BLAST confirms broadcast reach ahead of first DOTA 2 tournament
32 hours of BLAST Bounty Hunt action will be shown in 11 languages and broadcast in 29 territories across five continents, helping to further extend the esports brand’s global reach. Among others, DOTA fans will be able to watch matches in English, Chinese and Russian ranging to Portuguese, French, Polish and more.
Last month BLAST announced its first foray into DOTA 2 with the introduction of Bounty Hunt – the new online competition will feature the best teams from across Europe. The tournament will be held across five consecutive days from today, where teams will compete for a prize pool of $150,000.
In 2019, BLAST delivered seven Counter-Strike events across five continents with 1 billion minutes of broadcast watched in 19 different languages. During a time when the fanbase is predominately at home, this output has increased with the introduction of multiple new lines of tournaments, content series and commercial partnerships. From 30th April through to 21st June, BLAST is bringing to life over 308 hours of world-class esports to fans all around the world.
Alexander Lewin, VP Distribution and Programming, said: “We are delighted to start our first DoTa tournament and are thrilled to have partnered with a global, who-is-who, of linear and online broadcasting for Bounty Hunt. This confirms the desire for a BLAST DOTA 2 product that we have been working so hard to make happen over the last few months.”
A dynamic prize pool and an interactive fan prediction game, where fans will win $5,000 of the prize pool, are two innovative new features that will be introduced in BLAST Bounty Hunt. These features have been created and brought to the fans by BLAST in collaboration with the competing teams.
Teams involved include OG Esports, Team Secret, Nigma, NIP, Alliance and Team Liquid playing BO3s until the Championship Final BO5. Teams will seed each other and play in double elimination brackets to reach the final two. Seeds 3-6 will playoff with the winners moving on to play seeds 1-2 for a place in the final.
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