Esports event organiser BLAST has introduced plans for the 2021 BLAST Premier Championship, a Counter Strike: International Offensive (CS:GO) occasion, together with a complete prize pool of $2,475,000 (£1,832,936).
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The BLAST Premier Championship 2021, happening from February to December, will start with the worldwide ‘BLAST Premier Qualifying Sequence’ which, in keeping with a launch, will supply “alternatives to all areas” to qualify for the superior levels.
From there, profitable groups will compete within the BLAST Premier Spring and Fall Showdowns. If profitable, groups will advance to the Spring and Fall Finals. The penultimate BLAST occasion would be the World Ultimate — just like the present 2020 occasion.
BLAST Premier Member Groups will robotically earn a spot within the Fall and Spring Teams. Winners of the BLAST Premier Spring and Fall Finals, Flashpoint three and 4, ESL Professional League 13 and 14, and Valve Fall Main will qualify for the World Ultimate.
Non-member groups that compete in BLAST Premier occasions may also obtain a participation price — a brand new addition to the BLAST Premier season in 2021.
The present 11 BLAST Premier Member Groups embrace: Astralis; Ninjas in Pyjamas; G2 Esports; OG Esports; Group Vitality; Natus Vincere; FaZe Clan; Complexity Gaming; MiBR; Evil Geniuses; and Group Liquid.
Here’s a breakdown of BLAST Premier 2021 season’s key dates and prize swimming pools:
BLAST Premier Spring Teams – $150,000 (4th-14th February)
BLAST Premier Spring Showdown – $162,500 (13th-18th April)
BLAST Premier Spring Ultimate – $425,000 (15th-20th June)
BLAST Premier Fall Teams – $150,000 (26th August – fifth September)
BLAST Premier Fall Showdown – $162,500 (12th-17th October)
BLAST Premier Fall Ultimate – $425,000 (23rd-28th November)
BLAST Premier World Ultimate – $1,000,000 (14th-19th December)
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Robbie Douek, CEO of BLAST, commented on the upcoming season: “BLAST Premier will likely be again for 2021 with followers set to take pleasure in extra top-tier CS:GO than ever earlier than. We are going to unite all main tournaments and performers from throughout the calendar 12 months, with all roads main in the direction of December’s World Ultimate the place $1m (~£744,830) in prize cash will likely be up for grabs and an opportunity to be topped the world’s finest Counter Strike staff.
“Subsequent 12 months’s format would be the most inclusive on the Counter Strike scene and supply groups from areas everywhere in the world a possibility to compete in our extremely anticipated occasions, because of our new qualifying collection.”
Esports Insider additionally reported final week that BLAST has prolonged its partnership with Danish broadcaster TV2 to solely broadcast the BLAST Premier 2021 in Denmark. As a part of the deal, TV2 Denmark will broadcast all seven BLAST Premier occasions in 2021 on TV2 ZULU and on-line platform TV2 Play. 2021 would be the third consecutive 12 months the businesses have agreed such a deal.
The present BLAST Premier season is but to succeed in the World Ultimate, with the Fall Ultimate concluding simply final weekend. This season’s World Ultimate takes place on 18th– 24th January 2021.
Esports Insider says: The combo of periodic semi-major tournaments and the year-round build-up to a penultimate, decider occasion is a cool strategy, and certainly many followers are nonetheless trying ahead to the 2020 season’s World Ultimate in January. Participation charges for non-member groups is a pleasant addition to the 2021 season. Hopefully subsequent 12 months’s event will supply dwell occasions with audiences — goodness is aware of all of us miss them.
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