BLAST has partnered with AD Gaming – a pioneering gaming and esports initiative - to bring its prestigious global esports tournament, the BLAST Premier World Final, for the first time to Abu Dhabi later this year as part of a landmark three-year partnership.
Hosted at the Etihad Arena on Yas Island, the BLAST Premier World Final will run from 14th-18th December and will feature eight of the world's best esports organisations for the prestigious World Final trophy as they aim to claim a slice of the $1 million prize pool and a chance to claim bragging rights as the champions of Counter-Strike in 2022
Information on tickets and live audience dates for the tournament will be announced at a later date.
The World Final will be the seventh and last event of the BLAST Premier tournament series and is the culmination of the 2022 global CS:GO calendar. Split across two seasons, BLAST Premier offers a place in the World Final for teams who triumph in the Spring and Fall Seasons, as well as the top four teams on the 'Race to the World Final Leaderboard'. The line-up will be completed with the winners of ESL Season 16 and the ESL Rio Major.
FaZe Clan was the first team to book their ticket to Abu Dhabi after triumphing in the ESL Pro League Season 15 and winning the PGL Antwerp Major, while NAVI were the latest to qualify, having won the Spring Final in Lisbon last week.
With the UAE capital named as the new host city, the announcement aligns with BLAST's ongoing commitment to reaching new audiences and delivering incredible esports experiences in state-of-the-art arenas for both teams and spectators.
The event aligns with AD Gaming's wider strategy and commitment to aggregate Abu Dhabi's drive to build a thriving gaming and esports ecosystem and continue to promote the city as a global gaming hub.
Since being established in 2021, AD Gaming has brought over 30 game developers into the capital, providing them world-class industry support to fuel their success stories from the Emirate whilst generating countless opportunities for local and international talent, both now and in the future in this booming industry.