Esports tournament organiser BLAST has announced that the first LAN tournament of the 2023 season, the BLAST Premier Spring Finals, will take place in Washington, D.C.
The event will be made with the help of Events DC and Monumental Sports and Entertainment and will be the first BLAST event in the United States since 2019. The Finals will take place at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington between June 7th and 11th.
The Spring Finals is the culmination of the first part of the BLAST Premier competitive season, and teams qualify for the events during the Spring Qualifiers and Spring Showdown. A total of eight teams will participate in the event and compete for a $450,000 (£364,000) prize pool.
The announcement of the Washington event takes place just days after BLAST announced its new competitive season, as well as new information regarding TV rights for its tournaments. The most recent BLAST competition in the US was the BLAST Pro Series in Los Angeles. In a release, BLAST noted that the event is a part of the company’s commitment to reaching new audiences.
Charlotte Kenny, Managing Director for BLAST Premier, said: “BLAST is focused on uniting fans through their shared love of esports and providing them with first-class entertainment experiences. Washington, D.C. provides the perfect location to deliver on this ambition, where we are excited to be partnering with Monumental Sports & Entertainment and Events DC to bring the Spring Final to a city with such a rich history of hosting leading sporting events.”
The venue in which the Spring Finals will take place is also the home of the NBA G League team Capital City Go-Go, a team affiliated with the Washington Wizards.