CS:GO: BLAST under fire for cancelling tickets and quadrupling price for LA event - Dexerto
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CS:GO: BLAST under fire for cancelling tickets and quadrupling price for LA event

Published: 6/Jun/2019 9:43 Updated: 6/Jun/2019 10:24

by Joe O'Brien

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BLAST Pro Series are facing renewed criticism following a change in the venue and ticket price for their upcoming Los Angeles CS:GO event, despite efforts to appease fans with a format improvement.

BLAST Pro Series have faced a lot of criticism in recent months on a number of fronts, with their tournament format and apparent business goals the primary targets.

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The organizer has been accused of pushing towards a kind of “soft exclusivity” by securing the world’s top teams for their own tournaments while scheduling in such a way that few other events see all of the top teams in attendance at once.

In 2019, the teams signed up to the BLAST Pro Series must attend five of the seven events in the year, although reports suggest BLAST are looking to increase their number of tournaments for 2020.

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This has been particularly frustrating to many viewers considering the format of the BLAST events, which is the weakest on the circuit, featuring a best-of-one round-robin group stage leading directly into a best-of-three final.

Blast Pro SeriesBLAST has come under heavy criticism in recent months from fans and industry figures.

The next event on the BLAST Pro Series calendar is taking place in Los Angeles on July 13-14. In response to the criticism, BLAST have announced an update to the tournament format that will see the addition of best-of-three semi-finals directly following the group stage.

While the change will undoubtedly come as a welcome one for viewers, it’s been somewhat overshadowed by another change to the event, which has seen the location moved along with a major price increase for attendees.

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Previously, BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles was due to take place at University of Southern California’s Galen Center arena. That venue has now been cancelled, and the event will instead take place at a venue that looks to be a significant downgrade.

Meanwhile, the ticket prices for the event appear to have quadrupled, from $25 before fees for a day ticket to $99 for a day ticket, or $149 for a two-day ticket.

Fans who had already purchased tickets for the Galen Center event have had their tickets refunded, and will have to buy tickets at the new price if they still wish to attend the event.

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BLAST Front Row Experience

To account for the difference in price, BLAST are introducing the “Front Row Experience” in Los Angeles which will give fans new levels of access, with guided tours of event production such as producer, observer, and camera areas to give attendants a look at what goes on behind the scenes.

BLAST promise that the Los Angeles event will offer an “exclusive and intimate experience for fans”, and do so “without sacrificing the premium feeling of BLAST Pro Series”.

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So far, however, the change does not seem to have been particularly popular, with the move seemingly resulting in another blow to fan perception of the tournament organizer.

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HenryG explains Cloud9’s CSGO player salaries after $400k floppy deal

Published: 7/Oct/2020 19:11

by Calum Patterson

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Cloud9 have now confirmed that Ricky ‘floppy’ Kemery is the fourth player of their self-proclaimed CS:GO “colossus” roster, in a deal worth over $400,000, bringing their total to around $4 million in player contracts, with another two players still to go.

Floppy joined Cloud9 from ATK in January, and is now transitioning to the new ‘colossus’ roster alongside ALEX, mezii, and woxic.

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The colossus began with the signing of ALEX from Vitality, whose deal is worth $1.65 million. He was joined by fellow brit Mezii on a $426,000 deal. Then, woxic was added from mousesports, in another deal surpassing the $1m mark, at $1,365,000.

This latest deal for floppy takes the total value of this 4-man squad to $3.87 million, and with two players to go (GM Henry  ‘HenryG’ Greer has plans for a six-player roster), is set to surpass the $4 million mark.

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Since HenryG’s move from casting into a management role at C9, he has aimed to shake-up the traditionally opaque nature of esports transfer dealings.

In each of the four signings, Greer has confirmed the length of the player’s contract, and it’s total value over that period. All four players announced so far have been signed to three-year deals.

After the floppy announcement, Greer clarified on Twitter that despite the lower total value of deals for floppy and Mezii (compared to ALEX and woxic), each player’s deal is negotiated on an individual basis.

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“Ricky has received a pay increase from his previous contract and that will be reviewed each year of his stay,” he concludes.

Presumably, salaries could increase based on performance metrics or other value added to the brand by the player, or as thanks for loyalty to the team.

After he was confirmed as the GM of Cloud9, Greer told Dexerto: “My plans for this team are certainly ambitious. I wouldn’t be involved in any sort of General Manager role unless I had absolute full control of the roster and direction we plan to head.

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HenryG is now at the helm of Cloud9’s CS:GO venture.

“C9 have entrusted me with their entire CS:GO dynasty and, honestly, I think that’s one of the boldest moves any org has made in a long time.”

HenryG and Cloud9’s new approach to player deals could very well set off a new trend in CS:GO and esports generally, though for now, they remain on solitary ground.

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