BLAST renews Fortnite Champion Series partnership for 2023
Esports tournament organiser and production company BLAST has renewed its partnership with game developer Epic Games for the Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS).
As a result, BLAST will continue to produce competitive Fortnite events in 2023, delivering three Major tournaments and the Global Championship, which is set to take place in Copenhagen, Denmark.
BLAST first started producing Fortnite events in 2021 and has since been a part of numerous events for the battle royale game since. BLAST-produced competitions include the FNCS Grand Royale and FNCS All-Star Showdown, as well as the main FNCS seasons. The All-Star Showdown was the first Fortnite event produced by BLAST.
The company delivered the entirety of the FNCS in 2022 and is set to continue doing so for the 2023 edition.
This year the FNCS will undergo some significant changes, mostly tied to its competitive structure. In 2023, there will be a total of three Major tournaments and a large-scale season finale called the Global Championship. All three Majors will be broadcast from BLAST’s studios in Copenhagen.
The last event of the season, the Global Championship, will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, in late 2023 and will feature a $4m prize pool.
Although BLAST is most-known for BLAST Premier — its CS:GO circuit — the company also produces third-party events, such as the FNCS. BLAST also produces the ePremier League, the official esports competition for the Premier League, and has also produced Dota 2 and VALORANT events in the past.
Leo Matlock, MD of Development at BLAST, commented on the news: “Extending and expanding the BLAST and Competitive Fortnite partnership into a third year is a testament to the brilliant progress that has been made with FNCS over the last few years.
“2023 is turning out to be another thrilling year, Major One has already been completed from the BLAST Copenhagen studios and we’re excited to deliver the remaining three FNCS events with a combined prize pool of $8 million on the line.”