ESports

BLAST Premier to Pivot From Stadium to Stream to Cope With Coronavirus

BLAST Premier is a professional is a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO) league, played over a period of two days. The competition is based mainly in 2 separate regions, North America and Europe and played in two seasons, Spring and Fall.

This year’s showdown round was scheduled from MAY 31 to JUNE 7, 2020 while the finals were scheduled from JUNE 15 to June 21, 2020. The event is a well-regarded tournament in the esports community where thousands of people gather to see the professionals player compete for the title.

This year, the format of the tournament was changed a bit and 12 teams were supposed to be there in the BLAST Premier, as compared to last year’s 6 in BLAST Pro Series. The Faze Clan grabbed the title of champions in the last season. BLAST premier Spring season has a combined prize pool of $600,000. This year’s tournament was scheduled in an arena in Moscow, however, due to the pandemic, the live event had to be cancelled.

The spread of coronavirus or COVID-19 has imposed a lot of restrictions on travel and gathering of people. As a result, conducting a live tournament was not possible.

“As we emerged from the Spring Series, we started to look ahead and like all good organisations, we had a plan A and plan B,” said Durant, adding that March was when things really started to shift. “Transitioning from an arena event in Moscow to an online spectacle has required effort and a bit of ‘social distanced’ sweat.”

As a result, BLAST Premier will be conducted online. Both the Spring Showdown as well as the Finals which were scheduled in late May to mid-June will now be conducted online. BLAST’s media partners, YouTube and Twitch will help broadcast the tournament to the fans across the world. Starting from 30th April, BLAST will begin broadcasting esports content in tournament play forms or special content for a period of 53 days.