BIG Becomes the Latest CSGO BLAST Premier Member Team
Thanks to a competitive bidding process, Berlin International Gaming (BIG) has become the latest BLAST Premier Member Team in CSGO. As the 12th team in the BLAST Premier program, they replace 100 Thieves as they depart the CSGO scene. BLAST is quite possibly the most successful CSGO competitive scene globally. Seeing BIG join these illustrious teams isn’t too much of a surprise. They are fourth on the HLTV world rankings and had a stellar 2020. But do they have what it takes to claim big money in 2021? Get ready for BLAST Premier.
Big Money, Intense Competition
This announcement is on top of some already excellent CSGO news. The BLAST Premier Global Final between Team Vitality and NAVI was the most-watched online CSGO event in history. The match peaked at 687,691 viewers. Now that’s serious. BLAST Premier is the biggest CSGO scene, so we’re glad to see BIG joining as a BLAST Premier Member Team.
With seven BLAST Premier events and a potential 80 teams in the qualifying events, there are possibly 286 CSGO matches this year. The Member Teams are expected in at least four of these. Member Teams also automatically gain a spot in the Fall and Spring groups before progressing to the Showdown or Finals, depending on how they perform.
“BIG are highly respected in the industry and have been one of the most successful esports organizations over the past 12 months – making them the perfect addition to BLAST Premier as a Member Team,” Robbie Douek, CEO of BLAST. “Last year’s highly successful circuit came to a record-breaking conclusion on Sunday, and we are excited for BIG to be a part of our plans for 2021 as we continue to deliver world-class Counter-Strike to all corners of the world. We undertook an in-depth and extensive process when selecting BIG for our latest Member Team; the scope and level of interest and investment for this final slot is testament to the incredible growth and success of BLAST Premier over the last 12 months.”
That spot had to have been highly coveted and competitive. A team with a more or less free ride through several events has to feel safe and secure. We’re glad it went to a skilled team. BIG’s CSGO team was ranked No. 1 for eight weeks and took the DreamHack Masters Spring trophy. It’s not like they’re without merit. It’s a big name to secure for that spot. Will they do anything with it? This isn’t going to be a cakewalk, after all.
“We are incredibly proud and excited to be a part of BLAST Premier as a Member Team,” said Daniel Finker, CEO of BIG. “The successful acquisition is an indication of our outstanding development in the past years. We have clearly established ourselves among the world’s best teams thanks to our team’s hard work and people working behind the scenes. The tournament series BLAST has created in recent years is one of the most-watched, entertaining and competitive in Counter-Strike, and we look forward to competing alongside some of the world’s best teams in the upcoming seasons as a Member Team. At this point, we want to thank our investor Marc Staperfeld, who shared our ambition and supported us tremendously with the buy-in fee during the highly competitive bidding process.”
We’re looking at a possible 32 teams across these BLAST Premier Events, too. That’s how many roughly we can expect to make it through the qualifiers, coupled with the BLAST Premier Member Teams. That’s plenty of slots for CSGO teams to try and make a name for themselves. I know we’re all excited for this CSGO action in the coming year. Who are you expecting to go all the way? We’d love to hear about it on social media. We don’t know what the future holds for BIG as the latest BLAST Premier Team in CSGO, but we’re hyped to find out.