Blog: 10 Countries That Should Host a Future Major

January 9th, 2017 22:28

Majors are undoubtedly the pinnacle of competitive Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. With million dollar prize pools, massive crowds, hundreds of thousands of Twitch viewers, and even TV broadcasts, there’s no better place to find the unforgettable moments that make CS:GO such an amazing spectacle. Valve have collaborated with four different organizers (DreamHack, ESL, and MLG; soon to be joined by ELEAGUE) to put on events in five different countries (Sweden (2), Poland (2) Germany (3), Romania (1), and USA (1, soon to be 2)). Some were more memorable than others (who could possibly forget GermanyESL One Cologne 2014?), but all of them provided a great show and an excellent display of high-level Counter-Strike. In less than two weeks the CS:GO community will witness the ELEAGUE Major in United StatesAtlanta, hosted in the Fox Theatre by American broadcasting giant Turner.

By Daniel Mayer - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

As Valve continue to promote competitive CS:GO, it seems only logical to branch out into hosting events in new locations. I have assembled a subjective list of ten particular countries that have never hosted a major before, but would make great hosts for CS:GO’s premier events. Here are my criteria:

1. History of CS success
2. A large playerbase
3. Infrastructure, including transit, airports, hotels, and other necessities
4. Things to see and do that are unrelated to CS


SwedenSweden: Two DreamHack majors were hosted in Jönköping, which disqualifies Sweden from appearing on this list. However, the last one of these was held in November 2014. Surely a country with such a rich CS pedigree deserves to host again.

KoreaSouth Korea: The development of the Asian scene and the globalization of CS:GO is quite exciting to watch. Nevertheless, between the current level of play and the distance from more established scenes, it seems wise to wait. Perhaps in a couple years the CS:GO scene will be ready for a major in Seoul or another Korean city.

Author's note: On the other hand, these issues unfortunately exist with every country in the Asia-Pacific, so an event in South Korea would probably do fine if an event in Australia can.

JapanJapan: Japan is a country with great infrastructure and rich cultural heritage. However, their CS scene is small even by Asian standards, so it probably wouldn’t be the best place to host an event at the moment.

NetherlandsThe Netherlands, BelgiumBelgium, and other countries in western Europe: Most countries in western Europe have highly developed infrastructure and some level of interest in CS:GO. It would be impossible to list them here, but nearly all of them would be good choices.

[HEADLINE]10. FinlandFinland[/HEADLINE]

Helsinki Skyline by Guillaume SEBIRE on Flickr

Despite their recent struggles, Finland have a long history of elite CS players. Their community is definitely large enough to fill an arena with CS:GO fans. Smaller events like the ASUS ROG series are often hosted in Helsinki, and a premier event would likely draw an even larger crowd.

Suggested Venue: Hartwall Arena (Helsinki)

By Skorpion87 - Own work, Public Domain,

This 13,550-seat indoor arena is located within Finland’s capital and largest city of Helsinki. Completed in 1997, Hartwall Arena serves as the home of Jokerit Helsinki and has hosted events such as the IIHF World Championships (Ice Hockey) and the World Figure Skating Championships.

[HEADLINE]9. UkraineUkraine[/HEADLINE]

View of Kiev skyline as seen from Lukyanivka by Pavlo Dyban

Ukraine have produced many legends over the years, with the most notable being the original Natus Vincere squad that won three majors in a row in 2010. They have also hosted several events, many of which were spearheaded by local organizer StarLadder. If Valve and SL wanted to collaborate on a CS:GO major, Ukraine would likely be the country they would host it in.

Suggested Venue: Kiev Palace of Sports (Kiev)

Sports Palace by ArtemKo

This indoor arena holds 7,000-10,000 spectators and is located near the Palats Sportu Metro Station. If that’s not enough, the 70,050-seat Olympiyskiy National Sports Complex is located nearby and has been used by StarLadder in the past.

