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).
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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.