Valve Cancels ESL Rio Major; Breaks Silence Regarding CS:GO Coaching Scandal

The ESL Rio 2020 Major was cancelled, Valve announced Sept. 9.
The ESL Rio 2020 Major was cancelled, Valve announced Sept. 9. | Photo by ESL

Valve announced that the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ESL Rio Major was cancelled amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additionally, Majors won't be scheduled until LAN events are safe to be held around the world. Until then, online ranking events will be held in each region.

"When we announced the Rio Major, we were excited to bring a CS:GO Major to one of Counter-Strike’s most passionate fan bases. At the time, we couldn’t have imagined the global challenges that have limited live events throughout 2020. We’re not going to ask players and fans to risk their health in order to attend a Major while the pandemic still poses a threat to travelers. Therefore, we have made the painful decision to cancel the November Major," Valve said in its announcement.

Valve Cancels ESL Rio Major; Breaks Silence Regarding CS:GO Coaching Scandal

Valve also commented on the coaching scandal where several professional coaches used a bug in the game to gain a competitive advantage.

"It is unfortunate and frustrating that we did not respond to this bug sooner. But bugs are the reality of software—and until they are resolved, we need to be able to trust players and coaches. We won’t spend much time here reiterating our stance on the importance of integrity in CS:GO matches. At a minimum, we expect that players and coaches will play by the rules, and immediately pause the match and alert tournament admins if they know of an issue that may give them (or an opponent) an unfair advantage," Valve said.

Its statement on coaching ended that the role might be limited in the future.