The gaming world is in for a treat as the first major for the new Counter-Strike 2 will be hosted at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark. Valve finally announced Counter-Strike 2 as a much-awaited overhaul to the critically acclaimed FPS shooter game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
The game is set to release sometime in the Summer of 2023, kicking off the countdown for its first major. The CS-2 showpiece event will be will take place between March 17-31 in 2024. The major will be created in partnership with PGL, which has been part of multiple esports tournaments.
The PGL Major Stockholm in 2021 was the most-watched CS: GO tournament of all time, whereas the recent CS: GO Major in Antwerp, organised by PGL, was the largest indoor esports event ever, bringing over 20,000 fans to the Sportpaleis.
The Copenhagen Major will include 24 Counter-Strike 2 teams and have a massive prize pool of $1,250,000. The event is set to be the first Counter-Strike Major to take place in Denmark, a country with a long and proud history in esports.
The CEO of PGL, Silviu Stroie, spoke about organising the first Counter-Strike 2 major and expressed excitement about creating a global stage for one of the best games in history. Stroie further spoke on Denmark’s rich history in the esport and hopes to break the game's all-time viewership records.
He said, “One of the greatest games of all time is marching to another chapter, and we couldn't be happier to host probably the most important Major of the franchise in recent years. Denmark has a rich esports heritage, and we are excited to bring the world's best Counter-Strike teams to Copenhagen to compete for the game's most prestigious title. Our ambition for PGL CS2 Major Copenhagen 2024 is to break the game's all-time viewership records.”