The start of 2020 saw big changes to the entire eSports calendar. Almost every event was affected, either because they were cancelled, had their dates moved or went online rather than inside an arena.
The remainder of 2020 is likely to see some changes continuing, especially when it comes to having fans inside arenas watching the action, hopefully, this does return before the end of the year. However, the eSports industry and in particular those who are managing CS:GO events are doing their best to get as many big events running as possible.
For those looking to watch, enjoy and gamble on CSGO events across 2020, here is a rundown of the major events that are still scheduled to take place this year.
The biggest event of August takes place right at the end of the month and it is also one of the biggest we will see in 2020. The ESL One Cologne 2020 runs from August 21 until August 30 and brings together some of the very best players in the world for a prize pool of $1 million. The tournament was scheduled to take place inside an arena with fans in attendance but it will now be an online-only tournament with a live stream for those wanting to watch.
Elsewhere, DreamHack are hosting two events from August 8 until August 16, one for European players and one for those in America, both online and with $90,000 prize pools.
September is a quiet month for CSGO tournaments, the only one of note scheduled for the month is the ESL Pro League Season 12, which has a date of September 2. 24 teams will battle it out here to win what is currently an unknown prize pool, this will be announced nearer to the start of the event.
The BLAST Premier Fall Series takes centre stage in October, running from October 15 until October 31. The prize pool for this event stands at $300,000 and just 12 teams will have the chance to win this.
Elsewhere across the same dates, running from 16-18 October, a $100,000 prize pool is up for grabs at the DreamHack Open Rotterdam.
The biggest tournament of the rest of 2020 takes place in November and the hope is that fans will be able to watch live from the arena. This is the ESL One Rio 2020, a tournament that was originally scheduled for May but was moved until November. The tournament dates are 19-22 November.
The original prize pool of $1 million from May has been added to the November ESL prize pool to give a total of $2 million in prizes to the teams taking part here. We will see 16 teams battling it out, the event will be live-streamed and the hope is that people will also be able to attend and watch inside the arena.
Elsewhere in November, the BLAST Premier Showdown takes place from 25-29 November and this has a prize pool of $325,000 for the teams to compete for. 10 will take part in this one, with a venue and other details still to be confirmed.
Lastly, we go to Sweden from November 27 until November 29 for the DreamHack Open in Jonkoping. Those competing here are battling it out for a prize pool of $100,000.
We have two events taking place in December to round off the 2020 eSports CS:GO calendar. Both take place during the same time too, with the BLAST Premier Fall Series Finals for 2020 taking place from December 8 until December 13. Eight teams will make it through to this round where they will compete to see who wins the final BLAST event of the year.
DeamHack also host their final event at this time, their event begins on December 11 and runs until December 13. This time around, the event will be hosted by Madrid, with a prize fund of $100,000 on offer to the competing players.
The start of 2020 has been disrupted but things appear to be clearing up. We have some fantastic events to look forward to over the coming months and the hope is that at some point we can have fans back inside the arenas to cheer on some of the biggest eSports stars in the world.
The $2 million ESL One Rio 2020 event in November is the highlight of the remaining calendar, so be sure to check out the competitors nearer the time in this one.