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$300,000 Dota 2 minor to be played in a surprising location

Published: 10/Oct/2019 18:18 Updated: 10/Oct/2019 18:41

by Scott Robertson

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WePlay! Have announced the dates and locations for the January Dota 2 minor that will take place before the subsequent major, as part of the Dota Pro Circuit. The location they’ve chosen is one that very few people expected.

As the post-The International 9 roster shuffle is wrapping up, and the concurrent short offseason is coming to a close, more and more details about upcoming DPC events are coming out.

WePlay! is an esports platform and tournament organizer that’s hosted events for League of Legends, CS:GO, World of Tanks, and Dota 2. They’ve hosted Dota 2 events for a few years now, and are now getting their first crack at hosting a DPC event. For the January 2020 minor, they’ve picked a unique and unexpected locale to host the $300,000 tournament: a mountaintop ski resort.

In January of next year, WePlay! will host the Bukovel Minor 2020 at the Bukovel ski resort in the Carpathian Mountains in Ukraine. Bukovel is the largest ski resort in Eastern Europe, with 540 acres of skiable area, and a lift system that can transport 30,000 passengers per hour.

The tournament participants will be playing at high elevation, roughly 3000 feet (900 meters) above sea level. The minor will consist of eight teams from six regions: North and South America, CIS, Europe, China, and Southeast Asia. 660 DPC points will be on the line, as all minors will be, as well as $300,000 and a spot at the following January major. The details and location of that major have not been announced yet.

Ukraine TravelerThe Bukovel ski resort in Ukraine, home of the Bukovel minor

But fans will not have to wait that long for Dota Pro Circuit action. In November, The Summit will host the DOTA Summit 11 minor, and Mars Dota 2 League will host the Chengdu major. While a small handful of top tier teams will be skipping the Chengdu major, the first DPC major will still feature a highly competitive field, as several organizations such as Alliance, Evil Geniuses, and Team Liquid will be debuting new lineups.

The Bukovel minor qualifiers will begin in December, and like other minors and majors in the DPC system, the tournament will follow a double-elimination bracket format after a group stage.

WePlay! released an official announcement on their website on October 10, which included a delightful Dota 2-themed parody of the holiday carol “Let it Snow.” 

WePlay! hosted the Reshuffle Madness event in September right after TI9, a tropical paradise-themed event that is drastically different from their upcoming mountain ski resort-held tournament.

In the Reddit thread announcement of the Bukovel minor, WePlay! revealed there will “soon be more” Madness series events. In that thread, they also promised to continue producing tier 2 and tier 3 Dota 2 events and said they will announce open qualifier registration as soon as possible.

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Exclusive: Dota 2 legends OG bring Asian bookmakers Fun88 into esports

Published: 17/Nov/2020 7:59 Updated: 20/Nov/2020 14:15

by Adam Fitch

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Fun88, the Asian bookmakers who sponsor football club Newcastle United, have entered esports through a deal with OG.

The two-time champions of The International, the best-paying tournament series in esports, have signed a multi-year partnership with the betting company.

The partnership will see Fun88 work with the organization to “bring fans closer to the Dota 2 action” through community interactions and “pre-play, real-time, and post-match insights.”

The bookmakers will also have their logo shown on the shoulder of jerseys worn by the legendary Dota 2 players.

OG N0tail The International 2019
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OG are the defending The International champions.

OG’s well-known roster includes Johan ‘N0tail’ Sundsteni, Martin ‘Saksa’ Sazdov, Sébastien ‘Ceb’ Debs, Topias ‘Topson’ Taavitsainen, and Yeik ‘MidOne’ Nai Zheng.

They are the current defending world champions having won The International in both 2018 and 2019, with this year’s iteration of the tournament being delayed due to the global health situation.

“OG Esports’ legacy and story in Dota is one of the most legendary stories in esports and, because of this, we have been able to break into the mainstream and our story has been documented in many mediums — articles, magazines, and several documentaries,” JMR Luna, CEO of OG, told Dexerto. “Following this trajectory, OG has become the breach for new non-endemic companies that want to break into this space.”

“Fun88 have a great track record and have really invested in traditional sports, this is the next step for them as they recognize that some of the biggest competitions in the world right now are happening behind screens,” he continued. “This is a great moment for esports because we’re welcoming a new massive brand into our ecosystem which ultimately benefits everyone. We’ve worked really hard to make this happen and we’re happy we can finally announce it.”

Outside of esports, Fun88 have worked with late basketball icon Kobe Bryant and football club Tottenham Hotspur. In July 2020, they extended their sponsorship deal with Newcastle United for an undisclosed period of time.

Betting sponsors may not be new in esports, but this is the first rodeo for Fun88.