New Circuit Announcement Creates Ripples in Counter-Strike Esports as PGL Shakes Things Up Before Major Final

By Arjun Nair
Crowd enjoying the PGL Copenhagen CS2 Major.

PGL Announces Exciting Schedule for CS2 Tournaments in 2025 and 2026

A CS2 tournament organizer who’s so far been recognizable mostly for hosting Major events, PGL announced its new schedule for 2025 and 2026. It’s composed of 11 different Counter-Strike events, which are more than certain to shake up the scene.

Overview of PGL’s New Tournament Schedule

PGL’s newest schedule was revealed on March 31, a few hours before the final of PGL Copenhagen CS2 Major, where FaZe Clan and Natus Vincere clash for either organization’s second trophy. The schedule sees 11 tournaments, five in 2025 and six in 2026, set to happen in different months. It goes as follows.

– 2025
– PGL CS2 Tournament #1: Feb. 10-24
– PGL CS2 Tournament #2: March 31 – April 14
– PGL CS2 Tournament #3: May 3-19
– PGL CS2 Tournament #4: Sept. 29 – Oct. 13
– PGL CS2 Tournament #5: Oct. 18 – Nov. 3

– 2026
– PGL CS2 Tournament #6: Feb. 16 – March 2
– PGL CS2 Tournament #7: March 23 – April 6
– PGL CS2 Tournament #8: May 2-18
– PGL CS2 Tournament #9: Aug. 3-17
– PGL CS2 Tournament #10: Sept. 28 – Oct. 12
– PGL CS2 Tournament #11: Oct. 19 – Nov. 2

According to the company, the news and plans follow Valve’s latest changes in the CS2 tournament circuit, which forbid ESL and BLAST from maintaining their partnered leagues in the scene. “Due to a prevailing monopoly, this endeavor was unattainable until January 1st, 2025,” the statement reads.

With no details available about the upcoming tournaments at the time of writing, PGL states its intention to organize “Tier 1 and non-Major Counter-Strike 2 tournaments.” However, given how the Romanian company has hosted three Valve-sponsored events in the last three years, it’s more than likely to see it do that again on one of those 11 occasions.

Earlier in March, PGL revealed the details about its Dota 2 circuit for the next two years. It’s set to host three tournaments in 2025 and 2026 each.

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