The ESL and Valve have actually revealed that November’s CS: GO Rio Major 2020 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ESL said that, “We worked through several alternative options down to the last hour to make the Major a truth, but ultimately have to deal with the fact that the international scenario presently does not permit a Significant to take place.” Purchased tickets can be refunded but will remain valid and, “New dates will be announced as soon as a return for an in-arena Major is safe for everybody included.”

Valve explained that, “we’re going to hold off on scheduling Majors till, at a minimum, Regional Major Ranking (RMR) LAN events are safe to hold worldwide.” Online RMR occasions will continue to be held till then.

Valve likewise took the chance to attend to the current news that multiple CS: GO coaches used a spectator bug to cheat in tournaments. “Any teams that were disqualified for exploiting this bug throughout an RMR occasion will have their RMR points reset”, they stated, although action against individual coaches will not go ahead “till we get a complete image of the level of the bug abuse and the penalties handed down by 3rd parties. Despite those charges, mid-match coaching will constantly be an appealing opportunity for some teams to break the integrity of the match. So we might also consider constraints to coaching.”