Report: Valve Announces Plans to Change the CS:GO Major Invitational System

Aditya Singh Rawat
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Valve has announced plans to change the way teams are invited for a Major, replacing the current Major invitation system with a ranking system, according to a report by HLTV. This ranking system will utilize two extra tournaments leading up to the Fall Major.

This information was sent to all the main tournament organizers via an email in which Valve explained this new ranking system. According to this document, teams will earn points through the Spring Major - ESL One Rio, scheduled to take place in May along with two other tournaments, leading up to the Fall Major which will take place from 2nd - 15th November.

These three tournaments combined will determine a ranking, according to which the top-eight teams on the rank list will be invited to the Fall Major as Legends, followed by the next eight teams being invited as Challengers, and the final eight teams making their way through the already existing Minor system.

Valve also asked these main tournament organizers to send in their suggestions for the above discussed two additional ranking tournaments, both pre-existing or new. But the suggested tournaments should fulfil the following requirements,

  • The event will be between July and September.

  • The event will result in a LAN portion with a minimum of 8 teams. The portion of the event preceding the LAN competition can be online or LAN.

  • The event will include a minimum of 24 teams, of which 16 slots are available to teams by Major ranking, and 8 are selected by a process of the TO's choosing.

  • The event results will differentiate between the top 16 performing teams and the remaining teams.

  • Initial seeding for the event will be done by Major ranking.

  • Valve will match up to $250k in prize money.

The developers additionally stated that the purpose of these tournaments will be to identify teams who will be invited to the Fall Major, stressing on the fact that they will not place any constraints on the Format, Size, and Location of these tournaments.

Just three weeks into 2020 and CS:GO is already seeing a lot of changes, both positive and negative. Already off to a great start, with some great statistics to back this claim and then ESL Pro Tour becoming the industry standard in current tournament landscape after the partnership between ESL, DreamHack, and CSPPA came to light. This year is already shaping up great for the veteran FPS title.

Aditya is the in-house CS:GO writer at AFK Gaming. While his understanding of the esports space is not restricted by geographical borders, his current focus lies in the Asian region. Understands and follows almost all major esport titles.

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