StarLadder recently pushed to hold a tournament during the scheduled professional CS:GO player break, according to multiple sources. The dates and length of the proposed event were never disclosed to DBLTAP, but multiple sources confirm the idea was rejected by members of the CSPPA.
The motive by StarLadder for holding a tournament was because of players and teams playing at home as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, said one source. StarLadder felt that teams playing online and not traveling was what they considered a break because of the lack of travel. The proposition was quickly shut down before it had a chance to come to fruition and did not receive any support from players. The player break is scheduled to span from July 6 to Aug. 6, as a result of negotiations between the CSPPA and multiple tournament organizers.
The latest Counter-Strike event for StarLadder was StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 8 in October of 2019 following the Berlin Major in September. Evil Geniuses won the tournament with a 2-0 victory over Fnatic after falling to the lower bracket earlier on in the event. At this point in time, no other tournaments have been announced for StarLadder, with only six months remaining on the yearly calendar.
Holding events since as early as 2012 in CS:GO, StarLadder has been a holder of prestigious international tournaments with heavy prize pools. Seasons 7 and 8 were the largest prize pools they had ever awarded outside of a Major with a total of $500,000 handed out for each event. Prior to that, their $300,000 prize pools were among the highest in the industry between 2016 and 2019.
Representatives from StarLadder did not initially respond to requests for comment.