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BLAST Pro Series plans to expand to North America

RFRSH Entertainment plans to expand the BLAST Pro Series to North America
RFRSH Entertainment plans to expand the BLAST Pro Series to North America. Photo courtesy of RFRSH.

RFRSH Entertainment announced Monday the next event in its BLAST Pro Series will be held in the United States.

“BLAST Pro Series has been the center of a lot of attention from many sides, and in connection with the launch of the format in Copenhagen, we will host a number of representatives from more than 20 international cities, who are all interested in experiencing the latest live format within esports,” RFRSH CEO Nikolaj Nyholm said in a news release. “Already now, we are in dialogue with a number of cities including Miami, New York, Austin and others, and we are looking to present BLAST Pro Series in the US in the early months of 2018.”

The announcement details that the US event will be a tournament “where invited teams primarily will be North and South American,” and that the organization aims to hold three to four events throughout next year.

The first event was announced July 13 and will take place Nov. 24-25 at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark. Boasting a $250,000 prize pool, the tournament 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.

Four teams have been confirmed for the tournament so far: FaZe Clan, Ninjas in Pyjamas, North, and Astralis, the last of which is owned by RFRSH, which creates a direct conflict of interest. The semifinals and final will take place on the center stage and played in a best-of-three format. Tickets for the event go on sale on Thursday, with pre-sales Tuesday and Wednesday via the tournament’s official website.

Cover photo courtesy of RFRSH

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