Valve has started the selection process for the second CS:GO Major of 2018 and will make a decision by the end of November, according to a report Monday from HLTV.
Valve emailed tournament organizers seeking proposals for the second Major of 2018 and will look to choose one by the end of next month, the game developer confirmed to HLTV. The ELEAGUE Major will take place Jan. 26-28 in Boston, and the second Major would ideally take place in late August or early September, according to the report.
Announcing the second Major of 2018 before the end of 2017 would be a marked change for Valve. The last three Majors were not announced until after the preceding Major had completed, but some of the complications and tight schedule of qualifiers for the Minors leading up to the upcoming ELEAGUE Major might have fueled the change.
ESL and DreamHack (which are both owned by MTG) have hosted eight of the 11 CS:GO Majors to this point, but neither has hosted one since ESL One Cologne in 2015. DreamHack’s last Major was DreamHack Winter in 2014. It will be interesting to see if one of those tournament organizers emerges as the host for the second Major of 2018.