- Valve gave tournament organizers a deadline for proposals for the 2023 competitive season
- It also outlined what it wants to see a CS:GO Majors
- Organizers have a lot of freedom in terms of format and features
Valve sent a new email to tournament organizers, detailing what it wants to see for 2023’s CS:GO Majors.
Organizers Given a Deadline for CS:GO Majors
Just like in traditional sports, large-scale esports competitions and leagues are often organized by third parties, rather than the creators of the game. This is also the case with Valve’s main FPS title CS:GO, whose events are often being organized by the likes of BLAST Premier and ESL Pro League.
However, Valve still retains the utmost authority when it comes to organizing events. These events are often being prepared a year in advance and this seems to be the case for the May and November 2023 Majors. According to an email reportedly sent to organizers that were acquired by HLTV, the company gave tournament organizers until June 21 to submit proposals for hosting the events.
Valve also informed the organizers of its plans to make its selections for the 2023 Majors as soon as June 28, which is just a week after the deadline. The company also said that the organizers will be responsible for any regional qualifying events, including Regional Major Ranking (RMR) events and open qualifiers.
What Is Valve Looking For in Tournament Organizers?
Valve also explained in the email some things it is looking for when deciding on an organizer to host the Majors.
Due to uncertainties surrounding travel restrictions, Valve wants organizers to make events in regions where the tournament organizer has previously operated successful events. The company also asked organizers to identify a backup venue in case travel restrictions makes the original location inaccessible.
Valve also explained what it is looking for in terms of any event’s services and features. The company said it is open to newer features but requested detailed descriptions of them. “Note that in general, we do not weigh heavily on any features that are untested, new, or in development,” Valve wrote.
An adequate broadcasting plan is also one of Valve’s requirements. “The vast majority of spectators for your event will be viewing games through streams,” Valve wrote, explaining that the organizer should provide a detailed plan for streaming platforms, languages available, and schedule. This includes conducting the tournament at a time suitable for most CS:GO customers. “CS:GO has two prime times, one at 16:00 CET and one at 21:00 CET,” Valve wrote.
ESL has hosted the most Majors, including the upcoming Rio major this year. The other tournaments have been hosted by PGL (Stockholm 2021 and Antwerp 2022), and one has been held by StarLadder (Berlin 2019). However, with next year’s competitive CS:GO season we might see some new names that have never hosted a Major before, get in on the action of one of the biggest esports events in the world.