ESL has announced that the upcoming ESL One Rio Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major has actually been cancelled due to the existing COVID-19 pandemic, nevertheless, the company will bring a CS: GO Major to Brazil when it is safe to do so.

The announcement came as part of ESL releasing its prepare for the rest of the year when it comes to CS: GO competitors. The company had been because of host the next CS: GO Major, ESL One Rio, in November 2020, but with the pandemic still ongoing the decision has been made by ESL and Valve to cancel the event.

This is the second time that ESL One Rio has actually been impacted by the pandemic, with the occasion initially due to happen in Might of this year. However, due to the pandemic the event was postponed to the end of the year, and the reward swimming pool was doubled to $2 million, with the hopes that the pandemic would be back to regular already.

” Together with Valve we had to make the tough however safe choice to cancel the ESL One Rio Major 2020 due to the continuous disturbance triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said ESL in a declaration. “We overcame numerous alternative choices to the last hour to make the Major a truth, however ultimately have to face the fact that the international situation currently does not enable a Major to take location. While Valve is presently unable to state when and how Majors will return, as soon as they do we’ll work to bring the Major to Rio. New dates will be revealed as soon as a return for an in-arena Major is safe for everyone involved. All acquired tickets remain totally legitimate or can be reimbursed upon demand.”

While this is undoubtedly frustrating news for CS: GO fans, there is some more positive news to support this announcement. ESL will be hosting 2 online events and, pandemic allowing, one LAN occasion prior to the end of the year.

The very first will be IEM New York which will happen in October, with 3 online divisions completing for a share of $250,000. There will be European, North American and CIS competitions.

Next up is IEM Beijing-Haidian, which will also include a $250,000 reward pool however this time there will be 4 departments, with one in Europe, The United States And Canada, Oceania and Asia.

Lastly, and the majority of interestingly is the Intel Extreme Masters Worldwide Obstacle 2020, which will see 8 groups straight invited to a LAN environment in Cologne, Germany to compete for a share of the massive $500,000 prize pool. The event is due to occur in between December 15 and 20, but plans can still change if the pandemic still makes a LAN occasion impossible already.