First Ever CS:GO Major to Take Place in France

Esports entertainment company BLAST has revealed it will host and produce next year’s Counter-Strike Major in France. The Major will take place at the Accor Arena in Paris in May 2023 and be the first CS:GO Major to take place in France.

This announcement follows French President Emmanuel Macron’s comments back in April this year, where he stated a desire for France to host leading esports events such as the Counter-Strike Major in the future and become the ‘country of video games.

The Major will be France’s first ever Counter-Strike Major and BLAST’s first time hosting one of the most watched and loved esports events in the world.

The esports entertainment company has built up a reputation for delivering esports events and experiences that focus on innovation, fan-first moments, and high production quality.

Robbie Douek, CEO of BLAST, said: “BLAST has always had an ambition and dream to be involved in a Major, an event that is rightly viewed as the pinnacle of esports and competitive gaming.  We’ve been watching and waiting for the right moment to deliver an unforgettable Major. The time is now, with the Major 2023! Over the last few years we’ve been working hard to deliver the best esports entertainment on the planet, and more recently investing in a digital platform that will allow fans to get even closer to these experiences.

“Paris is a world-class location to host the tournament and will precede another high-profile international event in the 2024 Paris Olympics and Paralympics. Next year marks 10 years of Majors and we are highly confident of marking this occasion by delivering the greatest Major to date for CS:GO fans to experience and enjoy. We will be working closely with Valve to ensure we meet and exceed the community’s expectations and deliver an incredible event.”

Emmanuel Macron, President of France, confirmed the news on Sunday night: “From next year, in May, in less than 10 months, our country will host an event that will celebrate its 10th anniversary: the Major Counter-Strike, the very first CS:GO Major organised in France and it will be at the Accor Arena in Paris.”

The Major joins a list of high-profile international events taking place in France over the next few years, alongside the 2023 Rugby World Cup, 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris, and the 2025 Rugby League World Cup.

Over the last few years, France has become a hotbed for producing some of esports and Counter-Strike’s leading talents. Deep-rooted in the CS:GO scene, France has developed some of the scene’s most loved teams and players.

2023 will mark 10 years of Counter-Strike Majors and the Major will look to celebrate this momentous occasion by highlighting and looking back at some of the most iconic moments from the pinnacle of esports and Counter-Strike. will be the home of the 2023 France Major, where fans can get closer to the action than ever before. Innovative and fan-first viewing features will allow fans to tailor their viewing experience, relive key and exciting moments and impact the action unfolding before their eyes.

The Major will also be available to watch across BLAST’s global broadcast network, which is shown in 154 territories and in 25 languages. BLAST will work with Webedia Group, a leading French esports company, to deliver an unforgettable Major. Major dates and schedule:

  • RMR’s Qualifiers: February – March (exact dates TBC) 

  • RMR’s: 3rd-9th April 

  • Major stage: 8th-21st May 

    • Challengers stage: 8th-11th May 

    • Legends stage: 13th-16th May 

    • Champions stage: 18th-21st May (Accor Arena)

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