ESL One: Rio Major cancelled due to coronavirus issues
Valve and ESL have canceled the ESL One: Rio Major, which was set to happen in Rio de Janeiro in November, amidst concerns surrounding the coronavirus break out in Brazil, the business revealed on Wednesday.
” We worked through several alternative choices down to the last hour to make the Major a truth, but eventually need to face the fact that the worldwide scenario presently does not enable a Significant to take location,” ESL stated in a press release. “While Valve is presently unable to say when and how Majors will return, as quickly as they do we’ll work to bring the Major to Rio. New dates will be revealed once a return for an in-arena Major is safe for everybody included.”
The cancellation means 2020 will mark the first year without a single Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major given that those occasions started in late 2013. In a regular year, two Majors would take location, often in the Spring and Fall, as the hallmark occasions in the Counter-Strike calendar.
This year, amid the pandemic, ESL and Valve rescheduled the Rio Major from Might to November, in hopes that the coronavirus situation in Brazil would support. Since Wednesday, Brazil was the 3rd worst country by variety of reported cases of COVID-19 on the planet, with more than 4.1 million cases, behind just the United States and India, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
The last Counter-Strike Major to happen took place in August and September 2019 in Berlin. A number of ESL occasions have been cancelled, delayed or moved online due to the pandemic. That pattern began with the ESL One: Los Angeles Dota 2 Major in March, followed by other transfer to online such as the ESL Pro League, ESL One: Cologne and a number of other occasions in different titles.