"Madrid can become the global capital of eSports," exclaimed Jordi Roig, executive producer of Blast Pro Series, enthusiastically. the presentation of this competition, which is being held for the first time in Madrid (in the Madrid Arena pavilion) on May 10 and 11. Video game lovers can enjoy the event that arrives in Spain after having passed through São Paulo, Copenhagen or Istanbul with a novelty: the participation of a Spanish team.
The Blast Pro Series management so far selected participants by invitation. "We always choose the best teams in the world," says Frederikke Wacker, public relations at Blast Pro Series. But in the 12 editions that have been celebrated since 2017, a Spanish team had never participated. Now Movistar Riders, Vodafone Giants, Cream Esports, Dragons E.C Y Team Cheese they will have the opportunity to win the title of Counter Strike World Champions (CS: GO).
These teams will face each other in a qualifying tournament prior to the international competition. On April 10 he will play on-line (in a series to the best of three maps) Vodafone Giants against Cream Esports at six in the afternoon and Dragons E.C against Team Queso two hours later. The semifinal will be held on April 17 (also on-line) between the winners of both games and the final will be against Movistar Riders (who has the privilege of skipping the previous phase for having won the first round of the Orange Super League of Counter Strike) on May 10 at the Madrid Arena pavilion.
The winner will join the competition as the sixth team, along with those already confirmed: the Danish team Astralis (champion of the previous edition held in São Paulo), the Ukrainian Natus Vincere, Swedish Ninjas in Pajamas and two more groups that will be announced this week. The winning team will be awarded $ 250,000 (222,000 euros).
Spain has an opportunity to demonstrate its potential in Counter Strike and boost the talent of the Spanish eSports teams. The tournament will be broadcast in more than 135 countries on five continents and the event "will be a great speaker for Madrid and eSports in Spain," said Jordi Roig, executive producer of Blast Pro Series.
Tickets are now available for 22 euros (high tier), 27.50 euros (tier), 38.50 (low tier), 49.50 euros (track) and 88 euros (blast zone, that is, next to the stage). "We must support this industry that is becoming an employment opportunity for young people. Madrid and Spain have the opportunity to be relevant in a new territory ", concluded Fernando Piquer, founder and CEO of Movistar Riders.