BLAST looks for 2024 host city partners, claims €22m economic impact for hosts
BLAST has become a world-renowned tournament organizer and expanded beyond it's initial venture in Counter-Strike by hosting large-scale Fortnite and Rainbow Six Siege LANs. BLAST has become a major player in Ubisoft's R6 space while also maintaining its status as arguably the second-largest organizer within Counter-Strike.
In a press release, BLAST has announced that they are looking for "suitable locations and partners" as they look to host their events throughout the globe in 2024. Despite starting out in the Counter-Strike space, BLAST has now hosted several Fortnite events and has taken on significant responsibility for the competitive scene in Ubisoft's Rainbow Six Siege game. In addition, they have also helped produce Apex Legends, VALORANT, and other notable esports events.
James Woollard, Head of Commercial Solutions at BLAST, made an appeal to cities with a boisterous claim that BLAST events have contributed more than €22m in economic benefit for host cities.
BLAST has built a reputation of delivering world class arena events that produce tangible impacts for the host destination and exciting experiences for fans. Hosts have benefited from economic impacts, esports' truly global and passionate fanbase, increased international exposure, and premium content and broadcast exposure showcasing the host destination to tens of millions of viewers. With 2024 on the horizon, which is shaping out to be one of our biggest and best years yet, we are looking for further opportunities to create incredible events at leading locations around the world.
With thousands of fans expected in-arena, including over 60% on average from outside of the host city, and economic impacts of over €22m for the host economy at previous BLAST events, we are looking forward to working with host city destinations to bring these benefits to their locations while creating engaging esports experiences for fans.
Running from this July, BLAST has begun working with interested parties to find suitable locations and partners for their global circuit across several different titles. BLAST has already worked in several different major cities across the globe, including London, Copenhagen, Lisbon, Sao Paulo, and Washington D.C.