The ministry of Sweden has relaxed the restrictions on esports athletes, providing them with the same travel exemptions as any other mainstream sport in the country.
Had the travel restrictions for esports athletes not been eased, PGL would have been forced to move the major to another country entirely. In fact, PGL was already in discussions with other European countries regarding the subject in case they had to move the major away from Sweden.
If things go smoothly, CS:GO fans might be able to see the PGL Major 2021 taking place in Stockholm as scheduled between the 23rd of October and the 7th of November.
All esports athletes have been granted the same travel exemptions as other sports in Sweden and they will be able to enter the country regardless of their country of origin if they provide a negative Covid-19 test.
The removal of the travel restrictions for players was one of the conditions for PGL to host the event in the country. The other criterion, where indoor restrictions for events are lifted, should be fulfilled by the 15th of September. This would allow the PGL Major to have a full house during the playoffs at the Aviici Arena.
But, nothing is set in stone just yet. Things could change any moment now, especially with Covid-19 cases steadily increasing across Europe. On the bright side, PGL is ready to switch the location should things go to the point of no return.