It is the sixteenth Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) Major Championship

PGL Major 2021 esports Counter Strike

IMG has agreed a deal to globally distribute the media rights to the PGL Stockholm Major 2021.

Taking place between the 26 October and 7 November, the it is the sixteenth Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) Major Championship and first in Sweden since 2014. The playoffs, played from 4-7 November, are expected to draw over 16,000 fans at the Avicii Arena, Stockholm.

Twenty-four teams across the globe will qualify in three different tiers; Legends; Challengers, and Contenders, with the prize money doubled to a record $2 million (£1.45m) - the largest pool in CS:GO history. The headline teams will be Ninjas in Pyjamas, Team Vitality, G2 Esports, Furia Esports, Team Liquid, Evil Geniuses, Nantus Vincere and Gambit Esports. 

Silviu Stroie, PGL CEO said: “The PGL Stockholm Major is set to be the esports spectacle of 2021 with the most competitive fields to date. Partnering with IMG will ensure this exciting event is seen as widely as possible by esports fans across the world.”

Joe Jenkins, commercial manager, IMG’s media business, added: “There is huge appetite and excitement amongst the counter-strike community for this event following last year’s cancellation due to the pandemic. Set to be distributed in 25 languages, we are delighted to be working with PGL to ensure the widest possible audience for the PGL Stockholm Major 2021 and a number of new territories for the sport.”