Key Facts about the Paris Major

26th June 2023

Captivating insights from the last CS:GO Major, exploring fan engagement, viewership rankings, audience age dynamics, and the impact of strategic partnerships.

Key Facts about the Paris Major 2023

Karsten Schonauer  

Karsten Schonauer
Senior Marketing Manager


The Paris Major left an indelible mark on the esports landscape, and in this article, we delve into the captivating insights that shed light on fan engagement, viewership rankings, audience age dynamics, and the power of strategic partnerships. Through meticulous analysis and data-driven examination, we uncover the true impact of these factors on the ever-evolving world of esports.

Key Takeaways:

  • Fan Feedback and Passion:

    Analyzing the live chat during the final day of the Paris Major, we discovered that the fans' enthusiasm mirrored that of esports professionals. With over 51% of live chat mentions being positive towards “BLAST Production”, and a mere 5% expressing negativity, the fans' real-time feedback, passion, and emotions can be captured in a meaningful manner. Harnessing this feedback effectively can foster fan engagement on a deeper level. 

  • Unexpected Viewership Rankings:

    Contrary to expectations, France surprisingly ranked 8th in viewership across nations during the Major. This revelation challenges preconceived notions about home-ground advantage and emphasizes the truly global nature of esports viewership. It underscores the need for a broader understanding of the geographical context of the target audience.

    Shikenso Analytics: Viewership Ranking by Country across streaming channels

  • Audience Age Disparity: 

    Contrary to the belief that CS:GO primarily attracts an older audience, our data revealed that the median average spectator age during the Paris Major was a youthful 19.77. This unexpected finding defies stereotypes and demonstrates the event's ability to captivate viewers from all generations. The significance of the final CS:GO major in history undoubtedly drew spectators from diverse age groups.

  • The Impact of Partnerships: 

    Delving into BLAST's partnerships with esteemed liquor brands Absolute, Ballentine’s & Jameson, we focused on the visibility and media value generated by logo placements during the tournament. Our analysis uncovered that the camera angle played a significant role in the perceived size and media value of each brand's placement on the backwall. Notably, Ballentine's emerged as the brand with the largest and most prominent logo, resulting in a remarkable 20.34% higher media value compared to Absolute and Jameson. This showcases the importance of strategic camera positioning and its significant influence on partnership success. This highlights the importance of strategic camera positioning and its influence on partnership success.

Shikenso Analytics: Media Value of Liquor Brands at the Paris Major 2023

The BLAST Paris Major provided us with valuable insights into the world of esports tournaments and production. Beyond the surface-level numbers, the power of real-time fan feedback, the global nature of viewership, the evolving demographics of esports audiences, and the significance of partnerships play a pivotal role in the assessment of an event. By leveraging these insights, stakeholders can navigate the esports landscape more effectively and foster continued growth in this thriving ecosystem.