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Brazil to Host First Ever CS Major in Rio De Janeiro

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ESL One Rio will only see its playoffs inside the Jeunesse Arena in Brazil (Image via Fireballesports)

ESL One Rio will only see its playoffs inside the Jeunesse Arena in Brazil (Image via Fireballesports)

ESL confirmed that Brazil would host a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major Championship for the first time in 2020.

Slated for May 21-24, ESL One Rio will see its playoff stage played live at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio De Janeiro. The tournament will offer a $1,000,000 cash purse and a point towards the Intel Grand Slam.

ESL One Rio will serve as Brazil’s first-ever CS:GO Major Championship in a country that has produced a number of Counter-Strike’s most elite players. In 2016, the ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals took place in São Paulo while last year’s ESL One Belo Horizonte was able to bring CS back to Brazil.

Contrary to the Berlin Major, where each stage was played in front of a live audience, ESL One Rio will only see its playoffs inside the Jeunesse Arena.

“We are extremely excited and proud to host the next Major in Brazil,” said Ulrich Schulze, Senior Vice President Product at ESL. “Our aim is to bring pure esports moments to the most passionate fans around the world and reward them by creating a unique experience on all levels. With teams from all over the world having a chance to qualify and making their way to the final, we expect the matches to be incredible and the crowd to be the loudest we have ever seen.”

“Intel is excited to bring to Brazil this important ESL championship. The gaming and esports market has grown exponentially in the past years not only in Brazil, but also around the world, and we continue our mission to invest and develop leading gaming products focused on this market,” said Carlos Augusto Buarque, Marketing Director of Intel Brazil.

The ESL One Rio Minors will begin in late-April, with 32 teams across Europe, Americas, Asia and CIS. Each Minor will advance two teams from each region, with a third-place Play-In offering an additional two slots in the first stage of the Major. The Brazil Major schedule is as follows:

April 26 –  May 3: Regional Minors

May 11 – May 14: Challenger Stage

May 16 – May 19: Legends Stage

May 21- May 24: Champions Stage (playoffs)

Those qualifying from the Minors will join the following six teams in competing through the Challenger Stage:

G2 FaZe Clan Mousesports
CR4ZY MIBR North

The top eight teams to surface from the Challengers Stage will then be berthed into the Legends Stage to compete alongside the StarLadder Major’s playoffs contenders. Those teams are:

Team Liquid Astralis Na’Vi AVANGAR
100 Thieves Evil Geniuses Vitality ENCE

ESL One Rio is noted to be a Championship category tournament within the new ESL Pro Tour system. As mentioned, the Brazil Major will earn its title finisher a tick towards the Intel Grand Slam and the lofty $1,000,000 prize bonus that comes with it.

Cody Luongo
Cody Luongo
An American journalist specializing in business, gambling and Counter-Strike - Cody was a competitive gamer first before starting his career in esports. Competing in several titles including Halo, Counter-Strike and Rainbow Six prior to his career as a journalist where he would go on to write for ESPN, Esports Insider, SickOdds and many more.