As we enter 2024 and look ahead to the coming year's esports tournaments, new announcements are already being made. BLAST, a company known for helming some of the biggest esports tournaments around, have announced that they've taken on a new multi-year deal with Epic Games.
The deal will see BLAST operate both the Fortnite Championship Series (FNCS) and Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS), starting in 2024. The company first teamed up with Competitive Fortnite for the FNCS All-Star Showdown and FNCS Grand Royale events back in 2021. BLAST then went on to run both the 2022 and 2023 FNCS schedules, including October’s FNCS Global Championship in Copenhagen.
Starting in 2024, this new deal will see BLAST handle the operations for competitions, event production, marketing, and the commercial rights for broadcasts and events for both the RLCS and FNCS.
Leo Matlock, Chief Business Officer for BLAST, said of the deal: “Pioneering positive change in esports has always been part of the BLAST DNA and this announcement is an amazing continuation of that journey. Working together with the world’s biggest game publishers to elevate and grow their competitive properties has been a huge area of focus for BLAST in recent years.
This collaboration is testament to that hard work and we are delighted to expand our relationship with Epic Games by operating the Rocket League Championship Series in addition to the Fortnite Championship Series.”
Last year's FNCS Global Championship saw players compete for their share of a $4 million prize pool, and was the fourth most-watched Competitive Fortnite event of all time with over 725,000 peak viewers.