Counter-Strike event series BLAST Premier will be broadcast on BBC iPlayer for the remainder of the 2020 season.
The Danish tournament organizers have partnered with the British broadcaster for their remaining three events, in which over £1.5m will be awarded to participating teams.
The events that fans can watch through the BBC are the BLAST Premier Fall Showdown on November 24-29, the BLAST Premier Fall Final on December 8-13, and the BLAST Premier Global Final on January 19-24.
The action will still be available to watch on Twitch and YouTube for fans outside of the United Kingdom, or simply for those who prefer the traditional streaming platforms.
BLAST recently wrapped up their Premier Fall event, which featured 12 top teams battling for $150,000. OG, Team Vitality, and G2 Esports each received $25,000 and 1600 BLAST Premier points, while Natus Vincere, BIG, and Astralis earned $12,500 and 800 points — all of them, however, booked their spot in the Fall 2020 Finals.
Ninjas in Pyjamas, Complexity, MIBR, Evil Geniuses, FaZe Clan, and FURIA all performed underwhelmingly and will have to duke it out in the Fall Showdown. Only two of these sides will eventually find their way to the Fall Finals.
“The BBC is admired around the world for its standard of excellence, and its digital platforms provide the perfect destination for BLAST Premier’s fans based in the United Kingdom to watch the world’s best Counter-Strike players go head-to-head,” said Alexander Lewin, BLAST’s VP Distribution and Programming.
Over the course of 2020, presumably due to the absence of many major sporting events, BBC have embraced esports across their digital streaming platforms.
This year alone, they broadcasted the Rocket League European Spring Series, sim racing competition W Series Esports League, and League of Legends tournaments UKLC and NLC.
In previous years, the broadcasters have opted to pick up Gfinity’s Elite Series and Dota 2 major ESL One Birmingham.