[HEADLINE]8. AustraliaAustralia[/HEADLINE]

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Australia seems to drift in and out of relevance in the competitive CS:GO scene. Whatever their level of play, their country is an attractive choice for a competition. The Crown Invitational in Melbourne was a good success, and the door is open for a larger event to build on that. It would be quite a change of scenery, but maybe that’s what CS:GO needs.

Suggested Venue: Rod Laver Arena (Melbourne)

GFDL 1.2,

There were a lot of interesting choices for venues in Australia, but Rod Laver Arena seems to be the best fit. In 2012, Melbourne was chosen by the Telegraph as the best city in the world (although Sydney at 7th and Perth at 9th are nothing to scoff at), and Rod Laver’s ~15,000 person capacity and retractable roof make for a great choice to hold a CS:GO major in this world-class city.

[HEADLINE]7. NorwayNorway[/HEADLINE]

Photo by Jonathan Camp

Norway is one of the most advanced countries in the world. They have incredible geographic formations, fascinating culture, and quite a history of success at Counter-Strike. From early legends like Jørgen “XeqtR” Johannessen and Ola “ElemeNt” Moum to modern stars like Håvard “Rain” Nygaard and Ruben “RUBINO” Villarroel, Norway have made their mark on nearly every page of Counter-Strike’s history. However, they don’t seem to have hosted many large events. Perhaps that will change in the future.

Suggested Venue: Telenor Arena (Oslo)

By Helge Hoifodt -- Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Located in the suburbs of Norway’s capital, Telenor Arena is a football stadium with a fixed roof and a capacity of up to 23,000. It has hosted the Eurovision Song Contest and was the home venue of Stabæk Fotball for two years. Smaller options include the Oslo Spektrum in the city and Håkons Hall in Lillehammer.

[HEADLINE]6. United KingdomUnited Kingdom[/HEADLINE]

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The competitive scene in the UK is a literal joke among the CS:GO community, but they’ve contributed to pro CS in their own way: casters, analysts, hosts, and other personalities like Daniel “ddk” Kapadia, James Bardolph, Duncan “Thorin” Shields, Richard Lewis, Alex “Machine” Richardson, and others all hail from the British Isles. The United Kingdom have also hosted several events, including the ECS finals and the ESL Pro League finals. If these other events are anything to go by, a UK major would attract a large crowd with or without the presence of local teams.

Suggested Venue: O2 Arena (London)

By Simon from United Kingdom - O2 Arena, CC BY 2.0,

There are many potential venues in the UK, and perhaps the organizers wouldn’t want to try booking the busiest indoor arena in the world for such an event. Still, this iconic 20,000-seat arena has every amenity organizers could possibly want in a perfect location. If they wanted to make a splash, the O2 Arena would be the place to start.

[HEADLINE]5. CanadaCanada[/HEADLINE]

Canadians can be found at every level of the North American scene. Currently, some of the most prominent Canadians are on OpTic Gaming; star rifler Keith “NAF-FLY” Markovic and in-game leader Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz play no small part in that team’s current success. Events like Northern Arena, ESWC, and DreamHack have all been held in Canadian cities, and a major seems like the next logical step.

Suggested Venue: Centre Bell (Montréal)

With a capacity of 21,700, the home arena of the Canadiens is the largest current venue in the National Hockey League. Montréal is a popular esports destination and has recently hosted both ESWC and DreamHack. While there are many great choices in Canada, Centre Bell seems to check every box organizers could think of.

[HEADLINE]4. BrazilBrazil[/HEADLINE]

Through 2014, Brazil was considered irrelevant in the world of CS:GO. Over the course of 2015 and 2016, a Brazilian team became two-time major champions and an international powerhouse. This explosion led ESL to host their Pro League Season 4 finals in São Paulo. As past esports events show, there is a large and passionate fanbase in Brazil that could provide an amazing atmosphere for a major.

Suggested Venue: Jeunesse Arena (Rio de Janeiro)

Rio de Janeiro is a popular tourist destination and the first South American city to host the Olympics. This arena (built in 2005 with a capacity of 14,981) hosted all the gymnastics events as well as the Paralympic wheelchair basketball events.

