Photo provided by Bart Oerbekke and ESL
Brazil fans rejoice! You’re finally getting a Counter-Strike major. ESL One Rio was revealed today, and will take place fittingly in the city of Rio de Janeiro in 2020. The event will run from May 21st through the 24 at the Jeunesse Arena.
With tickets set to go live tomorrow afternoon, one of the most passionate fanbases on earth is certain to be hungry for them. South America is one of the fastest growing regions on Earth for esports, and you can bet the 24 teams that qualify for ESL One Rio will be playing in front of a raucous crowd.
Joe’s thoughts: To say that Brazilian fans are passionate is the understatement of the century. As a long time League of Legends player, I’ve seen first hand how much that base has grown over the last 10 years. Whether it be fighting games, CS:GO, League, or FIFA, South America has cemented itself as a relevant region for the foreseeable future. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see a League of Legends World Championship in Brazil as soon as 2024. What’s the over-under on fans wearing MIBR gear at ESL One Rio? I’d put it at 50% or higher.