Valve targets two Majors in 2022, 2023
The game developer has outlined the bidding process for these events as well as for the RMR competitions.
Valve is open to proposals for the 2022 and 2023 Counter-Strike Majors, the game developer told tournament organisers on Friday. In an email obtained by HLTV.org, Valve said that it is planning to hold two Majors each year, one in May and the other in November, with a single Regional Major Ranking (RMR) tournament per region prior to each event.
Tournament organisers have until the end of June to submit their proposals for the 2022 Majors and RMR competitions, with the hosts being selected during the following month. As for the 2023 events, Valve will be accepting proposals until the end of November, but it is unclear when the hosts will be chosen.
Valve has targeted weeks 19 and 20 (late May) for the first Major and weeks 44 and 45 (early November) for the second one. The developer said that these events should be held in a "time zone convenient for a significant proportion of CS:GO customers", calling on tournament organisers to consider the scene's "two prime times" (16:00 CET and 21:00 CET) when preparing their bids.
Each of the five regions (Europe, CIS, North America, South America and Asia/Oceania) will host one RMR event, on LAN, ahead of the Majors. Valve will provide support for the prize pool, travel and accommodation for these events, which should be held in weeks 14 (early April) and 39 (late September).
After a long hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Major circuit will return in the fall with the $2 million PGL Major Stockholm (October 23 - November 7), which will culminate with the playoffs held at the Avicii Arena, formerly known as Ericsson Globe. It will be the first Major since the StarLadder Major Berlin in 2019, with the RMR qualifying process already underway in an online format.