Taking place in Stockholm, the 2021 PGL Major will be the return of the most prestigious tournament in the Counter-Strike competitive circuit after a two-year hiatus.
Featuring a $2 million prize pool, the largest prize pool in the Counter-Strike history, the Valve sponsored event will take place in the Swedish city of Stockholm during October 23rd and November 7th.
PGL justified the location as a return of the past, paying homage to the country that accommodated the first Major for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in 2013.
We have timeless memories with our past Counter-Strike shows, and, honestly, we owe a lot to this game, as players and as a company. We believe that this community deserves the best product this franchise has ever seen. Our goal is to celebrate the game in the best way possible, and we will work hard for this.Silviu Stroie, CEO at PGL
In their statement, the company announced its intention to have a live audience during the main event, which will be played at the Ericsson Globe, from November 4th to 7th.
Even though the arena can accept an audience of around 16000 people, the organisers have stressed that considering the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will only be held if “all safety conditions to hold live competitive events are met by that time”.
Being this the third CS:GO Major where PGL is involved, after Cluj-Napoca 2015 and Kraków 2017, the company has committed to assuring the first-ever 4K 60 fps broadcast of a Counter-Strike Major. PGL has announced it is working on a brand new HUD and a rework of their augmented reality features.
This is the first concrete glimpse of a new Counter-Strike Major being in the works after Valve cancelled its plans to organise a Major in May of 2021 in December of last year.
Earlier on 2020, Valve had postponed and later on scrapped entirely their plans of taking their most prestigious event to Brazil, replacing the ESL Rio 2020 Major with a sparse array of tournaments that attributed points towards the Regional Major Rankings (RMR).
The convoluted RMR system failed to hold the test of time, as the pandemic continued for months, delaying the return to LAN events and stagnating the Major Circuit as a whole.
With many teams taking penalties for roster changes and with the infamous coach-bug investigation making matters worse, it is unknown if Valve will continue with this system until the Stockholm Major happens or if there will be a new path for getting a spot at the most stacked tournament of the year.