For CS:GO players, the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) Major Championships, also known as Majors, are the most important esports events. These LAN events, organized by Valve, showcase the best talent Counter-Strike has to offer with millions tuning in to see who are crowned champions and take away a chunk of the giant prize pool. All CS:GO Majors till date have told a story of triumph, setbacks and the ultimate victory in Counter-Strike esports. Let’s look at all the 19 CS:GO Majors to date, including their winners, prize pools and more.
CS:GO Majors History: Winners and Prize Pools
ESLs, PGLs and DreamHack have made up the bulk of CS:GO Majors so far. The first CS:GO Major was kicked off by DreamHack way back in 2013. Since then, the prize pools have also steadily gone up to hit $1,250,000 USD in the most recent Major. Here are all CS:GO Majors in chronological order along with winners, organizers, host cities and prize pools.
ESL One: Rio 2020 is not included, this Major was called off due to the pandemic.
In the IEM Rio Major 2022, Virtus.pro competed under the name ‘Outsiders’ due to sanctions against Russia in response to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The PGL Major Stockholm 2021 featured a $2,000,000 prize pool, double of the $1,000,000 offered since MLG Columbus 2016 because of a lack of LANs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The latest CS:GO Major was the BLAST Paris Major 2023, which ran from 8th to 21st May 2023. The next Counter-Strike Major will be the final one played in CS:GO and is scheduled for November 2023. Next year onwards, Majors will be played on Counter-Strike 2 with the first one set to be hosted by Copenhagen, Denmark. The PGL CS2 Major Copenhagen 2024 is tentatively happening between 17th and 31st March 2024.