Stockholm is still on the cards for PGL CSGO Major

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Earlier in January 2021, the North American event organizer PGL had announced that it would host CSGO’s 16th Major on LAN in Stockholm in Sweden from October 23 till November 7 with a whopping $2M USD up for grabs.

The venue decided is the famous Ericsson Globe which had earlier hosted the DreamHack Invitational in 2014 and DreamHack Masters Stockholm in 2018.

Today the event organizer through a blog post has posted an update regarding the same, where they weigh up the possibility of the CSGO Major happening in Stockholm, Sweden itself. A week earlier, PGL were seen pondering over the Venue selection and considered moving the Major to another European country due to the travel restrictions and the audience limit set by the Swedish Authorities. 

Until today, PGL have further stated upon the status of the same as they now bank on two key deadlines, to be declared by the Swedish Government on the dates, August 23 and September 15 respectively. The deadline on August 23 would see players and fans travel to Sweden in the wake of the temporary travel ban getting lifted while the second deadline i.e. September 15 may ease up the indoor restrictions, eventually allowing PGL to organize a full house during the playoffs event. 

In a press release, Mr. Vlad Ispas, Social Media Coordinator at PGL added,

The Swedish authorities are busy lifting restrictions for the PGL CSGO Major to take place in Stockholm, as we initially planned at the beginning of the year. We keep a very close eye on two deadlines. The first one will be on August 23rd: the Swedish Government proposed a change in the temporary entry ban that will allow all the players and people supporting the event to enter Sweden. The amendment is supposed to enter into force on August 23rd.

The ticket sales for the event will go live on September 16, irrespective of the determined location ahead towards the major. 

He further stated,

We’re looking forward to holding the PGL CSGO Major playoffs in Stockholm, but we’re also prepared to change direction in September if that event isn’t accessible to the audience. Regardless of where the Major ends up, we’re excited to bring you the best possible event with all the players, staff, and roaring crowds!

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