With around four months left before the start of one of the biggest eSports tournaments ever, Valve, company behind the tournament, has revealed the details about the regional qualifiers. This will feature teams from all over the world fighting for the placement that will secure them a spot at the main event. In the last three years the Dota 2 International has broken all the records when it comes to the prize pool, and to the number of spectators attending the competition as well as the number of spectators through some of the Internet streaming services.
The most recent update from Valve about the competition is dealing with the scheduling of closed qualifiers that will be held in different regions in the world. Interestingly, Valve has used the same approach to these regional qualifiers as the organizers of the Kiev Major that separated the region of Commonwealth of Independent States from the region of South America. Because of that, one representative of CIS and one representative from South America will be featured at the main event of the International 7. Since Valve is organizing both of these events, it is no wonder that they have decided to use the same format of the qualifiers when it comes to the regional qualifiers.
Closed Qualifiers Set For June
Valve has announced that the closed regional qualifiers will be held from June 26th to June 29th and it will be played on the same dates in all regions. However, Valve has not yet confirmed any details regarding the first stages to qualify for the International 7. It is expected that the details about the open qualifiers will be revealed very soon since they will probably take place somewhere around the final week of May or the start of June. Putting up this year’s edition of the Dota 2 International will be a challenging job just like it was the case with the last year’s tournament. However, the biggest challenge will be making the prize pool of this year’s International bigger than the previous year which Valve has said that it is their goal.
As a reminder, Dota 2 International 6 featured the prize pool of $19.8 million which was funded through crowdfunding, purchase of game related items and similar things. Because of that, it will be very interesting to see whether or not Valve will be able to collect even more money for the prize pool. However, those who are familiar with Valve, the International and the Dota 2 community say that it will be no problem for Valve to break the $20 million limit for the prize pool at this year’s tournament.
Because of that, it is no wonder that even four months before the start of the tournament eSports community has gone mad about this tournament. All tournaments that will be held before the International 7, starting with the Kiev Major from April 24th to April 30th, will be characterized by the teams that are preparing for the biggest eSports tournaments in history.