BLAST Pro Series, a worldwide Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament circuit, has announced that it will become a member of the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC).
BLAST—a relatively new CS:GO event series, having started in 2017—is a property of RFRSH Entertainment, a privately-owned esports media company headquartered in Copenhagen. According to RFRSH, starting now, BLAST will integrate ESIC’s integrity program into its terms and conditions. This will include anti-doping tests implemented at all of its major events.
Jordi Roig, VP Development & Executive Relations at BLAST Pro Series, says that the tournament circuit is looking forward to working with ESIC and other organizations in developing “a more stable and structured” Counter-Strike scene around the world.
Roig went on to say that the BLAST Pro Series is about “creating the most, entertaining, competitive and fair environment for all parties involved,” and added that joining the Esports Integrity Commission naturally supports this initiative. As BLAST considers itself as “cut-throat competition,” all teams involved need to compete on equal footing, without the aid of performance-enhancing drugs.
BLAST Pro Series Global Final and BLAST Premiere
This year’s BLAST Pro Series Global Final will take place on December 13 and 14 in Bahrain. The culmination of the 2019 circuit will have a total prize pool of $500,000.
Last month, BLAST Pro Series announced that it is launching a new Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament series, called BLAST Premiere, in 2020.
BLAST Premiere will have two season finals, as well as a Global Final. Season winners will take home $500,000, and the Global winner will take home $1 million. The circuit’s total prize pool will be $4.25 million.
All teams can qualify for both the season finals and Global Final. The winners will be determined via a best-of-three series, instead of the single, winner-takes-all matches that are a part of the BLAST Pro Series.
Other ESIC Members
Blast Pro Series joins other tournament circuits and organizers like ESL, DreamHack, LVP, Estars Studios, and Nodwin Gaming in joining the not-for-profit esports organization.
Last week, esports-dedicated bookmaker LOOT.BET also announced that it is working with the ESIC. This partnership was made in the hopes of identifying, addressing, and reducing instances of match-fixing and betting fraud in esports.
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