The BLAST Premier tournament has undergone a transformation since the arrival of the pandemic, with a shift towards Europe as the main host for events. The Danish capital saw frequent tournament action, with a Spring Final taking place in Lisbon. The World Final was held in Abu Dhabi, though.
At present, BLAST Premier is making its way back, with the Spring Final of 2023 to be held in Washington D.C., USA. This marks the tournament’s return to the country after four years, following Pro Series stops in Miami and Los Angeles in 2019.
Brief Intro About the Reserved Venue
The tournament will take place in the Entertainment & Sports Arena located in the heart of the nation’s capital from June 7th to 11th. Opened back in 2018, this arena boasts a seating capacity of 4,000 and serves as the home of the WNBA’s Mystics and the NBA G League’s Capital City Go-Go.
The versatile venue has hosted a diverse range of events, including concerts, boxing matches, basketball games, cybersport tournaments, pro-wrestling events, and much more.
Furthermore, the excitement of the Spring Final will spill over to District E Powered by Ticketmaster, a new eSports destination set to make its debut in March 2023. This venue will offer a unique gaming and entertainment experience in downtown DC.
The Teams Qualified for the Spring Final
The Spring Final of BLAST Premier will bring together eight of the world’s top CS:GO squads as they compete for the first BLAST trophy of 2023, a share of the $450,000 prize pool, and a spot in the highly coveted World Final.
Eight teams will participate in this event, with six of them already being confirmed – Natus Vincere, Astralis, FaZe Clan, Heroic, Team Vitality, and G2 – who qualified through the Groups held in January. For a detailed account of the Spring Groups matches, you can visit the https://cover.gg/matches/finished webpage.
Two more spots are up for grabs – one for European and one for the North American representative. Both of them will be determined through the Spring Showdowns, set to begin on April 29th.
The Great Reasons of BLAST Returning to North America
If you’re following the competitive scene closely, you might be wondering why BLAST Premier chose to partner with Washington, D.C. and announce the Spring Final will be held there. And here’s why.
Country with the Highest Share of Players
The United States boasts one of the biggest pools for CS:GO, accounting for over 10% of the game’s total player base, which translates to a staggering 5,000,000 players. This presents a significant market opportunity for BLAST Premier.
Furthermore, although the U.S. is already showing great promise in the world of eSports, there is still plenty of room to grow and close the gap with the leaders in eSports popularity and production.
Destination in Downtown DC
In a statement, BLAST emphasized that the Spring Final is a part of the company’s commitment to reaching new audiences. Their focus is on incorporating a sense of community among CS:GO fans and delivering top-notch experiences.
Washington, D.C. provides the perfect location to deliver on this ambition, and BLAST is eager to join forces with Monumental Sports & Entertainment and Events DC to bring the Spring Final to a city with a prestigious history of hosting prominent sporting events.
Home to Some of the Most Talented Players
The nation’s capital is also the ideal venue to host BLAST’s first arena event of 2023, since the country boasts a thriving gaming community with some of the most skilled names and dedicated fans in the industry.
One of the biggest names in the scene, FaZe Clan, has already secured a spot in the tournament. The American organization has a massive following, with millions of fans keeping up with their progress both online and offline. Thus, It will be thrilling to anticipate their performance in the Spring Finals, especially in front of a home crowd.
“DC State of Mind” Celebration
To cap it off, the Spring Final will be a part of the city-wide celebration that will take place in June. The tournament will join Capital Pride, Giant Barbecue Battle, and the Smithsonian Folklife Event, among others. Without any doubt, there will be a diverse range of offerings to cater to every type of audience in Washington, D.C.