The prime minister of Denmark kicked off the opening of the BLAST Pro Series Counter-Strike: Global Offensive match this weekend, congratulating the opponents and calling them “true sportsmen.”
Prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen spoke to the Counter-Strike gamers earlier than a capability crowd of 12,000 gathered at Copenhagen’s Royal Arena, and he made his regard for esports athletes clear in no unsure phrases.
“You have been training for years and years to be where you are. And along the way, you have probably had to explain yourselves more than once, convincing people that you were not wasting your time,” Rasmussen mentioned. “But now I hope your explaining days are over, because you are sportsmen. You are truly sportsmen following your dreams, and using your talents.”
“You are e-gaming pioneers,” he mentioned, as the gang cheered.
The prime minister acknowledged that he didn’t know a lot about Counter-Strike or the game’s explicit vernacular, however he mentioned Counter-Strike is a unifying power.
“It’s also an including world that brings people together, across countries, continents, and origins,” Rasmussen mentioned. “In this way, you are an inspiration for the world of tomorrow.”
You can watch Rasmussen’s full remarks right here:
Ukraine’s Natus Vincere went on to win the match’s first-place prize of $125,000, with Ninjas in Pyjamas inserting second ($50,000), Astralis taking third ($25,000) and FaZe Clan ending in fourth ($15,000).
The subsequent match within the sequence will happen in Lisbon, Portugal December 14-15.