Counter-Strike is a pillar license of video games, and by extension of esports, worldwide. Released in 2012, the opus Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has been fueling the competitive scene for 10 years now. Professional tactical FPS players compete throughout the year in different tournaments around the world, with the Majors being the most prestigious. These meetings, bringing together the best players in the world, each time bring together several hundred thousand spectators, whether in the halls or behind a screen. If French esports did not wait for institutions to develop, the organization of a tournament of such magnitude in France will undoubtedly allow it to take a step forward.
The event under the leadership of Blast Entreprise, a recognized organizer of esports tournaments, will take place from May 8 to 21, 2023, with a grand finale at the Accor Hotel Arena in Bercy. Blast executive Robbie Douek revealed more details about the tournament at France Info : “A Major lasts a few weeks, we have the opportunity to really make this format travel… The final will be in Paris and we are delighted to do this at the Accor Hotel Arena in Bercy, but we really want to activate all of France. .. From north to south, east to west, we are really open to everything”
A large-scale national event that will allow France to be the center of attention some time before the start of the 2024 Olympics. A challenge that Blast wishes to take up with panache: “Next year will mark the tenth anniversary of the Majors and we are confident that we will mark this occasion by bringing CS:GO fans the biggest Major ever. We will work closely with Valve to ensure we exceed community expectations and deliver an amazing event.“says Robbie Douek in a press release. A major tournament which is also part of the development strategy for esports in France promoted by the Élysée.
After a rather clumsy meeting with the various French players in the field, the Head of State had promised to develop tricolor esports. The event was announced by Emmanuel Macron himself in his Z Event support video, which struggled to go through due to the clumsiness of the message and the timing, as you explain Digital. “We wanted him to talk to us about the environment, he decided to talk to us about gaming and esports, well, it was not a good day…”, in particular expressed live Jean Massiet, political streamer. Be that as it may, this French Major will remain a historic event, capable of shaking up esports in France.