10 January 2018
International EPICENTER Dota 2 tournament with $1,000,000 prize pool to be held in Moscow from April 27 to May 6.
Epic Esports Events will hold the final stage of the tournament in Moscow from April 27 to May 6. At EPICENTER XL, teams will compete for a prize pool of $1,000,000. This is the largest prize pool in the history of single-discipline esports events held in Russia.
EPICENTER XL Moscow will also be the first-ever Russian-hosted esports tournament to hold Major status. Valve will provide support for the event, and the winning teams of EPICENTER XL in Dota 2 will earn qualification points, which count towards their chances of receiving a direct invite to The International 2018.
The playoff stage of the tournament will be held at Moscow’s VTB Ice Palace sports arena on May 4–6. Once again, Epic Esports Events will organize a majestic show and a large number of activities for spectators coming to see the world’s strongest esports squads in play.
Starting January 20, open and closed qualifiers for EPIСENTER XL will be held in the following regions: CIS, Europe, North America, South America, China, and South-East Asia. A total of 12 of the world’s best teams will be eligible for the LAN finals in Moscow, via both the qualifiers and direct invites. Two of the participating teams are already known: one is Team Liquid, two-time EPICENTER XL winners and current world champions; the other is Virtus.pro.
Registration forms for regional open qualifiers and details about the tournament are available at the following links:
The nationwide mobile carrier Yota traditionally will be title partner of the tournament.
Yota was among the first Russian brand to actively support esports as it joined the EPICENTER project in 2016. Four EPICENTER tournaments, in Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, have already been organized in partnership with the mobile carrier in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. The company’s products with a basis in an unlimited mobile 4G internet and SIM cards for smartphones and tablets with Russia-wide access free of roaming fees, will allow all fans to watch the tournament from virtually anywhere in the country.
Epic Esports Events specializes in organizing international competitions, and was the organizer for the EPICENTER Dota 2 and CS:GO tournaments held in Moscow and St. Petersburg in 2016–17. Over 24 million viewers around the world followed the first EPICENTER: Moscow tournament. At Europe’s leading EuBEA awards in 2016, that tournament got the prize for the best event in Europe in the Live Entertainment industry.
The second EPICENTER: Moscow, Russia’s first world-class CS:GO tournament, received ample coverage in domestic as well as international media. The finals the EPICENTER: St. Petersburg CS:GO tournament in October 2017 were attended by over 12 thousand spectators, and the total number of online viewers exceeded 30 million.
ESforce Holding is one of the world’s largest esports organizations, and the leader in electronic sports in Russia. ESforce is a holding company that integrates all key areas of the esports business, from organizing international tournaments and professional content creation to publishing and advertising activities, as well as online retail sales of esports-themed merchandise.
ESforce owns over 220 popular online resources with a combined audience of 12 million followers and 114 million annual unique visitors, which provide a 90-percent reach to esports broadcast viewers in Russia and the CIS, as well as access to a significant share of relevant international audiences.
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