EPICENTER: Moscow - Details and qualifiers


Details released on the setup of EPICENTER: Moscow, an international eSports tournament in Dota 2

Key details have been released concerning the EPICENTER: Moscow Dota 2 tournament, the largest eSports event in the CIS. Ten of the strongest teams will take part in the tournament, with 6 invitation slots and 4 slots going to qualifier winners. The first open qualifier will be held on April 21–23, and the second one a week later, April 28–30. The first open qualifier will bring together teams from the CIS, America and SEA, during the second open qualifier CIS teams will be replaced by European. Also open qualifiers will be held in China. 

During the closed qualifiers from 6 to 14 May in each region, six invited teams and two open qualifier winners will be playing in double elimination brackets. 

The group stage will be held on June 4–7. In it, the ten teams will be split into two groups using a round-robin match system. The two best teams will advance directly to the semifinals, while the 2nd and 3rd places will play in the quarterfinals of the playoff stage, which is due to be held on June 9–11 at the VTB Ice Palace sports arena.

The principle of distribution of the prize fund during EPICENTER: Moscow will be as follows: 

1st place: $250,000
2nd place: $100,000 
3rd&4th place: $40,000 
5th&6th place: $20,000 
7th&8th place: $10,000
9th&10th place: $5,000

Tickets to the EPICENTER: Moscow finals will go on sale in April. Details about the tournament are available at its official website, http://epicenter.gg.


Epic Esports Events specializes in organizing international competitions, and was the organizer for the EPICENTER: Moscow Dota 2 tournament held in May 2016. The first EPICENTER: Moscow tournament was followed by over 24 million viewers worldwide.

At Europe’s leading EuBEA awards in 2016, the tournament got the prize for the best event in Europe in the Live Entertainment industry. A total of 1,000 applications for the awards had been entered in 21 nominations, with 114 events shortlisted. 

The second EPICENTER: Moscow, Russia’s first world-class CS:GO tournament, received ample coverage in domestic as well as international media. The finals were broadcast on the nationwide Match TV channel, and gathered over 14 million online views.


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 180 popular online resources with a combined audience of 15 million followers and 40 million annual unique visitors, which provide an 80-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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