BLAST to host CS2 Major in Austin, Texas in 2025

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Esports tournament organiser BLAST has announced it will host a Counter-Strike 2 Major in Austin, Texas in 2025.

The Austin Major 2025 will take place in the Moody Center in June 2025, and is the second Counter-Strike Major to be organised by BLAST.

BLAST claimed that the Austin Major will be “one of the largest esports events ever hosted in the United States.” It projected that the city of Austin would receive a $40m (~£31.57m) boost in economic investment due to the event, and that 50,000 fans would attend in-person.

The tournament organiser revealed it has partnered with entertainment company Live Nation, event promoter C3 Presents, and Visit Austin to bring the event to the city.

The Austin Major will mark the first Counter-Strike Major in North America in seven years. In 2016, Major League Gaming hosted a Major in Columbus, Ohio while ELEAGUE hosted an event in 2018. The United States has a large Counter-Strike playerbase but has historically struggled to be competitive on the global stage.

Majors are the most prestigious type of tournament in Counter-Strike and are run in cooperation with game developer Valve. Valve sells esports themed in-game items in the leadup to Majors and shares the revenue with teams, which rakes in millions of dollars for esports organisations.

Robbie Douek, CEO of BLAST, spoke on the news: “We are incredibly excited to bring the Major to Austin, Texas.

“The city’s dynamic atmosphere, the cutting-edge Moody Center and track record of hosting world-leading events provide the perfect setting for what promises to be an unforgettable event. We look forward to showcasing the best of esports to a global audience and making a positive impact on the local community.”

Jonno Nicholson

Jonno is a Freelance News Writer for Esports Insider and has been part of the ESI team since 2019! His interests include the rapid rise of sim racing and its impact on the wider industry.

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