NewsExciting Debut: Qatar to Host Multi-Million Dollar Dota 2 Series This Year

Exciting Debut: Qatar to Host Multi-Million Dollar Dota 2 Series This Year

A new era has dawned in the world of competitive Dota with the emergence of third-party operators taking charge in the absence of Valve’s Dota 2 Pro Circuit. Leading the charge is the partnership between Peruvian production organization ESB and the Qatar Esports Federation (QESF), set to bring forth a series of multi-tournaments spanning two countries in 2024.

The collaboration between ESB and QESF is set to inject a staggering $2.6 million USD into the 2024 Dota 2 calendar, with plans for a total of five offline tournaments to be held in Doha and Lima. Doha is slated to host two events, including a “LAN event” and an “Arena LAN event” in April and November respectively, while Lima will take the stage in August and July.

The road to qualification for these tournaments is shrouded in mystery for now, but 10 teams from various regions around the globe are expected to compete in each event, as per the official press release. ESB’s long-standing ambition to establish such a circuit has finally come to fruition through its partnership with QESF, setting up its international headquarters in Doha for upcoming operations.

Gonzalo Velasco, CEO of ESB, emphasized the importance of innovation and community-building in the Dota 2 and esports ecosystem, highlighting the significance of catering to all levels of competition. QESF’s general secretary, Faisal Khalid, expressed similar sentiments, stating that the collaboration with ESB marks the beginning of a progressive journey to elevate esports on a global scale, particularly in the Middle East.

Among a plethora of third-party events, the ESB and QESF series is a notable addition to the esports landscape, reminiscent of the ESL Pro Tour that emerged following the demise of Valve’s DPC in 2023. Like the ESL Pro Tour, which enjoys the backing of the Saudi Public Investment Fund and Savvy Gaming Group, the QESF-led initiative is supported by the royal family of Qatar.

Despite the anticipation surrounding these upcoming events, details regarding logistics remain vague, prompting mixed reactions from fans. Criticisms have been raised regarding the decision to limit team participation to 10, with some sections of the Dota 2 community questioning the integrity of the venture as potential “sportswashing.”

As the esports world eagerly awaits further developments, Dot Esports has initiated communication with ESB and QESF for additional insights and commentary on this groundbreaking collaboration.

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