While all global sports were halted and major sporting event organisers stood in fear of their losses though cancellation, the BFL started another prominent project — the Baltic Cyberfutsal League. Cybersport is evidently not a novelty in 2020, but Baltic Futsal Marketing still managed to surprise with the first in the world official cyberfutsal tournament in FIFA 20 Volta mode.
The official season had been preceded by three test promo tournaments with more than 20 current players of the Baltic Futsal League. Two of the pre-tournaments had been won by Alexander Vtorushin of FC Cosmos (Tallinn), and the third — by Artem Komashko of AGIO FM (St. Petersburg).
While in the promo tournaments every participant played chiefly on his own behalf, the major prize of the official Baltic Cyberfutsal League competition was secured for a winning team, and AGIO FM and Cosmos were believed to secure it most likely.
First Baltic Cyberfutsal League Promo Tournament Champion Alexander Vtorushin, FC Cosmos, shares his opinion on the competition:
— I had no experience, for I had practiced regular football in the FIFA game before, and futsal was a novelty. But still I coped with it and succeeded. The tournament was a great experience, though there is something to improve in techniques. Beating Metelitsa was the toughest challenge: we face each other offline, and had to compete here, too. The whole Cosmos team supported me, and I am happy to win. I will get ready for the second promo tournament and the League. Now I am waiting for the opportunity to show my performance live.”
The prizes of the Baltic Cyberfutsal Futsal are worth special description. The top three teams — AGIO FM, TKF Rezekne and Narva UTD FC — have won balls by Select company, Baltic Futsal League training bibs and coaching pads, while single prize winners — Nikolay Frolov (AGIO FM), Alexander Vtorushin (FC Cosmos) and Ņikita Jelagovs (TKF Rezekne) — have got a customized gamepad, a FIFA 21 copy (as released) and Play Station Plus subscription, respectively.
The tournament has been approved by both participants and spectators, and arranging for the second season, with account taken of the first experience, is just a matter of time.