Valve posted a blog Wednesday opening up about its selection process for Counter-Strike Majors and how the developer selects tournament organizers and cities.
The goal, Valve wrote, is to pick an event most likely to give CS:GO fans an exciting experience. The three main criteria are events that:
1. Exceed expectations and innovate
2. Are scheduled conveniently for a typical CS:GO player at home
3. Are available for free on the platforms preferred by the audience
Valve also values tournament organizers "willing to take risks and
As for picking future Majors, Valve's plan to this point was to pick the next Major host after the closest Major ends, but the developer will change that philosophy going forward, with the aim of picking Majors one event in advance, to ease the scheduling and planning process.
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