CS:GO esports tournament series BLAST Premier has revealed plans to have its Fall Final tournament take place with a live audience in attendance.
The Fall Final will take place at Copenhagen’s Royal Arena, a venue that has a capacity of 12,000. The event is set to commence on November 23rd and conclude on the 28th.
According to the announcement, the first two days of the tournament will be held behind closed doors while the final three days of action will be played in front of a full capacity audience.
The event will be the first time a BLAST Premier event has featured an audience in over 20 months due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Andrew Haworth, Comissioner for BLAST Premier, spoke on the return of an audience in a release: “BLAST has been eagerly awaiting this day for some time now, we’ve hugely missed arena events and being able to take our shows to CS:GO fans all around the world – nothing can replace the feeling of players entertaining and interacting with a live audience.”
The BLAST Premier Fall Final will feature a total of six teams from the Fall Groups and the Fall Showdown that take place in September and October. Teams in attendance will face off for a share of $425,000 (∼£301,594) in prize money, alongside a chance to qualify for the World Final.
“We’ve had to adapt over the last year and tried to bring that intimate arena feel to our broadcasts and productions despite the online-only format.” Haworth added. “We’ve enjoyed the challenge of pivoting, and feel this Royal Arena Fall Final will only benefit from the flexibility and technology innovation we’ve introduced during this time.”
Esports Insider says: As the situation surrounding the pandemic continues to improve, the return of a crowd to an esports event is hugely positive news. After nearly two years without a live audience, BLAST will be pulling out all the stops in order to make the Fall Final a hugely memorable event!