Esports tournament organizer BLAST has expanded and renewed its partnership with Epic Gameswhich allows the company Continue production of the Fortnite Championship Series (FNCS) and begin production of the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS).
BLAST did not share the duration of the agreement, but noted that both agreements include a “multi-year” period And it will run all operations for both games in the future. BLAST will also be responsible for commercial rights to the broadcasts and events of the FNCS and RLCS.
Despite being behind the popular Counter-Strike Blast Premier series, Blast also operates several high-profile leagues and events, such as Rainbow Six Siege and FNCS.
The company first partnered with Fortnite developer Epic Games in 2021 to offer FNCS All-Star Showdown and FNCS Grand Royal events. BLAST has since expanded the partnership, resulting in the production of all FNCS events in 2022 and 2023. The last FNCS event of the 2023 season was the most watched in the history of the game.
For Rocket League, this will be a first for BLAST. He The RLCS was produced by ESL in the past through DreamHackAs part of a partnership between ESL and Psyonix that first started in 2020. The Rocket League esports series has shown promise and attracted strong viewership in 2023, but what the esports gaming ecosystem will look like in 2024 remains to be seen.
in the future, BLAST shared that the company will handle all RLCS and FNCS competition operations, event production and marketing.. This means that BLAST will be in charge of all FNCS League operations, a first for the company.
Working alongside the world’s largest game publishers to grow and enhance their competitive properties has been a big area of focus for BLAST in recent years. This collaboration is a testament to the hard work and we are thrilled to expand our relationship with Epic Games by operating the Rocket League Championship Series in addition to the Fortnite Championship Series.
Leo Matlock, Blast’s Commercial Director