Protests Disrupt Counter Strike 2 Major: G2 Esports Targeted Amid Controversy

Protests Disrupt Counter Strike 2 Major: G2 Esports Targeted Amid Controversy

1. April 2024 by Valentin Pasetti

The PGL Major in Copenhagen has been delivering as expected, setting the stage for the first Major in Counter Strike 2 history. However, the event, organized by VALVE and PGL, was overshadowed this weekend during the playoffs when protesters stormed the stage, disrupting the proceedings.

Controversial Interruption

The controversy unfolded during the intermission of Map 2 between MOUZ and G2 Esports, the last quarter-final match of the Counter Strike 2 Major playoffs. Multiple individuals unexpectedly rushed onto the stage, disrupting the event.

While security swiftly intervened, the protesters had already achieved their objective: they destroyed the Major trophy displayed at the center of the stage.

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Targeting G2 Esports

The protesters aimed to voice their opposition to one of the sponsors associated with G2 Esports, which deals with casinos, gambling, and fraud, according to their claims. Without naming the specific sites involved, it’s widely known within the public domain.

The protest was orchestrated by the CEO of a competing casino and gambling website, condemning their rival and accusing them of fraudulent activities.

G2 Esports had prominently displayed the sponsor’s logo on their jerseys, leading to speculation about their ongoing contractual ties despite the sponsor facing investigations. Consequently, the protesters sought to harm the team and intimidate its players.

Enhanced Security Measures

Although the disruption lasted only 20 minutes, the message was clear, and the potential for violence was evident. As a precautionary measure, G2 Esports players have opted for reduced interaction with the audience during the Counter Strike 2 Major. Despite the interruption, the European club emerged victorious over MOUZ with a 2-0 win in the quarter-finals.

Today, Saturday, March 30, G2 Esports will compete in one of the semifinals of the Counter Strike 2 Major against NaVi at 20:00 CET. Concerns about further protests have led to additional security measures, with PGL erecting barriers to restrict access to the stage area.

Ensuring Uninterrupted Gameplay

Both PGL and the teams and fans are committed to ensuring that the tournament proceeds smoothly without further disruptions. The Counter Strike 2 Major could overcome this setback and progress towards one of its most promising conclusions. G2 Esports, NaVi, Team Vitality, and FaZe Clan are all vying for a title that could go to anyone.

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