During the last year, RFRSH has become one of the most powerful figures in the world of eSports. Characterizing themselves as eSports agency, RFRSH quickly became one of the most important factors in the world of eSports and particularity in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competitions. One of the most successful parts of their work is securing sponsorship deals for the teams that they currently own.
Because of that business, RFRSH became the biggest eSports agency when it comes to advertising and sponsorship deals. However, the business model of this agency is not ending there because they have announced their plans for expanding into the field of tournament organization.
Today, RFRSH announced that they will be hosting a BLAST Pro Series Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament that will be played in November. The agency announced that the tournament will be played in Copenhagen, Denmark, and that the venue for the competition will be Royal Arena, a venue that has been built recently and that can be used for many different sports.
RFRSH has also announced that the format of the competition will feature several matches being played at the same time with screens being located all around the arena that will be used to stream the matches played at that moment. However, in that kind of atmosphere, it would be very hard to follow the matches because of the noise. RFRSH has found a solution for that problem as well, and each person who attends the tournament in the Royal Arena will receive a head set that will provide them with the opportunity to follow more than one match.
RFRSH has partnered with PGL and Anders Blume in order to organize this tournament, and since PGL is organizing the Krakow Major, we will have the opportunity to see how RFRSH’s tournament might look like in November. Besides that, RFRSH has also announced that the prize pool for this tournament will be $250,000 which has become a standard prize pool for big Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournaments.
The number of the teams that will be participating in this event is not confirmed yet but it does not seem that it will feature more than six teams and those six teams will most likely be directly invited to the tournament. RFRSH has been successful in all aspects of their business so far, and because of that, we are confident that this tournament will also be a success.
The Issue of Multi-team Ownership
A couple of weeks ago, news reports from the eSports world were filled with the conflict between RFRSH and WESA about the multi-team ownership. WESA does not allow this because of the possible conflict of interest. RFRSH is the current owner of Astralis, Heroic, and GODSENT and that has caused a lot of problems in the world of eSports.
Besides that, if any of those three teams gets invited to this tournament, it will mean that they will be playing in a tournament organized by the agency with which they have a direct financial relationship, which is a clear definition of the conflict of interest. The upcoming days will bring more information about this issue as well as new information about the tournament.