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Astralis to compete in CS:GO tournament operated by its majority owner

Astralis and North will compete in the Blast Pro Series.
Astralis and North will compete in the Blast Pro Series. Photo courtesy of RFRSH Entertainment.

RFRSH Entertainment announced Wednesday that Astralis and North will compete in its BLAST: Pro Series Counter-Strike event in November.

The event will take place Nov. 24-25 at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark and be produced by PGL. It will feature six teams playing for a $250,000 prize pool.

Astralis attending this tournament, operated by its majority owner, creates a direct conflict of interest, the likes of which has been pointed out since RFRSH came into existence. Initially touting itself as a “media rights” company that represents Astralis, Heroic and Godsent, RFRSH pivoted last month and acquired majority shares in Astralis and Heroic.

If Heroic and/or Godsent also attended the BLAST: Pro Series, it would represent an even further conflict of interest.

As for the event, 10,000 tickets will go on sale Aug. 31, and the event boasts six of the top CS:GO teams in the world and a new format, in which “all teams will be guaranteed to play on the main stage in front of a packed arena.”

CLARIFICATION (5:04 P.M. ET): RFRSH did not take ownership of Astralis and Heroic until after it told Slingshot in May that it did not own multiple teams. The article has been updated to more accurately reflect the timeline of events.

Cover photo courtesy of RFRSH Entertainment


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