Australia's leading video games venue, Fortress, has today announced their partnership with one of the world's most famous esports circuits, BLAST - which will see Fortress deliver the region's first-ever Regional BLAST Premier Qualifier in 2022.
The Fortress OCE Masters will see four of the region's top teams fly to Melbourne following an online qualifier to compete in a LAN Final held in front of a live audience at the Alienware Arena, the world's largest fixed esports venue of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
The winner of this event will then qualify into the BLAST Premier Fall Showdown and from there they will have a chance to qualify for the World Final. BLAST Premier events will see top teams from around the world compete for a combined prize pool of $2,475,000 throughout 2022.
Mads Brown, COO of Fortress, spoke about Fortress’ excitement for this new found partnership and what the company is most looking forward to throughout the event.
“We’re very excited to be partnering with BLAST, one of the world’s premier esports companies who are known for their groundbreaking events and best-in-class production. 2022 will be a massive year for esports in Australia as we present the Fortress OCE Masters, bringing a Blast Premier Qualifier to Oceania and giving gamers in the region the chance to qualify to play on the global BLAST stage. We’re looking forward to flexing our state-of-the-art production capabilities with our live grand finals.”
Alexander Lewin, VP of Distribution at BLAST, spoke to the nature of this partnership and his excitement for delivering an event in Australia for the first time.
“We are delighted to be teaming up with Fortress. As Australia’s home of games, with an exciting portfolio of activities and ventures, Fortress is the perfect partner to bring BLAST Premier to our fans down under and to a wider Australian audience. We are very much looking forward to seeing BLAST’s Australian qualifiers being played out of their state-of-the-art venue.”
More details regarding exact dates and details of how teams can compete are expected to be revealed in the very near future. You can follow the progress of the event via Fortress’ social media channels: Twitter | Facebook | Twitch.
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