Fortress will host one of Australia's largest CS:GO tournaments. (Photo: Fortress/Supplied)

Melbourne gaming venue Fortress will become host to a BLAST Premier event, one of the nation's biggest Counter Strike tournaments.

Australia’s largest video games venue, Fortress, is bringing the world’s most famous esports circuit to Australia. As an official Host Partner, the games and entertainment powerhouse will organise OCE’s first-ever Regional BLAST Premier Qualifier Event in 2022.

Fortress OCE Masters – A BLAST Regional Qualifier will culminate in OCE’s top four teams flying to Melbourne to compete in a LAN Final, held in front of a live audience in Alienware Arena – the largest fixed esports venue of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

Hosting the first ever Regional Qualifier, Fortress is offering OCE teams the chance to fight for a spot in the BLAST Premier Fall Showdown and from there, the World Final and one of the hardest trophies to win in Counter Strike: Global Offensive.

The best teams from across the globe will take part in the seven BLAST Premier events across the year with a combined prize pool of $2,475,000 USD on the line.

“We’re very excited to be partnering with BLAST, one of the world’s premier esports companies who are known for their groundbreaking events and best-in-class production,” Fortress COO Mads Brown said.

“2022 will be a massive year for esports in Australia as we present the Fortress OCE Masters, bringing a Blast Premier Qualifier to Oceania and giving gamers in the region the chance to qualify to play on the global BLAST stage.

“We’re looking forward to flexing our state-of-the-art production capabilities with our live grand finals.”

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Fortress holds weekly events including trivia nights and Dungeons and Dragons community sessions.

It also hosts its own in house tournament for a number of different video games, with a 200-seat esports arena for larger tournaments.

“We are delighted to be teaming up with Fortress,” VP Distribution, Alexander Lewin said.

“As Australia’s home of games, with an exciting portfolio of activities and ventures, Fortress is the perfect partner to bring BLAST Premier to our fans down under and to a wider Australian audience.

“We are very much looking forward to seeing BLAST’s Australian qualifiers being played out of their state-of-the-art venue.”

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