The forthcoming Paris Major will be the last CS: GO Major ever. It is being held in the Accor Arena in the middle of France’s capital city, boasting a prize pool of $1.25 million. After a decade, it is the swan song event for what is undoubtedly the most popular esports title in the entire globe.
Valve has confirmed that the inaugural Counter-Strike 2 Major will occur in March 2024. This creates a gap that has never been seen before between arguably the most significant competitions in the esports landscape for this series. It is presumed that this is done so that the game’s professional players will have sufficient time to become proficient in CS2 once the game has graduated from its limited test period.
Counter-Strike 2 Is Getting Crazy
There is a lot of press surrounding the closed testing phase of Counter-Strike 2, even though Valve is currently being pretty selective about who can play Counter-Strike 2 right now. Valve has stated that the full version of Counter-Strike 2 will be released in the summer of 2023 and will be free to play. This news comes after a series of disclosures showing what is new in Counter-Strike 2.
The final ever CSGO Major will be held in Paris from the 8th through the 21st of May, and all of the best Counter-Strike teams in the world will be there to compete. It will be one of the final trophies to be hoisted on a significant stage for a game that has, in many ways, been the driving force behind the expansion of the esports sector over the past ten years.
CS: GO has had no trouble keeping relevant in recent weeks, as seen by its recurrent achievement of record-breaking player figures. Nevertheless, Counter-Strike 2 is already working toward becoming the dominant game. On Valve’s YouTube account, movies highlighting the game’s new features, such as tickles servers, responsive smokes, and overhauled maps, have amassed over 12 million views in just two days.
Valve hopes to win back some of the audience and talent it lost when it introduced VALORANT in 2020, and there are high hopes that CS2 will be the catalyst for this rebirth. There are rumblings that Valve is plotting to release a mobile version of Counter-Strike 2 to compete with VALORANT’s soon-to-be-released product for mobile devices.
When the first Counter-Strike 2 Major tournament occurs in 2024, will the game become an extremely popular esports title?