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ESL One Rio announced, first CS:GO major in Brazil

Counter-Strike history will be made when the first major comes to Jeunesse Arena in Rio. Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

ESL announced Rio 2020 on Wednesday, the first Counter-Strike: Global Offensive major to be held in Brazil.

The Champions Stage of the 24-team event will be held at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro from May 21-24 and feature a $1 million prize pool. Rio 2020 will also be part of the ESL Pro Tour, with participating teams collecting points for the "Road to Cologne" and upcoming Masters Championships.

ESL held a Pro League event in Sao Paulo in 2016, but this will be the first CS:GO major in a country that has produced numerous elite professional players and teams.

The competition is open to all teams, with the minors taking place April 28-May 3 across the Asia, North America, CIS and Europe regions. Of the 32 teams, 10 will qualify for the Challengers Stage May 11-14.

The top six qualifying teams from the New Challengers stage will also gain Challenger status and advance to the 16-team Challengers Stage.

The final qualifying round will be the Legends Stage from May 16-19. The top eight teams from every major gain Legend status and will be joined by eight qualified teams from the Challengers Stage.

That sets the stage for the live Champions Stage, with the final eight qualified teams battling it out live at Jeunesse Arena.

Tickets for the event will go on sale Thursday.

The current qualified teams are:

  • Astralis

  • AVANGAR

  • 100 Thieves (formerly Renegades)

  • Evil Geniuses (formerly NRG)

  • ENCE

  • Team Vitality

  • Natus Vincere

  • Team Liquid

  • mousesports

  • G2 Esports

  • CR4ZY

  • MIBR

  • FaZe Clan

  • North

--Field Level Media