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Since the Covid-19 pandemic surged in March of 2020, in-person Counter-Strike events have been unachievable and completely out of the question. But, as countries begin to open up, BLAST has announced that its CS:GO Fall Final this year will take place on LAN at Copenhagen’s Royal Arena, in Denmark.
Andrew Haworth, Commissioner for BLAST Premier, said “BLAST has been eagerly awaiting this day for some time now, we’ve hugely missed arena events and being able to take our shows to CS:GO fans all around the world – nothing can replace the feeling of players entertaining and interacting with a live audience.”
About the BLAST Fall Final
The BLAST Fall Final will take place November 23 through November 28, and as of now, will be the fifth upcoming CS:GO event to take place on LAN, with ESL Cologne being one of the first. However, while the entire event is on LAN, not all days will feature a crowd. The qualification for the tournament, through the BLAST Fall Groups and Fall Showdown, will both be online.
Additionally, the first four days will be without a crowd. Only on the last three days will a crowd be present, with the capacity capped at 12,000. However, BLAST is conscious of a possible new wave of Covid-19 and is closely working with the Danish government and the CSPPA on the event.
Benjamin “blameF” Bremer spoke out ahead of the announcement on his thoughts about the return to LAN. While many players have previously stated that certain teams wouldn’t perform as well on LAN, blameF expects the opposite going into the BLAST Fall Final. He highlighted “What teams have been showing online is going to transition into LAN.” He continued on, saying, “that conversation would make sense if it were an online period of three or four months… But, the online period has been for so long now… So yeah, I think [team performance] is going to transition into LAN.”
Tickets for the CS:GO BLAST Fall Final will go on sale Wednesday, June 16, and will be available here.
Zain Merchant is an Esports writer who has previously worked with Team Dignitas. He loves FPS games such as Valorant, Counter-Strike and Valorant.