A handful of kills in the City of Light could be just the jolt of energy to push CS:GO esports to get cleaner, rather than just an extension of skin sales like Valve has been doing for the past couple of years. years . It promises more than ESL’s gray market dominance and the kind of excitement factor that’s been reserved for Riot’s offerings in the past.
There are plenty of reasons to be excited about the upcoming CS:GO Major. While the loyalty of the playerbase to the franchise has always been clear and viewership numbers have remained strong through all the trials and tribulations of recent years, convulsions and changes to the tournament circuit have made the disastrous viewing.
Consolidation of ownership in rough hands, reduced competition, more closed gardens and invitational business: things were getting worse, and meanwhile the Majors remained moribund, postponed or cancelled, with an outdated format and declining prestige.
Not all issues have been resolved so far, but great progress has been made and the showdown in Paris could mark the start of a big new era for competitive Counter-Strike.
It’s not just ESL
With the ESL-FACEIT consolidation, there really aren’t any other notable tournament organizers on the scene than BLAST. WePlay is doing a great job with the Academy League (and they have a good track record in Dota), but there was no way they would get a Major anytime soon. So, the eternal underachievers of PGL or StarLadder? No, we are in good hands.
Don’t underestimate the value of BLAST’s decision to bid for a Major. These events are money sinks for the organizers. They consider the prestige boost to be worth it, which suggests long-term plans with the game. Seriously, what a turnaround though. It’s the same organization that has held weekend-long best-of-one festivals with raffles and questionable plans for closed-circuit events. Unfortunately, semi-enclosed gardens have become the norm, but that may still be the best possible timeline for us.
BLAST’s broadcast production is unparalleled in the industry and they will be great ambassadors for the game. It’s impossible to imagine the same kind of behind-the-scenes broadcast drama or audio production issues that have plagued the last two Majors – and their continued involvement in the scene means that ESL will also have to continue to raise the bar, that is, for the benefit of all those who enjoy elite-level CS:GO matches.
More engaging scenarios for casuals
The great paradox of competitive CS is that the game grew the most in years when casuals had the least exciting matchups to watch. Whether it’s the eternal and tactical domination of Astralis, an evolution of the game worthy of a pantheon, but nevertheless less appealing to casual fans more in search of reels of epic highlights and returns, or the stifling of the online era of the CIS sides, whose success simply wasn’t as marketable with content aimed at English-speaking audiences.
Until now, there was no Prost-Senna affair in elite-level Counter-Strike when all the eyeballs were glued to the screen. NAVI and FaZe gave us a good look at what’s possible at the end of last season, especially with the ESL One Cologne finals stretching late into the night, and now G2 looks like a contender. potential with a range of memes. great casual appeal.
Add to that the continued presence of former titans like FalleN and the ongoing soap opera between Astralis and NIP, and it shows there are more storylines for less tactical fans to enjoy. than ever before in the pro scene.
Origin 2? Maybe?
Look, this is clearly happening, and it will make a major difference to how the game works. Many of Counter-Strike’s counterattack issues are absurd in the context of modern gaming software, and if the duct tape tower gets some new scaffolding , it also promises an impact for casual gamers.
Visual appeal is important, and CS hasn’t been big on that for a long time. More than just a fresh coat of paint, the long-awaited tech upgrade could also help solidify CS:GO as the premier FPS game of our time.
A mythical place
Let’s face it, Paris is Paris. Neither Berlin nor Antwerp can compare, and while a place like Rio or Stockholm can capture the imagination of regional esports fans, few cities have greater overall appeal than the capital of France. It’s the kind of place Riot brings League of Legends World Championship showpiece matches, and say what you will about the company, they’ve taken their esports offerings infinitely more seriously than Valve takes them. ever done, especially when it comes to CS:GO.
Their goal is to present the esports product as its standalone profitable value proposition, and not just as just a marketing vehicle for the main game. So sponsors like Mercedes, Louis-Vuitton designed trophies and other Valve game fan integrations can only dream of drowning in the sea of crypto skin sites.