18th Apr 2019 by Cam Brierley

Updated 6th Feb 2020

When is the next CS:GO Major in 2020? Dates, location, schedule, how to watch, jobs & more

Keep up to date with when the next CS:GO Major is, where it's located and how you can watch with our constantly-updated article.

Nothing is celebrated in the CS:GO calendar like the Majors are. They’re the tournaments that bring global attention to the game and the ones that tend to produce storylines and matches like nothing else.

The next CS:GO Major in 2020 will be ESL One: Rio, taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This will be the sixteenth CS:GO Major to date, and the first one to be held in Brazil.

ESL One: Rio commences on May 11, 2020 and concludes with a (hopefully) epic grand final on May 24. Here’s what the schedule of the next Major looks like:

  • May 11 - 14: New Challengers Stage
  • May 16 - 19: New Legends Stage
  • May 21 - 24: New Champions Stage

The playoffs (named the “New Champions Stage”) will be held in the Jeunesse Arena, a magnificent venue with a maximum capacity of 18,000 people, which is located in Rio de Janeiro.

The prize pool of the upcoming CS:GO Major is $1,000,000, with $500,000 of that going to the winning team.

Tickets are available on the ESL website, though a significant number have already been sold as of February 2020 - only a handful of weekend and single day tickets are left.

ESL One: Rio will be broadcast online in English, while the in-stadium casting will be done in Portuguese. So far, it's not been announced what platform the tournament will be broadcast on.

Astralis are the reigning Major champions, claiming victory at the StarLadder Berlin Major in September last year. As the undisputed best team in the world that is showing no signs of slowing down, it will be interesting to see if Astralis can pick up another Major victory to become the first team in history to win four in a row.

We’ll be sure to keep an eye out for any jobs with ESL that give people the opportunity to work at the Major! You can check out any available jobs ESL have here.

Be sure to keep an eye on our jobs feed and drop us a follow on Twitter to make sure you don’t miss out on any other CS:GO opportunities!

If you need a refresher on who won all of the past majors, we’ve compiled a full list for you below:

$1,000,000 Majors:

  • StarLadder Major 2019 | Berlin, Germany | August/September 2019 | Winners: Astralis
  • IEM Katowice 2019 | Katowice, Poland | March 2019 | Winners: Astralis
  • FACEIT Major 2018 | London, England | September 2018 | Winners: Astralis
  • Eleague Major 2018 | Boston, USA | January 2018 | Winners: Cloud9
  • PGL Krakow 2017 | Kraków, Poland | July 2017 | Winners: Gambit
  • Eleague Major 2017 | Atlanta, USA | January 2017 | Winners: Astralis
  • ESL One Cologne 2016 | Cologne, Germany | July 2016 | Winners: SK Gaming
  • MLG Columbus 2016 | Columbus, USA | March/April 2016 | Winners: Luminosity Gaming

$250,000 Majors:

  • DreamHack Cluj-Napoca 2015 | Cluj-Napoca, Romania | October 2015 | Winners: Team Envy
  • ESL One Cologne 2015 | Cologne, Germany | August 2015 | Winners: Fnatic
  • ESL One Katowice 2015 | Katowice, Poland | March 2015 | Winners: Fnatic
  • DreamHack Winter 2014 | Jönköping, Sweden | November 2014 | Winners: Team LDLC
  • ESL One Cologne 2014 | Cologne, Germany | August 2014 | Winners: Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • ESL One Katowice 2014 | Katowice, Poland | March 2014 | Winners: Virtus.pro
  • DreamHack Winter 2013 | Jönköping, Sweden | November 2013 | Winners: Fnatic

Image credit: DreamHack / Sebastian Ekman