Team Vitality triumphed at the BLAST Premier World Final 2023 over the weekend, winning a share of the USD 1 million prize pool and being crowned as the best Counter-Strike esports team in the world.
In a tough finale, Team Vitality won a thrilling match against Faze Clan, securing a win in front of thousands of fans worldwide. This marks their second consecutive win following the Spring Fall tournament in Copenhagen.
“It was much closer to what the score suggests,” said Team Vitality captain Dan “apEX” Madesclaire after his team lifted the trophy and cashed in on the USD 500,000 grand prize. “We had some rough points but the goal was to stay calm together and we played some good Counter-Strike. We will now keep going for the New Year.”
“To be able to win two major trophies in a row is the best feel you can have. I’m speechless to have won the BLAST Premier World Find. There was a lot of people in the Etihad Arena and there was a good atmosphere and it was great to see so many people enjoy the show.”
The tournament was organized by esports organizer BLAST in partnership with AD Gaming, an Abu Dhabi government gaming initiative to attract esports to the country.
Along with the main attraction, the event also featured the BLAST Zone, where attendees could participate in tournaments to win a share of the AED 40,000 prize pool, a VP part with the latest tech and games, an arcade section equipped with old and new generation consoles, racing simulators and more. It also hosted the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang MENA Community competition, where the top 16 teams went head-to-head for the champion’s trophy.
“When we started planning for the BLAST Premier World Final 2023, our intention was to always raise the bar even higher following our success in 2022 and we’re thrilled to have achieved that goal,” said Andrew Haworth, programme director of BLAST Premier World Final. “As a leading global esports tournament organizer, we are determined to inspire new people and increase the popularity of gaming and esports in all corners of the global [sic] and along with the government investing significantly in the industry, this all bodes well for the sector which will only go from strength to strength.”