Valve open to proposals for CS2 Majors in 2025, 2026; Major dates moved to end of season
Valve has sent out a request for tournament organizers to bid on the coming Majors in 2025 and 2026.
Valve has sent out a request for proposals to tournament organizers, asking them to submit their bids for the 2025 and 2026 Majors. Two Majors per year are in the plans, as has been the case since 2016.
The dates for the CS2 Majors in 2025 and 2026 have changed, however, and are now set to take place at the end of the season — right before the summer and winter breaks — in June and December instead of May and November.
The dates for the 2025 and 2026 Majors will be:
June 9 – 22
June 8 – 21
November 30 – December 13
As has become procedure in the last years, tournament organizers will run the event from the qualifiers through to the RMRs and the Major proper, barring a change in the event's format and/or invitation slots. They will also receive financial backing from Valve regarding prize money and team travel and accommodation.
Tournament organizers could also be awarded more than one Major if they put in multiple bids.
The points of consderation from Valve are:
- We typically prioritize events that take place in regions where a TO has previously held successful events. Additionally, it is helpful to identify backup venues in case travel restrictions or other complications make the original location inaccessible.
- As with previous Major Championships, our primary goal is to identify an event that will provide the greatest entertainment value to existing CS2 customers, so please be specific when describing services or features of your event.
- Note that in general we do not weigh heavily any features that are untested, new, or in-development. If you are proposing novel features for your event, consider providing additional detail explaining how those features will be developed and tested, and what alternatives you'll consider if they cannot be executed as planned.
- The vast majority of spectators for your event will be viewing games through streams. Your proposal should include a distribution plan including the expected streaming platforms, languages available, schedule, etc.
- The event should be time zone convenient for a significant proportion of CS2 customers (the game has two prime-times, one at 16:00 CET and one at 21:00 CET).
- To allow us to properly evaluate your proposal, please include a link to footage of events you have run recently that are of comparable production quality to the event you are proposing.
- For both the Major and RMRs, Valve will provide support for the prize pool and players’ travel and accommodation.
The Major tournaments, as has been the case since 2022, will have to adhere to Valve's supplemental rulebook, which is periodically revised. The Bellevue-based company also welcomes feedback regarding the rule book to take into consideration for future revisions.