Calyx Dune Cup returns with Fall Edition to offer Counter-Strike teams in the MENA region a chance to compete at the BLAST Premier Fall Showdown 2021, Calyx has announced.
Dune Cup Fall Edition will take place on August 26-28 August as a part of BLAST Premier’s expanded Qualifier Series, which spans more than 60 countries and over five continents, allowing teams all over the world an opportunity to put themselves on equal footing with Tier 1 teams in one of the most anticipated BLAST tournament of the year.
Through a system of regional competitions accessible to hundreds of teams via open qualifiers, the BLAST Premier Qualifying Series is set across a number of events and will directly involve 64 teams in the finals. Winners of each of these events will earn a place in the Fall Showdown along with a $25,000 participation fee for each team to invest into growing and developing their organizations. In the last edition alone, $175,000 was given out to winning teams from all regional qualifiers.
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The winning team from each of these regional qualifying events will not only earn a spot in October’s Fall Showdown but also a chance of claiming part of the $162,500 prize pool, with the ultimate aim of reaching the Fall Final and World Final.
As part of the Calyx Dune Cup Fall Edition, four teams will receive direct invites and will be joined by two winners from each of the GCC and Levant & North Africa Open Qualifiers. These eight teams will then lock horns in the Fall Showdown for the honor of representing the Middle East on a global stage against the finest CS:GO teams in the world. NASR Esports, the defending Dune Cup winners, will return as an invited team for a new set of challenges and a second chance to represent the Middle East in the BLAST Premier Fall Showdown.
Andrew Haworth, Commissioner for BLAST Premier, said: “We are delighted to welcome back the Dune Cup for the Fall Season after Calyx’s successful hosting of the Spring Qualifier back in March. The MENA region is a hugely exciting region with a promising future and ever growing talented pool of players – it’s important for BLAST Premier and Counter-Strike to continue to offer teams in this region the opportunity to perform on a global stage so the scene can continue to prosper in the coming years.”
Aravind Swaminathan, Co-Founder of Calyx said, “We are extremely thrilled to partner up with StreamCards and IMG Worlds of Adventure. As Calyx, our motto has always been to raise the bar higher and higher with every tournament in the MENA region, from a technological aspect as well as the viewer’s aspect. This partnership is another step towards making the esports landscape a much more engaging and fun experience. Our partnerships with StreamCards and IMG Worlds of Adventure is a right step towards endemic and non-endemic brands joining hands with esports which will help to drive the growth of esports in the region and also bolster its economy.”
Dune Cup Fall Edition, A BLAST Premier Qualifier will be streamed live on Twitch and YouTube from August 26-28.