CSGO: Starladder to host Berlin Major in Autumn 2019
After a few hours of confusion on social media, the host of the second CSGO Major in 2019 was confirmed by Dekay over at Dextero, with Starladder having been awarded the honour of running the event. Taking place in Berlin, in the autumn of 2019, this will be the first Major hosted by the group, and the second to take place in Europe this year.
That means that for the first time since 2015, we will not see a NA CSGO Major in 2019, provided we stick to the two-Majors per year idea. It also doesn’t bode that well for FACEIT, who hosted the London event in 2018 and were nowhere near the conversation to repeat in the following year, something ELEAGUE managed to achieve with Atlanta and then Boston.
This is fair and fitting reward for a group that have been committed to supporting CSGO and the CIS region since 2012, and recognition of their efforts to improve their product quality year on year. It will also be the first event Starladder have hosted in Germany, with the company previously limiting themselves to Ukraine, Belarus and China.
They have extensive experience hosting Majors in other games, and recently ran the Chongqing Major in China for Dota 2. That was a tournament with as many problems as it had plusses, but in the end it went off well, with criticisms about talent pool and player conditions mainly forgotten when the action was underway. That experience has to be a consideration for Valve, who of course own both Dota and CSGO, even if it isn’t directly applicable to the CS competition.
There remains much of the detail to be announced, but the news was met with a largely positive reaction online, and rightly so. After some of the Major debacles we’ve had lately, it is great to see a company with such pedigree and history in the game rewarded, and we can only hope they put on a Major fitting of their reputation and role in CS’s development.