RFRSH Entertainment announced Thursday a $250,000 Counter-Strike tournament called the BLAST Pro Series, which will run in November.
The tournament will take place Nov. 24-25 at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark. It will feature six teams with three simultaneous matches during a best-of-three group stage, allowing fans to change the sounds of their individual headsets to the matches they wish to watch.
The BLAST Pro Series was created with input from popular caster Anders Blume as the executive consultant. The major esports event organizer PGL — which is also organizing the CS:GO Major in Krakow next week — is the executive producer for the event.
RFRSH has been a controversial Counter-Strike figure since its launch. RFRSH patterns itself a “media rights” company that represents Astralis, Heroic and Godsent. But multiple journalists uncovered that Sunstone Technology Ventures, a company of which RFRSH CEO and founder Nikolaj Nyholm was a partner, holds a stake in Astralis. Richard Lewis intimated RFRSH owned all the teams it represents (and even mentioned the possibility of forming a league), which RFRSH denied.
RFRSH issued an odd statement in March saying it didn’t own any of Astralis, Heroic or Godsent but that it would be allowed to if it saw fit. In May, the head of the Danish Sports Federation cited “one company that owns several teams” among the reasons Denmark would not consider esports as an official sport. When reached for comment about that distinction, RFRSH’s Steen Laursen told Slingshot: “I don’t see the DIF person referring to RFRSH, as he is specifically talking about owning more teams, which we do not.”
A June 29 announcement from the World Esports Association seemed to contradict that statement, though, as WESA announced RFRSH would agree to adopt WESA’s policy against multi-team ownership. (If RFRSH didn’t own any of Astralis, Heroic or Godsent, wouldn’t it already be in agreeance with the WESA policy?)
No teams were announced for the event, nor was a process for deciding the teams for the BLAST Pro Series in Thursday’s release. It remains unclear if any or all of Astralis, Heroic or Godsent will attend.
Cover photo courtesy of RFRSH