BLAST Premier has announced the Spring Showdown qualifiers set to take place between March 19-28. The expanded qualifiers are set to feature over 1500 teams from 20 countries, across multiple continents, all fighting for the five extra spots in the Spring Showdown itself.
"This expanded qualifying circuit reaffirms our commitment to offering a Counter-Strike tournament series that gives a wide range of teams opportunities to succeed with over 1,500 teams getting a chance to progress through to BLAST Premier Spring Showdown and compete against the world's elite on a global stage," said Andrew Haworth, Commissioner for BLAST Premier.
According to the announcement article, over 40 teams will be directly involved in the finals of the BLAST Premier Qualifying series across five events, but those 40 spots will be fought over by the 1500 teams in Open Qualifying. Those who make it all the way through the ringer and earn one of the five spots in the actual Spring Showdown tournament will also receive $25,000 as a participation reward.
"There are so many countries around the world that have thriving CS:GO grassroots scenes and we're delighted to be able to put a spotlight on these areas, invest in the organisations and give them a platform to showcase their talents to the world," said Haworth.
The Spring Showdown itself will feature a $162,500 prize pool for teams to compete over, and will see the best in the world facing off when the tournament takes place.
You can see in the image below the dates for when each qualifier is set to take place.