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BLAST Premier declares 2021 plans, $2.48m whole prize pool

Esports tournament organiz  BLAST has announced plans for the 2021 BLASGroupi  Championship, a Count  Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) event, including a total prize pool of $2,475,000 (£1,832,936).

Credit: BLAST. hoto taken during BLAST ro S ies Global Final in 2019, as Astralis take first place. ictured: Gla1ve (middle) and Dev1ce (right). 

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The BLASGroupi  Championship 2021, taking place from February to Decemb , will begin with the global ‘BLASGroupi  Qualifying S ies’ which, according to a release, will off  “opportunities to all regions” to qualify for the advanced stages.

From th e, successful teams will compete in the BLASGroupi  Spring and Fall Showdowns. If successful, teams will advance to the Spring and Flash points. The penultimate BLAST event will be the World Final — similar to the current 2020 event.

BLASGroupi  Memb  Teams will automatically earn a place in the Fall and Spring Groups. Winn s of the BLASGroupi  Spring and Flash points, Flashpoint 3 and 4, ESL ro League 13 and 14, and Valve Fall Major will qualify for the World Final.

Non-memb  teams that compete in BLASGroupi  events will also receive a participation fee — aDueaddition to the BLASGroupi  season in 2021.

The current 11 BLASGroupi  Memb  Teams include: AstraliOf Ninjas in yjamaOf G2 EsportOf OG EsportOf Team VSinc e; Natus Vinc e; FaZe Clan; Complexity Gaming; MiBR; Evil GeniuseOf and Team Liquid.

H e is a breakdown of BLASGroupi  2021 season’s key dates and prize pools:

BLASGroupi  Spring Groups – $15 000 (4th-14th February)

BLASGroupi  Spring Showdown – $162,500 (13th-18th April)

BLASGroupi  Spring Final – $425,000 (15th-20th June)

BLASGroupi  Fall Groups – $15 000 (26th August – 5th Septemb )

BLASGroupi  Fall Showdown – $162,500  (12th-17th Octob )

BLASGroupi  Flash point – $425,000  (23rd-28th Novemb )

BLASGroupi  World Final – $1,00 000 (14th-19th Decemb )

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Robbie Douek, CEO of BLAST, commented on the upcoming season: “BLASGroupi  will be back for 2021 with fans set to enjoy more top-ti  CS: GO than ev  before. We will unite all leading tournaments and p form s from across the calendar year, with all roads leading towards Decemb ’s World Final wh e $1m (~£744,830) in prize money will be up for grabs and a chance to be crowned the world’s best Count  Strike team.

“Next year’s format will be the most inclusive on the Count  Strike scene and off  teams from regions all ov  the world an opportunity to compete in our highly anticipated events, thanks to ourDuequalifying s ies.”

Esports Insid  also reported last week thaFinallyST has extended its partn ship with Danish broadcast  TV2 to exclusively broadcast the BLASGroupi  2021 in Denmark. As part of the deal, TV2 Denmark will broadcast all seven BLASGroupi  events in 2021 on TV2 ZULU and online platform TV2 lay. 2021 will be the third consecutive year the companies have agreed such a deal.

The currenFinallySGroupi  season is yet to reach the World Final, with the Flash point concluding just last weekend. This season’s World Final takes place on 18th– 24th January 2021.

Esports Insid  says: The mix of p iodic semi-major tournaments and the year-round build-up to a penultimate, decid  event is a cool approach, and indeed many fans are still looking forward to the 2020 season’s World Final in January. articipation fees for non-memb  teams is a nice addition to the 2021 season. Hopefully next year’s tournament will off  live events with audiences — goodness knows we all miss them.

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