[HEADLINE]3. DenmarkDenmark[/HEADLINE]

Copenhagen Skyline by _Spacedog_ on Flickr

A Danish team has never won a major, but that’s not for lack of trying. The two biggest names in Denmark at the moment are Astralis, a player-owned org and North, an org backed by FC Copenhagen and Nordisk Film. FC Copenhagen have announced ambitious plans in the world of esports, including the possibility of an event at their 38,065-seat home stadium Parken. While Copenhagen Games isn’t the premier event it once was, Denmark have a history of hosting and participating in Counter-Strike events and it would be a perfect location for a major.

Suggested Venue: Royal Arena (Copenhagen)

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Parken would be a great venue, but it’s not the only possibility in Copenhagen. Royal Arena is a brand-new indoor venue that will seat upwards of 10,000 people after opening in February 2017. This arena will fill the previously-empty niche between Denmark’s smaller indoor arenas and the much larger Parken.

[HEADLINE]2. RussiaRussia[/HEADLINE]

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Despite a long history, a large playerbase, and multiple successful pro teams (including three Legend spots at the ELEAGUE Major), the CIS region has never hosted a major. Russia would be the perfect place to start. Valve could work with a company like StarLadder or EPICENTER to put on a show for the huge community in Russia, and it would provide an opportunity for travelers to visit and enjoy the sights.

Suggested Venue: Megasport Arena (Moscow)

By User:Simm - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5,

There are a lot of great venues in Russia; even within Moscow there are other good choices like the VTB Ice Palace. However, this 14,000-seat indoor arena in Russia’s capital seems to be the best fit. It was built in 2006 and has hosted the IIHF World Championships, World Figure Skating Championships, and European Curling Championships. Most recently, it became the home arena for CSKA Moscow’s EuroLeague basketball games.

[HEADLINE]1. FranceFrance[/HEADLINE]

A.G. Photographe;

France have produced some of the best players in the world. More importantly, French teams have brought home two major titles and won several other notable events. The country itself is a legendary tourist destination with many famous landmarks. ESWC have hosted events in France for years. All of these factors lead to France grabbing the top spot on this list. The writing's on the wall: it’s time for France to host a major.

Suggested Venue: AccorHotels Arena (Paris)

Completed in 1984 and renovated in 2015, AccorHotels Arena is the largest of its kind in France. It seats 20,390 for concerts and is located in Paris, a city that needs no introduction. It’s hosted all sorts of concerts and sporting events, but it would also be the perfect place to host a major.

It’s been an absolute pleasure to watch CS:GO become a premier esport. As viewing figures grow upwards, geography grows outwards -- The first six majors were held in only three different cities, but more locations are being added to the fold as the game becomes a global phenomenon. Hopefully this trend will continue and the CS:GO community will get to see more of the world through majors. If there’s a place I forgot, feel free to bring it up in the comments.

