BLAST Pro Series to kick off with $250,000 event

July 13th, 2017 13:00

RFRSH Entertainment has announced the BLAST Pro Series, a new global world series, with the first event taking place later this year in Copenhagen.

The BLAST Pro Series will kick off on November 24 at the Royal Arena, a multi-use indoor arena which opened in February, with a two-day event featuring six top teams and a $250,000 prize pool.

By limiting the number of teams to just six, RFRSH Entertainment plans to give participating teams maximum exposure as most of the matches will be played in front of an audience.

BLAST Pro Series will kick off in Copenhagen, in November

During the group stage, three matches will be played simultaneously and will be shown on screen in the arena, with one main match per round being featured on the Red Zone Main Screen. Fans will be able to choose the sound of the match they want to follow using headsets.

Little more is known about the format at this point other than the fact that the tournament will culminate with a best-of-three final, which will be played in front a packed arena.

"We have worked on the development of a new, energetic and audience-friendly format for more than 6 months," says RFRSH Entertainment CCO and Event Responsible Jordi Roig.

"We work with the best of the best and some of the most experienced stakeholders in CS:GO, including both traditionalists and the creative minds.

"With deep roots in the esports traditions, BLAST Pro Series is new, inventive, fun, compact, top quality live entertainment, opening the scene to a non-core audience, who has been passively watching from the outside for way too long."

According to RFRSH Entertainment, renowned commentator Anders Blume "has been heavily involved in the development of the BLAST Pro Series concept" as an Executive Consultant. PGL, which will host the upcoming Counter-Strike Major, has been hired to handle the event's production.  

"Esports is always changing and with it the needs of pro-players and fans alike," PGL CEO Silviu Stroie noted. "Tournaments need to highlight the beauty of competitive gaming in a professional setting and at the same time deliver premium entertainment.

"We believe the BLAST Pro Series will combine all these elements into a new kind of event and we are excited to show the results of our work with RFRSH this November."

More information about the first BLAST Pro Series event, including participating teams, ticket sale and schedule, will be announced in the coming weeks. This will be the very first live tournament hosted by RFRSH Entertaintment, which announced at the end of June a €7.2 million capital injection to "strengthen [its] position as a premier esports entertainment provider."

