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March 3, 2021

Fantasyexpo unveils details for BLAST Premier Spring Showdown qualifier

Fantasyexpo unveils details for BLAST Premier Spring Showdown qualifier

Gaming agency Fantasyexpo has revealed the format for Western Europe’s BLAST Premier Spring Showdown qualifying tournament, the Fantasyexpo Cup.

As an official partner of the BLAST Premier’s CS:GO league, the agency will hold qualifiers for countries across Western Europe, including Poland, Germany, Great Britain, France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

Fantasyexpo Cup tournament format. Credit: Fantasyexpo

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The tournament is a result of BLAST’s expansion of the qualifying series for its Spring Showdown tournament, providing more teams with the opportunity to enter the competition.

Andrew Haworth, Commissioner for BLAST Premier spoke on the announcement in a release: “We are delighted to team up with Fantasyexpo again. They have vast experience in creating amazing Counter-Strike events in cooperation with the most talented teams in Western Europe. 

“Our goal in 2021 is to make BLAST Premier the most open and accessible tournament series on the scene and by working with leading regional partners such as Fantasyexpo, we are able to achieve this, through providing hundreds of teams around the world a chance to take part in the Spring Showdown.”

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The Fantasyexpo Cup will feature a total of eight Western European teams battling for an advance to BLAST Premier Spring Showdown, as well as a $25,000 (~£17,900) ‘participation fee’ from BLAST Premier, which is meant to support the teams from outside of the title’s top-tier.

Three teams, namely mousesports, FunPlus Phoenix and MAD DOG’S PACT, have already received an invitation for the Fantasyexpo Cup, meanwhile, the rest will have a chance to secure a spot in the tournament through open regional qualifiers, taking place from March 5th to 13th. 

Additionally, Fantasyexpo will hold one last-chance open qualifier on March 19th – 20th. 

Fantasyexpo Cup slot distribution. Credit: Fantasyexpo

Krzysztof Stypułkowski, Co-Founder of Fantasyexpo also commented: “We have known each other with our BLAST partners for 4 years now. I am happy that together we can have a positive impact on the European esports market.

“Thanks to our cooperation, local leagues from Poland, Germany, France, United Kingdom and Italy will have a chance to offer their teams an opportunity to play on the highest level. For Fantasyexpo it is also an incredible opportunity to gain even more experience with international events.”

Qualifiers for the Spring Showdown will be open to over 1500 teams across a total of 20 countries, with Fantasyexpo Cup being one of the five regional qualifiers organised by BLAST’s selected partners. This year, the BLAST plans to give away rewards worth $2,475,000 (~£1,771,000) across all seven BLAST Premier events.

Esports Insider says: It’s good to see Fantasyexpo’s qualifier provide opportunities to multiple teams in Western Europe, no matter the size of the organisation. Despite only one slot being made available for Fantasyexpo, the detailed qualification system highlights the title’s continued popularity in the region. 

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LCS unveils Blood Centers of America partnership

North American League of Legends competition the League Championship Series (LCS) has entered into a partnership with Blood Centers of America (BCA).

The deal will see both parties collaborate on a campaign that encourages League of Legends fans who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate convalescent plasma (CCP).

Photo credit: BCA / LCS

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BCA’s and LCS’ ‘First Blood Saves’ campaign commences on March 5th. The reason the campaign is asking for community members that have recovered from COVID-19 to donate CCP is due to its antibodies which can be used to combat the virus. Fans will be able to donate in any of BCA’s 60 plus independent community blood centers across the United States.

According to the press release, those that choose to donate by signing up through a dedicated website will receive skins for K/DA and Kai’Sa champions. 

This isn’t the first time BCA has entered into the esports industry. In June 2019, the not-for-profit organisation entered a partnership with Team Liquid which saw branded donation trucks travel across North America to enable fans to donate blood. Those that did donate received a limited-edition t-shirt.

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BCA becomes the latest addition to the LCS’ roster of partners, joining the likes of food delivery service Grubhub, insurance and financial giant State Farm, and gaming chair brand Secretlab.

As per the release, more information surrounding the First Bloods Save Lives campaign will be revealed in upcoming LCS broadcasts and across social media.

Esports Insider says: As one of the most-watched esports leagues in North America and the world, the LCS joining forces with Blood Centers of America is a great initiative to encourage people to help in the ongoing battle with COVID-19.

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