ESL has announced this year’s next CS:GO Major. The IEM Rio Major 2022 is set to take place in Rio, Brazil.
The news follows the triumph of PGL’s first CS:GO Major, which took place in 2022. According to Esports Charts, the event had an overall peak viewership of over 2.1 million, making it the second most popular CS:GO esports event.
The IEM Rio Major will take place from October 31 to November 13, according to ESL Gaming. Moreover, the Champions Stage will be a LAN event with a live audience at Rio de Janeiro’s Jeunesse Arena.
IEM Rio Major
Valve will host the Rio Major in the same pattern as previous Majors, with regional RMR tournaments choosing who will be the Legends, Challengers, and Contenders.
The Challengers Stage will feature sixteen Challengers and Contenders, followed by an eight-team single-elimination bracket in the Legends Stage and an eight-team single-elimination tournament in the Champions Stage.
The event will feature a massive prize pool of $1 million.
IEM Rio 2022 will be the 18th CS:GO Major since 2013, and ESL’s 10th overall. The latest Major ESL hosted was the IEM Katowice Major in 2019, where Astralis won their third overall Major.
Earlier, ESL had already planned a Major for Rio. But they couldn’t host it due to covid. The Majors came back into the picture with the PGL Major Stockholm 2021.
ESL and Valve started the ticket sale on 25 May 2022. But the popularity for CS:GO Majors is very high. The tickets for the event were sold out within 1 hour since the sale began.
The capacity of Jeunesse Arena is 18,000, which is way too less for the huge Brazilian CS:GO community.
Therefore, fans are demanding a venue change for the event. Teams are also requesting to make a football ground as the venue.
Hopefully, ESL will change the venue for all the CS:GO fans in Brazil.
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