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CEO is returning later this year to help usher in the revival of offline fighting game majors

December is a good time to head to Florida

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • May 18, 2021 at 1:57 p.m. PDT • Comments: 17

Offline fighting game tournaments were all set to the side last year after the world began to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, which put tournament organizers in incredibly difficult predicaments, but it seems like we're finally approaching the end of the tunnel to safely bring majors back.

CEO Gaming announced today that Community Effort Orlando will be making a comeback in late 2021 with a date and location set for the return of one of the best majors the FGC has to offer.

According to the announcement post, CEO 2021 will run from December 3–5 and will be making a comeback to its original stomping grounds of Orlando, Florida instead of the Daytona Beach venue used in more recent years.

No list of available games has been revealed yet, but we will receive one soon with a trailer for CEO in June around the time registration also goes live.

The CEO website will also be seeing an overhaul and re-launch next month, as the organizers are planning to share their new community and COVID-19 policies there.

Community Effort Orlando first began in 2010 with founder Alex Jebailey where it quickly grew to become one of the largest and most-respected majors in the fighting game scene.

The yearly tournament series branched out with a spin-off called CEOtaku in 2015 to specifically cater to anime fighters, and they've also had featured pro-wrestling collaboration events in more recent years.

After CEO 2020 was canceled due to the ongoing pandemic, CEO 2021 was originally scheduled to take place in June like it normally does, but had to be pushed back again.

This may mark the first completely open offline fighting game major since early 2020, so it'll likely be a landmark return for the FGC after the year we've endured.

Judging by the previous tournaments, we should likely expect to see the Street Fighters, Super Smash Bros., Tekkens and Guilty Gears of the world to make an appearance alongside other titles to compete in.

EventHubs reached out to Alex Jebailey for comments on what to expect for CEO 2021, and we'll update you when we receive a response.

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