Thanks for reading!
BR and poland best crowds ever, you can talk all the shit you want, thats just facts... xd
2017-01-09 22:49
2017-01-09 23:34
yea but hiring brazilians is a problem Arenas/locations arent picked based on fans and passion for teams. source: EPL S4 Finals in garbo land
2017-01-09 23:37
why hiring br's is a problem? and I agree with second one
2017-01-09 23:39
well at the event the staff were bad, also just the entire tournament was bad. ESL buildings and staff in brazil are new, only very recent from their expansion. Places like cologne, new york, burbank, and katowice are better because they have long-standing offices/studios there. also BRs are crazy (:
2017-01-09 23:59
I agree, that esl was shit, probably one of the worse events in 2016 lol, but that was esl being retarded, in january 2016, with the max 5 lan house not even being 100% done, they made an very good event, with like 10min delay maximum, with good casting, good camera work etc... was like couple people united doing a event you know, and was already successful.. so I think is a matter of the company, not like putting the blame on the country, esl always do shit jobs sometimes xd... but I can see your point! It make the country looks retarded, that event was complete garbage production LUL
2017-01-10 00:10
I agree. I thought the crowd for Sau Paulo was pretty good.
2017-01-10 02:28
BR have the saltiest crowd :)
2017-01-10 13:44
Brazil Mirekz 
how can you even say that with a polish flag? do you remember when poles boooed olof while being interviewed after beating VP?
2017-01-10 16:46
they were screaming "Virtus.Pro"
2017-01-10 16:50
Brazil Mirekz 
lmao you're on denial, even the host guy says to the crowd "cmon there's only great games here we don't have booing in Esports" here's the full video where he says that at least the brazilian crowd didn't boo cloud9 after beating SK at the finals when they were on stage.
2017-01-10 17:04
they were screaming virtus pro u fucktard look at their mouth, and how do u know the host was looking at vp fans dumb fuck. the cameraman is a bitch that's it
2017-01-11 11:51
dont forget Germany
2017-01-10 14:38
Switzerland suprgau 
well i thought the crowd was amazing in BR, but the host (that chick) really sucked. Also randomly ppl walking into the camera. But there is still room to improve (i mean you are still a 2nd-world country ;))
2017-01-11 11:42
I agree, but thats esl fault, like I said, some brs tournments have way better production than that, the biggest one people do that kind of job ._. making br looks retard lol, and that chick wtf was that XD LUL but yeah, about economy br must be like 34324nd country atm xd
2017-01-11 11:43
Switzerland suprgau 
Nothing against you or Brazil. But some responsibilities have to be taken. Ofc it could be ESLs fault. But jeez, someone recruited that chick (that was not only ESL) and you don't fucking run into the camera. Not all BR people understand english (which is fine, not all Americans can speak English either) but people have to be instructed about dos and dont's. Your crowd was amazing though
2017-01-11 11:47
yeah, but as I worked before on events, not cs but still... is like... the org doing the event handles that shit, this isnt like turn the camera on and start doing stuff, you have a whole system... it isnt that hard to do lol, even br events that are like 5 people doing the event you dont have shit like that LMAO, like people cruising around in front of camera etc, like wtf ._. that was 100% garbage production
2017-01-11 11:50
Finland 9852174563 
good list tbh
2017-01-09 23:05
Turkey rusty james 
ukraine finland cold. pass. australia shit time zone. norway expensive. uk no spectators, only drunken morons. canada cold but decent scene and enthusiasts. also cheap. brazil security issues and cringe fans. denmark ok. but nothing new. russia. shady organizers. cool crowd. also fun place to hang out for the crew and players. france... well eswc was fun once. just like cph games. but i dont think they have what it takes to host a big tourney. lots more better options imo. poland. ems katowice 2014 damn. spain. dreamhack valencia/faceit finals. italy. faceit s1 or 2 not sure. the one with ibp. it was awesome imo. turkey. might be biased but it would be cheap and lotsa fans and places to do this. and tournament orgs can do it cheap(not romania cheap but still) japan (cuz why the fuck not) cz/sk dedicated scene also their local lans always so fierce and passionate etc. south korea to improve the game on asian game capital. argentina, work in progress scene, lots of fans. cheap. safer than brazil.
