CS:GO is a first-person shooter game with multiple players who compete with other gamers or at esport online tournaments. Developed by both Valve Corp and Hidden Path Entertainment, the fourth game in the title’s series is the basis of the Majors, one of the world’s most recognized esports tournaments.
Stockholm’s Major marked the beginning of Major competitions after a 2-year pause in in-person play due to the pandemic. Another event, One Rio Major ESL, was postponed in May 2020 and canceled by September, leaving online esports championships as the only way to compete.
In 2022, PGL will host the first CS:GO Major, which offers competitors a prize pool of $1 million. Organizers plan to host the event May 9 thru May 22 in Antwerp Belgium. Spectators may begin viewing the competition in the arena, Antwerps Sportpaleis, when the gamers reach the playoffs. With a seating capacity of 23,000, there’s enough room for a large number of CS:GO enthusiasts.
As the second consecutive Major for PGL, the event is expected to rival 2021’s Stockholm Major. In October and November 2021, PGL organized the PGL Stockholm Major. As one of the biggest esports tournaments, the event vaulted Natus Vincere into history as the overall CS:GO winner, after he won every CS:GO map in the competition.
Counting on Belgium’s expansive CS:GO fanbase and gaming community, PGL is building an enjoyable experience for esport leagues, and fans who come to view the competition inside the arena. PGL expressed an eagerness to reunite players and fans at the next CS:GO Major. In a written press statement, PGL CEO Silviu Stroie noted that fans are essential to the tournament experience.