Some Important Things You Should Know About The 2021 PGL Major

As you might already know, PGL CS: GO Major will be back in 2021 after a two-year break, and this only means one thing for fans—more excitement. As expected, the entire community is overjoyed for various reasons, mainly for taking part in the first LAN Major since the beginning of the pandemic.

This year, the event will take place in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, where 24 teams will compete for their share of a $2,000,000 prize pool. The teams that enter the CS:GO Major are chosen through a series of Regional Major Ranking (RMR) events that happen throughout the year. Typically, these events are initially held online and then conclude in at least one offline RMR per region before the Major.

The Swedish government has taken various steps this year to allow the entry of CS:GO professionals within the country. This happened as a result of large esports tournaments being released from the currently ongoing temporary entry ban, which gave them the same status as elite sports competitions, among other things.

It has been a long time since CS:GO last crowned a Major Champion. Check out Bookmaker for the odds on the 2021 PGL Major. Hence, the anticipations are high on who will rise to the top and claim the title?

In such a scenario, here is an important thing you should know about the 2021 PGL Major about to happen in Stockholm.

Will a Full Capacity of Crowd be Allowed?

After two years of anticipation, the CS:GO Major will happen in Stockholm. But the catch is that it will be held only if the local authorities lift pandemic restrictions for event players, staff, and fans before the two crucial deadlines. Meaning, the Swedish Government will have to revise the country’s entry ban that has been in effect since March 2020 in a way that it allows the entry of participants into the country for the international “elite” competitions.

It is expected that the indoor restrictions for events put forward by the PGL will be lifted on Sep 15, thereby enabling a considerable lot of “vaccinated audience” to spectate the event in person. The current restrictions in the country only allow 300 live spectators for any occasion.

As far as the significant dates for the PGL 2021 Major are considered, it was announced by Valve and the PGL in January that the next Major Championship would ideally be held between October 23 and November 7. Additionally, it was also stated that Stockholm’s Avicii Arena would act as the primary ground for the event or “heart of Counter-Strike.”

The PGL put forward very clear goals regarding the event this year. As it was the first CS:GO Major being held after the Berlin 2019, the organization was adamant that this year, the event had to be held in full capacity in order to bring out the true passion of players, organizations, and even the fans who are invested in this arena. For this reason, the Major will be held in a specific city this year in order to allow fans the opportunity to attend the event in person.

If Sweden chooses not to change their laws regarding travel restrictions, thereby allowing only a small group of fans to attend the event, the PGL might as well decide to hold the event somewhere else.

From what we know, the pandemic restrictions are pretty stringent in Stockholm, and the chances are really slight for any changes to be made to the laws. Currently, the PGL is also in talks with two other European countries, requesting for a full house. So if either of these two countries or Sweden itself shows a green flag, PGL will be moved to that venue on the same dates in November.

Fans who wish to attend the event can purchase tickets online. The sales for the upcoming fall Major will begin on September 16, 2021, whether or not a decision is reached on where the event will ultimately take place.

Either way, we can be sure that the PGL Major 2021 will be held offline. And we will get to witness the 24 teams battle right in front of our eyes. For those who can’t make it to the offline event, the CS:GO Major will also be streamed in 4K at 60 fps for the very first time.

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