BLAST has revealed its calendar for the 2023 season, and is planning to host seven CS:GO events this year - and broadcast more hours of gameplay than ever before.
BLAST Premier 2023 schedule
BLAST's 2023 season will be split into the Spring and Fall seasons, which are further divided into the LAN Group Stage, online Showdowns and the Finals taking place in the arena.
Additionally, BLAST has the honour of both opening and closing the 2023 CS:GO season - kicking things off with the BLAST Premier Spring Groups (taking place from January 19-29), and ending the year with the BLAST Premier World Final (taking place from December 13-17).
BLAST has also somewhat altered the format for both the Spring and Fall Groups, compared to previous years. All matches in the Groups tournaments will be decided under the best of three format, meaning that fans will have more professional CS:GO play to enjoy than ever before. BLAST has revealed that it intends to broadcast 345 hours of CS:GO in 2023.
BLAST Premier 2023 calendar
January 19-29: Spring Groups
April 12-16: Spring Showdown
June 7-11: Spring Final
July 13-23: Fall Groups
October 4-8: Fall Showdown
November 22-26: Fall Final
December 13-17: World Final
While only BLAST partnered teams can compete in the Spring and Fall Groups tournaments, the Showdown events will allow non-partnered teams to compete and stand a chance of earning an invitation to the seasonal finals.
The Spring Showdown will be open to teams from Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Nordics, North America, South America and Asia. The qualifying regions for the Fall Showdown meanwhile include Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Nordics, North America, South America, China, Oceania and MENA.
"2023 will be the second year running where we have all of our finals in packed-out arenas in leading locations around the world," said Charlotte Kenny, Managing Director of BLAST Premier. "We’re excited to deliver another 12 months of next-level entertainment and follow up on the success of last year’s arena events in Lisbon, Copenhagen and Abu Dhabi.
“This year, the BLAST Premier Qualifiers return, giving grassroots teams the chance to play at the highest level against the world’s best - with 14 regional qualifiers set to take place across the year.”
The 2023 season is shaping up to be the biggest year for CS:GO yet - and you can follow along with every match right here on Luckbox. Just remember to sign up for your free account before the action kicks off on January 19 with the BLAST Premier Spring Groups!