The only Major with a greater prize pool was the PGL Stockholm Major in 2021.
ESL has increased the prize pool of IEM Rio Major to $1,250,000 catapulting it to become the second-highest prize pool in CS: GO Major history. The decision also means every team in attendance at the Major will receive prize money irrespective of their placements.
The only CS: GO Major that featured a higher prize pool than IEM Rio Major was the Stockholm Major with a $2 million prize pool. The Stockholm Major took place in 2020 in a year that saw only one CS: GO Major and the combined prize pool of both the Majors. NAVI won the PGL Stockholm Major, the end of a dominant run throughout the year.
The additional $250K is being reallocated from the IEM Road to Rio prize pool ($240K plus an additional $10K).
Previously, the minimum placement (17th-24th) had no prizing allocated - that's been raised to $10,000 each, and the remainder is distributed across 2nd-16th place.
CS: GO Majors featured a prize pool of $250,000 up until MLG Columbus which featured a million-dollar prize pool. Subsequent Majors have featured a prize pool of a million dollars. IEM Rio Major will be the first Major with a higher prize pool (PGL Stockholm Major was an exception).
The IEM Rio Major
The IEM Rio Major will be the first CS: GO Major in Brazil. The tournament will feature a massive audience as ESL has opened the group stages to a live audience as well. Alongside the live attendance, fans can also take part in Gaules’ fan festival alongside the event. As one of the biggest content creators in CS: GO, Gaules commands a massive fanbase. His fanfest is sure to draw large crowds at the event and will be an unique opportunity.