Valve cancels the November Rio Major and hints at more changes to coaching in CSGO

Nafiu Aziz
By Nafiu Aziz
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In a recent blog post, Valve officially announced that they are going to cancel the November Major that was supposed to take place in Rio due to the global pandemic.

While many analysts suspected such an incident would unfold, the general consensus was that Valve was going to follow through with their original dates. However, as it turns out, Valve decided to totally cancel the November Rio Major until any further notice.

We’re not going to ask players and fans to risk their health in order to attend a Major while the pandemic still poses a threat to travelers. Therefore, we have made the painful decision to cancel the November Major“, Valve announced the cancellation in a recent blog post.

CSGO Major 2020 November canceled
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For the time being, it seems like Valve will just continue with their online tournaments. Additionally, they also claimed that Valve might not announce the date of the next Major until the world goes back to a state where it is safe for players to experience a live CSGO event.

First, we’re going to hold off on scheduling Majors until, at a minimum, Regional Major Ranking (RMR) LAN events are safe to hold around the world. Until then, we expect to continue to hold online RMR events to keep track of the best teams in each region“, Valve on online tournaments.

Major changes to coaching in CSGO:

After the recent incident where some of the coaches in CSGO were disqualified for abusing a bug during a real tournament, Valve hints at a possible change to “mid-match coaching“. Since mid-match coaching might tempt some teams to compromise the competitive integrity of the game, Valve might change how coaching works in CSGO.

Regardless of those penalties, mid-match coaching will always be a tempting opportunity for some teams to violate the integrity of the match. So we may also consider limitations to coaching“, Valve on mid-match coaching.

Therefore, Valve might make some big changes to how coaching is done in CSGO. And the change might start with limiting the option to coach players in the middle of the match.

Nafiu Aziz is an avid gamer and a writer at GameRiv, covering Apex Legends, CS:GO, VALORANT, and plenty of other popular FPS titles in between. He scours the internet daily to get the latest scoop in esports.