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Leading esports tournament organiser BLAST Premier and online bookmaker Betway have announced a two-year extension of their partnership – taking the deal up until the end of the 2023 season.

Both brands will continue to create fan-favourite playable custom maps that challenge players and fans to compete on a global leaderboard, which have become a popular part of the partnership over the last 12 months. Furthermore, Betway branding will be shown across all seven of BLAST Premier’s events in 2022, including broadcast content integration, social giveaways and fan-led activations.

The online bookmaker will also own the ‘Power Picks Prediction’ segment, which will feature on BLAST Premier’s global broadcast during the tournament.

Betway are ingrained in the BLAST Premier tournament circuit and wider Counter-Strike scene, with the online bookmaker owning a strong presence in the industry through partnerships with BLAST and other leading esports organisations such as NIP, BIG and G2 Esports, along with an unwavering commitment to all forms of CS:GO.

The announcement signifies the third deal BLAST has renewed in recent weeks, following Coinbase, EPOS and CS.MONEY, as the tournament organiser continues to increase the value of its global partnership portfolio in line with future growth plans for 2022 and beyond.

Oliver Clarke, Head of Brand Partnerships at BLAST, said: “We’re thrilled that Betway have committed to another two years with BLAST Premier, taking our partnership into a fifth year. It highlights the symbiotic relationship we’ve built over this time, with Betway playing an integral role in the BLAST Premier experience.

“Their unwavering support for esports and Counter-Strike in recent times is hugely commendable. We’re really looking forward to continuing to work closely with them to elevate the partnership further over the next two years, with added focus on premium content and fan-led experiences. ”

Adam Savinson, on behalf of esports at Betway, said: “Over the past three years, we have worked incredibly hard with the team at BLAST to create an innovative and synonymous partnership which leads the market within the esports sector. It brings me great joy to announce our renewal, and I look forward to taking our already successful partnership to even greater heights.”

BLAST Premier is the world’s leading Counter-Strike tournament series, hosting the best players and teams, offering opportunities to regions across the globe and crowning the world champions of CS:GO. Up to 32 of the world’s best teams take part in the seven BLAST Premier events across the year with a combined prize pool of $2,475,000 on the line.

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