It appears Valve is getting its house in order when it comes to planning ahead as the dates for the next four CSGO majors - in 2020 and 2021 - have been provisionally set.
Valve on Wednesday set out the dates for the 2019-2020 Dota Pro Circuit, with five majors and five minors, and has seemingly done something similar for CSGO.
According to HLTV, an email has been sent to tournament organisers inviting applications to host CSGO majors for the following dates:
- May 11th to 24th 2020
- November 2nd to 15th 2020
- May 10th to 23rd 2021
- November 1st to 14th 2021
Timing and format shake-up?
Interestingly, the second major in each year has been scheduled for November. It follows criticism that the Starladder's 2019 Berlin Major is due to start almost immediately after a player break.
The proposed date ranges for 2020 and 2021 CSGO majors are two weeks, rather than the current three-week windows, suggesting tournament formats will change, with tournament organisers required to double stream Swiss stages.
According to HLTV, the email suggests Valve will favour hosts in timezones that favour the majority of the CSGO audience, with a 9pm CET "primetime" slot.
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