Boston will be host to 2018’s first CS:GO Valve Major, with ELEAGUE on hosting duties.
The ELEAGUE Major will bring 16 of the world’s finest CS:GO teams together for a two week long showdown which will culminate in live playoffs from Friday 26 January to Sunday 28 January at Boston University’s Agganis Arena. The whole thing, from qualifiers to grand finals, will be streamed live on Twitch, Youtube, ELEAGUE’s website and TBS.
ELEAGUE also hosted the ELEAGUE MAJOR: Atlanta last January, which broke engagement records when Astralis and Virtus Pro clashed in the finals. ELEAGUE handling 2018’s first Major is a big sign from Valve that they view ELEAGUE as a safe pair of hands.
So far, Gambit Esports, Astralis, Virtus Pro, Fnatic, SK Gaming, BIG, North are all confirmed, and Immortals will be invited, providing they keep three of their four players on the roster. If the now departed Guiseppe and Teles twins end up at a new team together, they’ll take Immortals slot, which could make them an attractive pick up for an organisation looking to make their mark. These eight teams earned their invites by placing in PGL Krakow Major’s top eight.
The remaining eight teams will be decided by the Major qualifier, which will take teams who qualified for the previous major joined by those who prove themselves in the offline Minor qualifiers.
There’s no news yet on the talent that’ll be presenting the major, or the format and scheduling that’ll be used for the event, but it will be announced in the run-up to the event itself.