As The International is the gold standard in Dota 2, Major trophies are the most prestigious and often highest paid trophies in CS:GO. Sponsored by Valve, the tournaments paid out $250,000 each, with the last two, ESL One Cologne 2016 and MLG Major Championship Columbus awarding $1,000,000 each. Naturally, when reports come in concerning the possible date of the next Major, fans of competitive CS:GO listen up.
This time, the first to report on the matter was HLTV’s Peter “T1gwri1s” Milonovavic. He informs readers that Valve recently asked organizers to propose the dates and locations for a possible Major tournament, set for January, 2017.
Starting with the second Major, ESL Major Series One: Katowice 2014, three Majors have been held each year, with Katowice, ESL One Cologne 2014, and Dreamhack Winter 2014 taking place in… you guessed it, 2014, and ESL One Katowice 2015, ESL One Cologne 2015, and DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca 2015 in 2015. This year, 2016, seems to be different. If rumors pan out, only two Majors will have taken place this year when the clock strikes midnight on December 31st. Keeping the increased prize pool in mind, it could be explained somewhat, however, a seven month (July 2016 to January 2017) gap between Majors would be the biggest in history.
With the prestige and attention due to any CS:GO Major, it’s understandable that every tournament organizer conceivably able to host such an event is vying for a chance to do it. MLG even announced that they have the arena used for MLG Major Championship Columbus ready to go. Despite that, MLG is sure to be met by stiff competition from DreamHack and ESL, while ELAGUE, ESWC, Starladder, and FACEIT will also do everything in their power to get the chance to make the event happen on their terms.
While it’s in no way confirmed, conventional wisdom and the ability to count to ten adds up to imply that the next Major, the tenth of its kind, would have to be special to commemorate the success of the whole venture. It’s like a ten year anniversary of a company. It needs to be slightly over the top to show how successful it’s become since the beginning. That would automatically disqualify the smaller organizers, which haven’t hosted a Major before, as Valve isn’t likely to risk the tenth CS:GO fiesta going badly due to inexperience. Still, they might be tempted to give the right to organize the event to ELEAGUE if they can offer to televise the Grand Final or something similar. The first Major to be broadcast on television and tenth overall—that sounds suitably majestic, especially if it takes place in a great location. This is where CS:GO organizers could learn something from Riot Games. How does ELEAGUE Major: New York sound? They could even hold the Grand Final at the Madison Square Garden or something.