Esports Developer Reschedules Major Tournament
One of the biggest game developers in esports has made the decision to reschedule a highly anticipated tournament. Valve, the developer of Dota 2, announced on February 15 that the first $3 million Major of the year, scheduled to take place in Kiev, will now start on April 27 instead of April 20. Valve made this change in order to avoid conflicts with other tournaments.
Rescheduling likely due to Dota 2 Asian Championship
The decision to reschedule is most likely a response to the upcoming Dota 2 Asian Championship, organized by Perfect World, a Chinese games platform. This tournament is set to take place between March 28 to April 4, and its announcement came roughly one month after Valve announced the dates for the Kiev Major and the International 7, which is Dota 2’s flagship event.
Teams affected by the change
Many, if not all, of the teams expected to be invited to the Kiev Major will also participate in the Dota 2 Asian Championship. This means that these teams will have little time to practice or take a break before the original dates for the Major.
Impact on other tournaments
Although the Kiev Major is still two months away, the sudden rescheduling may have a negative impact on other tournaments in the Dota 2 circuit. For example, the MarsTV Dota League had already announced that the LAN finals of its fifth season would take place between May 10 to 14. With such a short gap between the conclusion of the Kiev Major and the start of the MarsTV event, teams may choose not to compete at the Chinese LAN event.
Valve’s decision to reschedule the Kiev Major has created some concerns and potential conflicts with other tournaments. However, their goal is to ensure that teams have enough time to prepare and compete at their best. These changes reflect the dynamic nature of the esports industry and the effort to accommodate the needs of players and organizers.
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