Singapore’s first Dota 2 Major comes from a Singapore-based organization.
ONE Esports World Pro Invitational Singapore’s main event hasn’t even started yet, but the organizers have already announced their next Dota 2 event. ONE Esports will return to Singapore on June 20 to 28, this time as an official Dota Pro Circuit Major.
ONE Esports might be a relative newcomer to the scene, but their parent organization ONE Championship is a global force in mixed martial arts. The Singapore-based promotion is Asia’s largest global sports media property. Perhaps it’s no surprise that ONE Esports have benefited from the experience and fame of their predecessor, for the Singapore Major is just ONE’s third Dota 2 and fourth esports event overall.
Fans can catch a sneak preview of the Singapore Major with the currently ongoing World Pro Invitational. Both tournaments will share the same organizer, broadcaster, and location. PGL Esports, having done events like The International, will be the official broadcaster of the Major held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
The ongoing World Pro Invitational will surely be a litmus test of what ONE Esports is capable of. It’s hard to bet against them considering the pedigree of their brand and their extensive experience in organizing live events for a fan base perhaps even more rabid than Dota 2’s community.
Its status as an official DPC Major means that $1 million and 15,000 DPC points will be up for grabs, a hefty upgrade from the World Pro Invitational’s $500,000 prize pool.
The Singapore Major will be the last event of the 2019-20 DPC. If history plays out like it did at the EPICENTER Major, the Singapore Major will play host to several teams looking to make their last stand before The International. While it’s exciting to watch the top teams play, the most high-stakes matches will be the ones deciding who books their tickets to TI10.
ONE is investing full-force into competitive video games and they are certainly aren’t playing around. All of a sudden, Singapore will play host to two massive Dota 2 events within six months of each other. It’s early days yet, but Singapore’s fame as a tourist destination could be further enhanced with esports. Still, I will be watching the World Pro Invitational closely before deciding on buying tickets for the Singapore Major. It’s always nice to see more organizers entering the scene as it bodes well for the longevity and continued sustenance of Dota 2 esports.
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