PGL still wants a CS:GO Major to be held in Stockholm
Prominent esports events org PGL remains committed to holding a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major in Stockholm, Sweden despite the issues surrounding Dota 2’s The International. Valve’s flagship MOBA was not allowed to hold its big event in the Avicii Arena.
Legitimate concerns have been raised regarding PGL’s plans to hold a Major. The initial plans were to hold it in the fall season because it can pose a big problem if their plans are not solidified as time runs out. Those plans have not been affected just yet but PGL sees Sweden as a priority for their event especially since the country is a notable place for CS:GO players.
In the past, the Swedish authorities assured Valve TI could be held in Sweden without any issues with visas and other factors. In the past few weeks, that has changed because those same people said that TI teams and staff will be denied entry into the country which meant the event was cancelled.
Valve released a statement regarding the issues with TI. They wrote, ‘We have started looking for possible alternatives elsewhere in Europe to host the event this year, in case the Swedish government is unable to accommodate The International - Dota 2 Championships’.
On the other hand, CS:GO fans should be worried about the Stockholm Major as well, given there’s a chance that it will also fall through. The Major will be one of the biggest events in CS:GO in a long while since LAN tournaments were thrown out of the window due to the issues surrounding COVID-19.
After over a year of online events, IEM Cologne will be the first event held in front of fans. It is scheduled from the 6th of July to the 18th. It is the first top-tier CS:GO event in a long while but it will only be held in a studio environment similar to how Riot Games held their Valorant Masters event earlier this year.
It will be interesting to see how PGL will solve the puzzle of Sweden’s restrictions. If they don’t secure a spot in the country, they have to look for other options to hold such a big event like a Major.
Words: Cholo Martin