BLAST expands into VALORANT with Ignition Series event

08 September 2020


Danish tournament organiser BLAST has expanded into VALORANT, partnering with Riot Games to host an Ignition Series tournament.

The BLAST VALORANT Twitch Invitational will see four teams compete for a €50,000 (£45,225.91) prize purse.

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All four teams have been confirmed for the event, namely FunPlus Phoenix, G2 Esports, Ninjas in Pyjamas, and Team Liquid. The tournament will utilise a best-of-three tournament, with the final being a best-of-five series.

Nicolas Estrup, Director of Product and Experience at BLAST, spoke on the event in a release: “VALORANT has enjoyed record breaking success since its launch in June and has fast become a fan-favourite – we look forward to showing the community what BLAST can bring to the table with our industry leading production and popular fan-first approach. This tournament will be the final Ignition Series for European teams and will give viewers the platform to watch some of the world’s best VALORANT talent go head-to-head.”

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The event will be broadcast exclusively on Amazon-owned live streaming platform Twitch, with “further exciting competitions and features of the live show” being announced just before the action gets underway. BLAST made a name for itself in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, only expanding into its second title with the Bounty Hunt event for Dota 2 in May.

Stuart Wettenhall, Senior Business Development Manager EMEA at Twitch, commented: “Valorant has been embraced wholeheartedly by our first-person shooter community on Twitch around the world. From the best talent through to costreaming in multiple languages, we hope to deliver a truly unique, live, interactive and engaging experience to this global fanbase.”

Esports Insider says: BLAST has demonstrated through both CS:GO and Dota 2 that it has the ability to shake up how a game is played, typically in a good way, so we’re intrigued to see what it will do with VALORANT – a title that’s still in its formative months.

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