BLAST promotes Leo Matlock to Chief Business Officer

BLAST promotes Leo Matlock to Chief Business Officer

Image credit: BLAST, Michal Konkol

Esports tournament organiser BLAST has promoted its Managing Director of Development, Leo Matlock, to the role of Chief Business Officer (CBO).

He moves into the position having spent the last five years at BLAST.

Matlock first joined BLAST in September 2018 as its Head of Commercial Solutions and Strategy before becoming its Commercial Director a year later. He since worked as the company’s Managing Director of Development and Vice President of Commercial before securing his new role as CBO.

The announcement comes soon after BLAST also promoted Joe Lovelace, previously Senior Public Relations Manager, to its Head of Communications position.

In a LinkedIn post, Matlock spoke about being proud to have been awarded the position, adding that he is “particularly excited to bring together our work across commercial, business development and publisher partnerships into one new unit with a fantastic team of people and partners, who I know will further develop our already great work as industry leaders.

“Esports and gaming never sits still – and neither will we – so stay tuned.”

The personnel developments continue to highlight what is a big year for BLAST. In May, the organiser hosted Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s last-ever major, which the company also used to promote its viewership platform.

More recently, BLAST Premier, a Counter-Strike league run by BLAST, announced a partnership with esports data platform Shikenso Analytics.

BLAST is also looking ahead to 2024 having opened bids for host locations for ‘over five’ of its major tournaments, including those for BLAST Premier and Rainbow Six Siege circuit BLAST R6. As part of the announcement, the company revealed that 2023’s tournaments brought an ‘economic impact’ of more than €22m (~£19m) to its host locations while more than 60% of attendees had travelled from outside the host cities.

Lee Jones

Full Story »


Leave a Comment

The reCAPTCHA verification period has expired. Please reload the page.

More in News

Oil protest disrupts Tekken 7 tournament at EGX, sparks online backlash

While two of the best British Tekken 7 players were ...

Katsumi leaves VALORANT Game Changers to pursue mixed-roster Challengers qualification

One of the most accomplished players from the North American ...

Everything announced in Minecraft Live, from Star Wars DLC to mob vote winner

Minecraft Live, developer Mojang's annual livestream celebration of Minecraft, has ...

TFT player leads the pack for esports streamers across mid-2023

Many esports competitors’ footprint extends beyond tournaments or qualifiers, with ...

The Van Gogh Museum will not restock that Pokémon card amid safety concerns

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has confirmed that it ...

Trending on Esport Chronicle

Top 8 video game anime of all time

Video games and anime have been intertwined since the early ...

Illari is ‘not overpowered’ but is still getting nerfed, Overwatch dev says

One week after the start of Overwatch 2 season six, ...

Steam’s Next Fest is back with more dev streams and “hundreds” of demos

Steam's Next Fest has returned for another week-long showcase of ...

You up, MW3? CoD players are texting some odd things to an Activision phone number

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was confirmed today and ...

IESF set to lift restrictions on Russian players, says Russian Esports Federation

Image credit: International Esports Federation (IESF) via Twitter (X) The ...