2017-01-09 23:09
i dont think argentina would be a good idea. poor internet conection and unstable. it will be safer than brazil of course lul. and it is cheap but for people from outside, its expensive for us.. because dollar is expensive as fuck
2017-01-09 23:37
Romania Zadro 
The DH Cluj arena was brand new at the time, I doubt it was cheap. The location of DH Bucharest is pretty cheap though.
2017-01-09 23:49
Norway ZuChii 
I mean not to shit on Turkey but i feel like now is not the time to host an event there. Untill the conflict is resolved i wouldnt want something thats being streamed to thousands hosted there. Seems like a prime target for terrorists.
2017-01-10 00:41
Oceania cwns 
You must be fun at parties
2017-01-10 01:11
Turkey rusty james 
I'm the pretty prince of parties, You're a tasty piece of pastry
2017-01-10 07:37
Canada theSWBFman 
I think they should try out west coast Canada. Vancouver is a pretty big city too. We hosted the Olympics in 2010.
2017-01-10 06:27
Would absolutely love a major to come here, specially since Rod Laver is starting renovations to increase capacity March next year.
2017-01-09 23:10
Turkey SG^^ 
Surely there are more than 10 countries that can host a major tournament, would add Spain and Philippines to your list. I really want to add Turkey but under current circumstances it's impossible.
2017-01-09 23:30
Singapore derpydm 
I'd say that Singapore has more of a chance (being the more prestigious, safe and cleaner country in SEA), but here in SEA eSports is frowned upon. Especially in singapore, where life is go to school-serve army-uni-get stable job. You come here and say that you want to play CS full time, you'll probably get laughed at and told to go to studies. We don't have any FPL, no RankS (active players at least) where you can get recognition.
2017-01-10 08:06
I agree. Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, and South Korea are great places. Japan is very expensive and doesn't have many fans while China is kinda meh right now.
2017-01-11 00:00
Denmark beastd 
u are so goood !!
2017-01-09 23:33
why is sweden a runnerup wtf, and russia, australia, br and other third world countries made the list?
2017-01-09 23:37
Sweden is a runner-up because the list is only countries that have never hosted before. I agree that we need more majors in Sweden. Also, what's your definition of third world? Australia is second in both HDI and Where-To-Be-Born.
2017-01-10 00:24
yeah that was actually one of the most stupid things ive ever read
2017-01-10 14:42
Brazil coachdag3x 
Pls Rio de Janeiro not, worst city of brazil, it should be in Curitiba or Belo Horizonte
2017-01-09 23:39
cala a boca aí, seu macaquinho
2017-10-12 20:17
Denmark nalleB 
No more big events in Brazil pls, ESL Pro League was really bad.
2017-01-09 23:46
Poland zetq 
2017-01-09 23:49
Sweden Sinistralmist 
I agree
2017-01-10 00:03
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Norway Norsk 
No one would afford to travel to norway to was some csgo matches though
2017-01-10 00:06
Brazil FakeF1agger 
This blog is lit
2017-01-10 00:07
France unnamedlolz 
majors will never be hosted in France actually
2017-01-10 00:10
rio de janeiro LOL You wanna get pros killed?
2017-01-10 00:17
United States r0seCS 
I think they should host in france and UK, but never in Asia for now because CSGO isnt very popular anywhere near there yet
2017-01-10 00:19
Not including Poland even in honorary mention after EMS One Katowice 2014, ESL One Katowice 2015 and IEM Katowice 2016 ? so sad dude
2017-01-10 00:28
This is the kind of blog that deserves to be here, I know it's a lot of work, good job mate !
2017-01-10 00:50
ScreaM | 
2017-01-10 01:13
That is a good list. I would remove asutralia just because time-zone is really bad for almost everyone. Would like to see major in denmark and spain/france though
2017-01-10 01:48
Australia LACH1E 
sad cus true :( we have to watch pro cs late night or early morning
2017-01-10 06:03
Nice list! I could definitely see Valve hosting a major in a country with large potential for growth like South Korea. That's why many of the last big tournaments have been in the states
2017-01-10 02:58
