Anna König Jerlmyr, Mayor of Stockholm, Sweden, has written an open letter regarding the possibility that CS:GO’s next Major will fail to take place in Sweden. This follows a similar removal of the Dota 2 International 10 tournament from the nation. Both conflicts arose due to the Swedish Sports Federation’s decision not to recognize esports as an elite sport, thereby hindering visa acquisition for players and staff.
“The government is about to repeat the same mistake it did a couple of weeks ago when the world’s biggest e-sports tournament, The International, was moved from Stockholm. Now the story sadly looks to repeat itself for CS:GO Major, when the government not this time either can give reassurance which can guarantee that the tournament carries through.”
In her letter, Mayor König Jerlmyr also rebuts probable arguments against the event, including most concerns pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, which she states “is now getting better.”
Stockholm’s mayor has implored Sweden’s government on behalf of CS:GO’s major, esports as a whole, and the capital’s locals and tourists alike. Little time will tell whether or not the event will follow Dota 2’s International 10 out of the country, or positively define Sweden’s esports scene going forward.