On September 13-14 the brand new and state-of-the-art VTB Arena in central Moscow will host BLAST Pro Series’ 5th tournament of the 2019 Season. Up to 7.000 spectators are expected to fill the arena in a tournament that will showcase some of the world’s best teams and players.
Out of the 6 team line-up three teams have already been confirmed for the Moscow tournament: Local favourites from NaVi, Swedish legends NiP and the Finnish trailblazers from ENCE. The teams will battle it out live on stage for the iconic BLAST trophy and their share of the 250,000 USD prize pool.
Nicolas Estrup, Director of Product and Experience at BLAST Pro Series, comments:
- The facilities at the new VTB Arena are amazing and setting up the BLAST Pro Series Arena show in Moscow will be something truly special for us. The 12.000 spectator venue is a part of the newly built 1.5 billion dollar VTB Stadium complex, which gives us a lot of possibilities to create an amazing show for the Russian fans, Estrup says.
- Also, being the first major CS:GO tournament here is both a big challenge and a massive honor to us. We’re going to bring everything we got and present some of the best teams and players in the world in the context of the full BLAST Pro Series experience. The teams play to win the icoinc BLAST trophy and their share of the prize pool, but they are also there for the fans. All teams will play live on stage, and the crowd is sure to see their favourite players go at it, Estrup comments.
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BLAST partners up with Winstrike
The Moscow tournament is co-produced by Winstrike, who handles regional and local promotion and production of BLAST Pro Series Moscow. Jordi Roig, Executive Producer of BLAST Pro Series explains:
- We want to bring BLAST to where the fans are. The Russian and CIS fans have been extremely loyal to us, and we’re very excited about bringing the tournament to Moscow.
- When we look at new territories, the first thing we do is looking for a strong local partner to co-produce and promote the tournament on local terms. In Winstrike we’ve connected with a very strong partner who understands the market, the esports core scene and mainstream entertainment. We believe, togehter with Winstrike, we can create a live experience that will show the fans our appreciation of the feedback and loyalty, but also give them - and all viewers - a great live experience with the very best Counter-Strike has to offer, says Roig.
The last 3 teams to be announced will be a mix of a local qualifier and international top teams participating in the Global BLAST Pro Series 2019 Season.
BLAST Pro Series has a history of crowded arenas.
After Sao Paulo, Miami, Madrid and Los Angeles and BLAST Pro Series Moscow will be the 5th stop in the 2019 Season of BLAST Pro Series. The tournament is watched online by millions of viewers on Twitch and the Moscow tournament will be available on TV channels in more than 130 countries on 5 continents.
Tickets for BLAST Pro Series Moscow go on sale at noon (CET) tomorrow, Wednesday 19th June, via blastproseries.com/moscow.