I went to the event at Crown Casino in Melbourne but iirc they mentioned that online viewers from NA and EU would not be able to tune in due to the extreme time difference Singapore is actually pretty good (nanyang dota 2 event). Safe, easily accessible, fully wired with fiber optic and 10/10 transport but again time difference and not convenient for teams and spectators
2017-01-10 03:04
Singapore derpydm 
shhhhhhhhh i want to watch a major in the afternoon for once :p
2017-01-10 08:11
Australia LACH1E 
well thought out and well written, although I think sydney olympic park stadium would be a better australian venue. :)
2017-01-10 06:02
Australia is likely to never host a major both because of our irrelevance in the CS Scene and because of the poor timezones which would cause both Europe and America to have to watch at inconvenient times.
2017-01-10 08:30
Where is Latvia?
2017-01-10 11:10
2017-01-10 11:17
2017-01-10 13:00
u r so mad lol Is ant that you are on 11th place in this ranking
2017-01-10 21:27
bramz | 
Tunisia bramzz 
I hope that one major will be hosted in Paris soon
2017-01-10 11:26
Oslo and Moscow wouldve been awesome Worst=Brazil,Poland bcs stupid/worst fans
2017-01-10 12:12
Europe boky 
Umm... yeah u've never been in Poland/Polish IEM Katowice, best crowd cheering for all of the teams
2017-01-10 14:41
I didnt like ur crowd at all. No respect, buing on olofmeister and fnatic, to much fanatism. But relax, BR had the worst of all. But u saw Moscow crowd? It was one of the most amazing crowds ive ever seen. Respect for all, good behaviour
2017-01-10 15:16
Europe boky 
Damn its so annoying to tell everyone how it is. It was esl one cologne in Germany and NiP fans were booing fnatic
2017-01-11 15:52
Brazil Mirekz 
is that what you call cheering for all the teams? xD
2017-01-10 17:40
Proud that my country had organized a major
2017-01-10 12:14
If major in Russia, make the host EPICENTER.
2017-01-10 14:22
belarus cuz sl i-league was great
2017-01-10 14:29
RpK | 
Iceland pumtac 
Worst : brazil
2017-01-10 14:35
Europe boky 
I think that Brazil is cheering mostly for SK and they're salty and quiet when other teams play. Polish crowd is always loud but still both should have Major (We had two in a past)
2017-01-10 14:39
Brazil Mirekz 
lol dude you're the bullshit lord, polish crowd is the most biased crowd there is. and here's a video of the brazilian crowd chanting NiP '
2017-01-10 17:44
Europe boky 
It's ESL One Cologne and NiP fans were also booing fnatic watch iem katowice grand final 2014 and fans screaming NiP bro...
2017-01-11 15:49
Latvia ploxyS 
Latvia, Arena Riga ???
2017-01-10 14:43
Wouldve been great also. Neutral crowd, peacefull people
2017-01-10 15:17
Denmark Dr_Bob_Vagen 
There should be 3 majors next year and one for each big time zones Europe is always gonna be the best for timezones
2017-01-10 15:22
Well all these arenas are good for The International. I doubt CS goes all in like that
2017-01-10 16:08
Lanxess Arena: 20,000 (concerts) Nationwide Arena: 20,000 (concerts) Spodek Arena: 11,500 Sala Polivalenta: 10,000 (concerts) Unless Valve are looking to downsize (and the 4,665 seat Fox Theatre might indicate that they are), these arenas are in line with the last five majors in a row. Keep in mind that most Counter-Strike events can't use an arena's full capacity.
2017-01-10 22:03
I am saying that these arenas are too big for a 1million major. They are too prestigious for 1million. Unless valve pays these guys more or ups the value of major, I doubt they come around. Come on its the O2 arena we are talking about
2017-01-11 11:35
Gaben needs all those shekels, valve are stingy as fucking fuck.
2017-01-11 14:33
United States Darkinsision 
UK no, Brazil no, rest is eh/yea
2017-01-10 16:39
Russia da_eto_jestko 
nice blog btw (cuz ruskiland is the second lul, no problems with timezones) but the crowd that will cheer only for Na'Vi, Flipsid3, Gambit and HR is not enjoyable to watch (like ESL Pro League Season 4 with its shitty BR crowd)
2017-01-11 11:56
>Paris Bomb has been plantet xddd.
2017-01-11 14:32
Pissrael speaking, el oh el
2017-01-11 16:03
I was don't know this details
2017-01-11 18:14
Finland RagingRame 
Would go for sure if major will be held at Helsinki! Also, I've always wanted to go to Katowice, so just bonus if it would be major then.
2017-01-11 15:29
India nicebaitm8 
Any major with no delays and energetic crowd would suffice.
2017-10-12 20:18
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