Esports Tournament kicks off the year at 3 Mills Studios

Post updated in April 2020 to include gallery of images from the tournament below including the impressive studio staging

From next Friday 31st January 3 Mills Studios will be hosting our first ever eSports production – BLAST Premier Spring Series.

The production will be in the format of a tournament where 12 of the world’s best eSports teams compete in front of a live audience to gain a place in the final, which takes place in Moscow in June.

The matches will take place over three weekends (31st Jan – 2nd Feb, 7th Feb – 9th Feb and 14th Feb – 16th Feb). The entire tournament will also be live streamed on Twitch.

Tickets for matches are available to purchase here:

For our educational partners, please note that the age restriction is 18+.

See official Press Release from the BLAST team which outlines the details of the tournament below.

PRESS RELEASE: BLAST Premier kicks off the year at 3 Mills Studios

Friday 24th January 2020

Twelve teams, three weeks, top esports entertainment and an iconic British TV-studio.

BLAST, the leading esports entertainment platform, recently announced twelve of the worlds best teams as participants in BLAST Premier, the innovative new global tournament series in Counter-Strike.

After a successful 2019 with stops in Sao Paulo, Los Angeles, Madrid, Moscow, Miami, Copenhagen and Bahrain, BLAST now brings the best esports entertainment to one of the most important cities in the world. BLAST Premier kicks off 31 January 2020 in the iconic 3 Mills Studios in London for the studio’s first ever esports production.

Jonny Lincoln, Head of Sales and Marketing, 3 Mills Studios:

3 Mills Studios are very excited to be hosting our first ever esports production with the team behind BLAST Premier. We have hosted many audience-based productions previously including the first season of Big Brother, Million Pound Drop and not to forget the preparations for the Olympic Games’ opening and closing ceremonies. Giving the public a glimpse of the magic taking place within the studio campus is always a fun experience. We pride ourselves on the diversity of our productions and we are looking forward to building on the great relationship we have with BLAST Premier, a leader in the fast emerging esports genre.

BLAST are having their first ever studio setup in London and 3 Mills Studios was the perfect match for the London based organisation.

Andrew Haworth, Director of Operations & Production, BLAST:

When we were looking across Europe for studios for the inaugural BLAST Premier Spring Series, 3 Mills Studios leapt out. It’s such an attractive venue with an incredible iconic legacy, it was the obvious choice for our first tournament in London. The team there have been great to work with and we’re looking forward to kicking off the 2020 BLAST Premier season in style.

Global superstars from teams like Astralis, Team Liquid, Evil Geniuses and the new counter-strike rosters from the legendary esports organisations OG and 100Thieves will amongst others be competing over three weeks, one group per week, one game at a time. Number 1 and 2 from each group qualify directly to the BLAST Premier Spring Final in Moscow later this year, where the winner takes home 500,000 USD and a spot in the Global Final where the teams are competing for 1,500,000 USD.

Notes to editors:

BLAST is a leading esports and entertainment company. BLAST have delivered the highly successful BLAST Pro Series 2019. In 2020, BLAST is bringing the BLAST Premier tournament to the industry. BLAST has world class commercial and broadcast partners and is able to bring a range of different entertainment and esports platforms to new audiences around the world. BLAST is headquartered in Copenhagen and London.

3 Mills Studios is an iconic production destination in the heart of London’s most vibrant creative community. Situated on an attractive island oasis in East London, 3 Mills Studios is one of the most accessible studios in the UK with excellent transport links to central London. With 9 filming stages, 11 theatre spaces and over 75,000 sq. ft. of filming space, we have the facilities to fit the bill and help our clients create outstanding results. 3 Mills Studios is managed by Knight Frank on behalf of the London Legacy Development Corporation, reporting to the Mayor of London.

East London is fast becoming home to esports with events taking place at 3 Mills, Copper Box Arena and Here East at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Past esports events at the Copper Box Arena include: Xbox X019, Rocket League World Championships, Clash Royale Crown Championship World Finals, Minecon Earth Tournament, Gran Turismo Sport 7 Unveiling Event and Dreamhack.
Staffordshire University London, based at Here East offer a specialist selection of undergraduate and postgraduate courses designed to corner the industries of tomorrow, including games, cyber security and eSports.

For more information about BLAST Premier, please contact:

Frederikke Emily Wacker, Head of PR, BLAST

  • on January 24, 2020