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Dota 2 fans outraged by Pro Circuit and Midas Mode 2 event clash

Published: 11/Sep/2019 17:50 Updated: 11/Sep/2019 18:55

by Scott Robertson

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After the culmination of The International 2019, Dota 2 fans have been patiently waiting for more information regarding the upcoming Dota Pro Circuit. On September 10, Valve announced the rules of and changes to the circuit that leads into next year’s International, but that announcement came with a major complication.

Midas Mode 2 is an upcoming Dota 2 tournament being organized by Moonduck.tv, which Slacks is a founding member of. The dates were finalized for September 24 – October 2nd, and this finalization came after numerous date changes in the past.

Moonduck.tvPromotional image for Midas Mode 2

The tournament features a unique format, as each team is given an amount of currency called Moonbucks, and they have to use this currency to pick and ban certain heroes, pick sides of the map, and even pause. 

This gives teams an out-of-game economy that they have to manage throughout the tournament, complete with a stock market and bounty system to help them manage their Moonbucks.

But now plans may have to be changed yet again, as Valve announced a new streamlined qualifier system for the majors and minors of the DPC, and this first qualifier is set to take place between September 30 – October 5.

The community has not responded well to this conflict, suggesting that at best, Valve doesn’t care about lower-tier tournaments, or at worse, deliberately scheduled the qualifier for the same time.

At the time of writing this, 1:25 PM EST on September 11, a post on the Dota 2 subreddit titled “Petition to change Qualifier dates to not destroy Midas Mode” has a reddit score of over 5000. The subreddit also has several posts at the top of its page outlining why Valve should be supporting tournament like Midas Mode 2 rather than sabotaging them.

SirActionSlacks is clearly not pleased with the conflicting dates either, especially after having to change dates a couple of times already. Slacks had already secured numerous sponsors for the event, a venue in Denver, Colorado, and a $150k prize pool. 

He also doesn’t want to let down supporters and fans who have contributed to an IndieGogo campaign that raised $15k and allowed backers to customize items and heroes that will appear in the tournament.

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ESL and DreamHack get dedicated TV coverage in SPORT1 deal

Published: 28/Oct/2020 9:51 Updated: 28/Oct/2020 10:43

by Adam Fitch

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ESL Gaming have expanded their partnership with German television channel SPORT1 to broadcast Dota 2, StarCraft II, and other titles.

Starting on November 3rd, both ESL and DreamHack will have some of their tournaments broadcast on eSportsONE, a new esports-focused linear TV channel, through the renewed deal.

SPORT1 will serve as the exclusive TV partner of ESL’s Dota 2 tournaments, effectively making the channel one of the main broadcasters for some of the organizer’s flagship events like ESL One Birmingham, ESL One Hamburg, and ESL One Los Angeles.

eSportsONE will also broadcast the ESL Pro Tour for both StarCraft II and WarCraft III in Germany, as well as events for NBA 2K and Rocket League.

ESL One Hamburg SPORT1
Bart Oerbekke/ESL
ESL One Hamburg is a fan favorite Dota 2 event.

An emphasis is also to be placed on “exclusive, original produced analysis” that will account for over 1,000 hours of TV per year alongside events.

Media rights deals are common in traditional sports, with the highest percentage of revenue for many sports actually coming through transactions with television channels. Esports are not on that same level yet but this type of partnership has become more prominent and expected in the past couple of years.

“Having seen the success of eSPORTS1 in German-speaking countries, we are excited to join forces with long-term partner SPORT1 for the rollout of the linear channel eSportsONE across Europe,” said Frank Uddo, ESL’s SVP of global media. “ESL aims to serve the esports community all across Europe, and eSportsONE’s comprehensive and versatile portfolio makes it a great option to view premium esports content.”

With events moving online in the first quarter of 2020, and there being no end in sight at the time of writing, eSportsONE will have a lot of content to choose from.

ESL One Dota 2 tournaments have typically been split up into regions, with China, Europe & CIS, North America, South America, and Southeast Asia all having their own competitions and winners. ESL One Germany is currently ongoing but will end before this new deal comes into effect.