First CSGO Major of 2022 announced for May in Antwerp, Belgium



The first Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO) Major of the year will be hosted in Belgium by PGL, the group who ran the first and only Major for CSGO in 2021. In what is another first for the game and Valve, the tournament will be run in Antwerp, Belgium, from May 9-22.



The live sections of the Belgium Major will take place at the Sportpaleis, an arena with an 18,400 capacity for sporting events. In their announcement, PGL called the event they ran for Valve in Stockholm last year the "most successful CSGO event in history", which is certainly true by some metric. The tournament broke viewership records for a CSGO major, as well as offering the largest prize pool in CS history at $2M, a number the Antwerp event will apparently not match.


The live-audience playoffs of the Antwerp Major will run from May 19-22, which presumably means that the rest of the tournament will take place in a studio setting, with no crowd noise or fans present.


This also marks the first time a tournament organiser has run back-to-back events since ESL did so back in 2014, a feat which PGL deserve praise for. Their recent event was not without controversy, with conditions for talent not ideal, issues around playing conditions for the teams, late changes to the schedule, and some ridiculous talent drama, but clearly, Valve were happy with the job done overall and decided to go back to PGL once more.

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