In a historic event, the CS:GO BLAST Paris Major has successfully clinched the third spot for the highest peak viewership of all CS:GO tournaments. This impressive milestone, as confirmed by reputed data analysis company, Esports Charts, further fortifies the status of CS:GO in the global esports landscape.
The Grand Finals pitted Team Vitality against GamerLegion, in a fiercely contested showdown that culminated with a resounding peak viewership of over 1.52 million. This remarkable number puts the BLAST Paris Major in a coveted position, trailing only behind PGL Major Stockholm 2021 (2.75 million) and PGL Major Antwerp 2022 (2.11 million) in terms of the highest number of simultaneous viewers.
Intriguingly, the final showdown was the sole match of the event that surpassed the 1 million viewer mark. This can be attributed to the premature elimination of several fan-favorite teams. Furthermore, the Legends Stage face-off between FaZe and NAVI, which eventually led to NAVI’s exit from the tournament, emerged as the second most-watched match. Notably, four of the top five peak viewership matches in CS:GO history involve the Ukrainian team, as per Esports Charts.
The unexpected turn of events at the Paris Major potentially justifies why this tournament averaged only 507,688 viewers. Interestingly, this figure places it as the lowest in the top five of the most-watched CS:GO events. The preceding Major, IEM Rio, had a marginally lesser peak viewership (1.43 million), but boasted a notably higher average (548,100).
Esports Charts has also clarified to Dexerto that its viewership figures exclude data from BLAST.tv, the streaming platform unveiled by the tournament organizer towards the end of the previous year. The specific viewership figures on this platform during the Major remain undisclosed by BLAST.
The exhilarating grand finale culminated with a decisive 2-0 triumph for Vitality, propelling them into the revered roster of Major winners in CS:GO history. Fans are eagerly looking forward to the next Major, slated to occur only in 2024, which will be held in Copenhagen, and will witness the gameplay of Counter-Strike 2.
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