around you have your ticket ready-to-go.

ESL about the Rio Major in a Sept 2021 blog.
The ESL One Rio Major was supposed to take place in 2022. The tournament brings CS: GO action to Brazil, one of the biggest fanbases for the game.
The ESL One Rio Major was to take place in 2020. The event was initially postponed and later canceled due to the pandemic. Image Credit: ESL.

The event will reportedly go by the name of IEM Rio Major instead of the previous ESL One. This change comes after the renewal of ESL’s partnership with Intel wherein all non-ESL Pro League CS: GO tournaments will be under the IEM brand. 

Which are the CS: GO Majors for 2022?

Valve has previously confirmed two CS: GO Majors for 2022. The first one will take place in May 2022 while the second Major will be around November. It seems ESL will host the second Major of the year, although there is yet to be an official announcement of the same.

It is still unclear who will host the first CS: GO Major of the year despite it being only a few months away.

Recently, the Modern Times Group (MTG) sold ESL to the Saudi-backed Savvy Gaming group for a historic price of $1 billion. The sale will have a massive impact on the future of CS: GO esports as ESL is one of the largest non-Valve stakeholders in the game.

Stay tuned to for the latest CS: GO news and updates.

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