BLAST Partners with Visit Denmark

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BLAST has partnered Visit Denmark, the Official Tourism Organisation of Denmark, ahead of the upcoming Fall Final (22-26 November) taking place in Copenhagen.

With the BLAST Premier Fall Final set to take place in Copenhagen’s iconic Royal Arena, Visit Denmark has partnered with the Counter-Strike tournament to promote Denmark as a leading destination and esports hub for fans and travellers.

The event will see the world’s best Counter-Strike players descend on Copenhagen, with a global broadcast audience of 154 territories and in 27 different languages set to tune in. The partnership will promote Denmark using a variety of physical and digital platforms alongside content featuring famous Danish Counter-Strike players visiting iconic local landmarks in Lynæs Surfcenter, Fyrkroen, Kronborg.

Denmark has grown to become a world-leader in esports over the last few years. Dansk Industri’s report “Denmark as an esports nation” from August 2023 highlighted this position, describing Denmark as a potential front runner in esports. Denmark esports employs 3000 full-time employees, which is more than the entire Danish film industry. If growth continues, the number will have doubled in 2030.

No other city in the world is hosting as many large-scale esports events as Copenhagen in 2023. Three of the world’s biggest game publishers in Ubisoft, Epic Games and Valve have been working with BLAST to bring three large-scale events to Copenhagen and Denmark in the shape of the BLAST R6 Major (Rainbow Six Siege) in the Forum, the FNCS Global Championships (Fortnite) and the BLAST Premier Fall Final (Counter-Strike 2), both in Royal Arena.

These events bring a huge investment to Denmark. The forecasted economic impact of last year’s BLAST Premier Fall Final to Copenhagen was notable with an overall investment of $8.8million/60,000,000 DKK.

Alexander Lewin, VP of Distribution and Programming for BLAST, said: “Denmark is not only a leading destination for world travellers but it has also positioned itself as a place of choice for esports and gaming fans – 2023 has shown the variety and depth of this offering with three tier one arena events taking place in Copenhagen for fans to attend and enjoy. We are delighted to be teaming up with a leading destination partner in Visit Denmark to support them in promoting this beautiful country to a global audience tuning in for the BLAST Premier Fall Final at Royal Arena.”

Finn ‘karrigan’ Anderson, Danish Counter-Strike player and captain for Faze Clan, said: “Denmark has a special place in my heart for the opportunities and experiences it has given me throughout my life, it’s brilliant to be able to play a role in helping promote the country to the rest of the world so others can experience what a unique place it is. I cherish every moment of being able to compete and entertain a home crowd at Royal Arena and this year’s BLAST Premier Fall Final will be no different.”

Katja Moesgaard, CEO for Visit Denmark, said: “The fact that BLAST has chosen to host so many esports events in Denmark this year is testimony to Denmark’s remarkable position within esports and gaming. It’s also an amazing opportunity to showcase Denmark as an innovative and modern country. The collaboration with BLAST creates a unique platform for us to reach a global audience and spread the word about Denmark. It is our ambition to inspire fans from all over the world to visit the country where some of the biggest Counter-Strike stars – like Finn ‘karrigan’ Andersen – originate from.”

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