Brazil is one of the biggest countries when it comes to Counter Strike. It’s a place of origin for many CS:GO teams and individual stars, so it shouldn’t be surprising that ESL picked its capital for their next major Counter Strike: Global Offensive tournament. ESL One Rio will happen in Rio De Janeiro from May 21st until May 24th.
Rio De Janeiro will be the first South American city to host a CS:GO major event and will pit 24 teams to battle it out for 1 million dollars prize pool. Tickets for the event should go on sale today.
As we’ve mentioned above, Brazil is big on esports, but some time has passed since the Brazilian team managed to win a CS:GO major. The last time it happened was in 2016 when SK Gaming took down Team Liquid during ESL One Cologne. However, CS:GO fans from Brazil are still passionate about the game.
Ulrich Schulze, Senior Vice President Product at ESL had this to say about the upcoming ESL One Rio:
“We are extremely excited and proud to host the next Major in Brazil. Our aim is to bring pure esports moments to the most passionate fans around the world and reward them by creating a unique experience on all levels.
With teams from all over the world having a chance to qualify and making their way to the final, we expect the matches to be incredible and the crowd to be the loudest we have ever seen.”
If you’re interested to learn more about the event, or want to follow all the qualification rounds, be sure to hop on the official page to learn more. You can find it here.