2017-07-13 13:02
Mongolia Tendies 
Ez heroic
2017-07-13 13:09
2017-07-13 14:46
Denmark chrkloster 
Nice that big events are finally comming to the CS-mecca that is Denmark. In 2018 we should also see events in PARKEN, which have the potential to be the biggest CS-event in the history (at least so far).
2017-07-13 16:58
India TYZ4 
INVITED Astralis North Cloud9 (for US viewership) NaVi (for CIS viewership) VP (for Polish viewershir) SK (for Brazillian viewership)
2017-07-13 21:30
Russia Pumppy 
C9 win
2017-07-13 13:02
Implying C9 will get invited LUL
2017-07-13 13:13
It seems so, since Stewie's name is dropped in the reveal.
2017-07-13 13:14
stavn | 
Spain Miki2K 
2017-07-13 13:17
Oh smh
2017-07-13 14:43
Why not? They are currently ranked 5th in hltv ranking... (not saying that hltv ranking is accurate and their 5th place is deserved but i wouldnt be surprised at all if they will use hltv ranking for invites)
2017-07-13 14:47
was just joking anyways.. its pretty obvious that they'll get invite for being best NA team so that muricans get someone to cheer for
2017-07-13 15:09
Exactly :)
2017-07-13 15:56
2017-07-13 13:03
Sweden lagcats 
2017-07-13 13:03
Turkey ^li 
Ez for SS
2017-07-13 13:03
2017-07-13 13:03
Ireland skend 
ez godsent
2017-07-13 13:04
United States TheSupaSaiyan 
Astralis win in homeland?
2017-07-13 13:04
"audience-friendly" Ok.
2017-07-13 13:06
oskar | 
Czech Republic Lukooo 
2017-07-13 13:06
Denmark nalleB 
Nice. I really like the arena
2017-07-13 13:08
Netherlands malse_man 
2017-07-13 13:18
Finland jUPPE! 
SK, Astralis, FaZe, G2 and which 2 teams? I hope VP won't get invited. Would be a totally undeserved.
2017-07-13 13:18
Denmark tpz 
Only two teams having gotten an invite for now is Astralis and North according to danish media. Inviting North makes sense I guess, as it's on Danish home soil. Hoping to see SK, FaZe, G2 and possibly C9 (for the US fans) as well
2017-07-13 13:38
Russia xtkjdtr01 
^ North and cloud9
2017-07-13 18:40
Germany andoRRR 
BO3 Final again. Yay. Why even bother. Make it a BO1, like in the good old times.
2017-07-13 13:19
2017-07-14 06:26
RFRSH is such a dodgy company.
2017-07-13 13:30
2017-07-13 13:47
i can see why, but what does that have to do with this post? why are they "dodgy" for putting together an event with a $250K prizepool.
2017-07-13 14:20
he didnt say bcs of this. he just said dodgy. and they are dodgy without a doubt.
2017-07-13 14:21
there are a lot of dodgy companies in esport, not just rfrsh ;> at least they are also actively trying to widen the popularity of the game and are actively helping it grow more popular, especially in denmark.
2017-07-13 14:24
for their own good.
2017-07-13 14:25
welcome to business
2017-07-13 14:45
Estonia mr_abdul 
thats great, pgl production as well
2017-07-13 13:34
>RFRSH Entertainment plans to give participating teams maximum exposure >During the group stage, three matches will be played simultaneously fucking LOLWUT?
2017-07-13 13:48
Finally an event in Denmark
2017-07-13 13:52
Brazil cadik 
this video haHAA
2017-07-13 13:56
expected. richard lewis reported about this crap months ago.
2017-07-13 13:58
India TYZ4 
2017-07-13 21:31 i think this specifically is in the first one that comes up. he just said again about this in the one that got published an hour ago that he reported about this shit in january, hence probably details in the oldest one.
2017-07-13 23:29
BASiC | 
Macedonia Gombos_N 
bullshit. some random company organize 250k tour. wp csgo went to hell
2017-07-13 14:05
Denmark Madskrog 
Are you calling rfresh random lol? xD
2017-07-13 14:35
BASiC | 
Macedonia Gombos_N 
every company is strong now. good. CS came bussiness, nothing more
2017-07-14 12:43
Russia xtkjdtr01 
2017-07-13 18:42
Europe MaDaRa99 
6 teams only? Bad
2017-07-13 14:06
Europe potatomato 
Rigged for Astralis
2017-07-13 14:13
2017-07-13 15:18
Friis | 
Canada uhJake 
Astralis Godsent Heroic guaranteed. Haha
2017-07-13 14:57
Denmark GamleDK 
I'm ready!
2017-07-13 15:07
>Faze >Astralis >G2 >SK >? >?
2017-07-13 15:30
France t3r4byt3 
GODSENT and Heroic
2017-07-13 15:58
North no?
2017-07-13 16:14
France t3r4byt3 
RFRSH doesn't own North, F.C. Copenhagen does
2017-07-13 16:19
Bangladesh [SLITHER] 
North and Cloud9
2017-07-13 20:32
2017-07-13 15:31
Russia Sur10n 
wow unexpected
2017-07-13 15:33
Paraguay lel0x 
Izi for mTw (?)
2017-07-13 15:49
Glad to see a bigger prizepool in Danish events, Copenhagen Games used to be amazing back in 1.6 before it became a "beer and chill" event, looking forward to it! :)
2017-07-13 16:35
2017-07-13 16:36
Denmark Dane01 
Finally a 250k dollar event in Denmark
2017-07-13 17:20
Finally a 250k dollar event in Denmark
2017-07-13 17:30
Russia xtkjdtr01 
Finally a 250k dollar event in Denmark
2017-07-13 18:43
too much events maybe :^) meanwhile in female csgo...
2017-07-13 19:03
EPS, BPS CPL, EPL all sound so similar.... everyone biting shit
2017-07-13 20:05
2017-07-13 20:55
its RFRSH hosting the tournament lol astralis, godsent, heroic 100% invited ofc
2017-07-13 22:35
GODSENT x Astralis finals xD
2017-07-14 04:16
Err godsent won't beat the other teams going
2017-07-14 06:25
Brazil BrenoCRF7 
ez for SS
2017-07-14 07:18
some1 have the song id from the clip?
2017-07-17 23:07
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