In February, 2019, Asia will see even more Dota 2 events, with the return of the Mars Media’s Dota 2 Circuit. With a hefty prize pool worth $300,000, the event will whip up excitement from across the region and gather top competitors in Macau.
$300,000 Dota 2 Mars Media Circuit Back in Macau
Mars Media will be staging a Dota 2 Circuit in Macau, come February 2019. The Mars Dota 2 League Series have been known throughout the region for the quality of their execution and the ability to attract top competitive talent.
With the news breaking on Mars’ Facebook earlier this week, the prize pool for the upcoming competition is definitely not a negligible sum, with $300,000 on the line. Six teams have been invited to face off against the winners of the Dota 2 Professional League Season 6, which is hosted and run by Mars.
Meanwhile, the event will also feature two teams who have managed to prove themselves throughout the Chinese qualifier.
With the dates already set for February 20 through February 24, this is the first time that Mars Media has considered running its tournaments in the same venue twice since the championship started back in 2014. Since then, the company has held different competitions in various locations, including:
In its four-year history of Dota 2 organizer, Mars Media has managed to forward estimated $3 million in cash prizes, a significant amount for any organization involved in hosting esports competitions.
The Changing Asian Landscape and Popularity of Esports
Asia has been steadily shifting as the new top destination for competitive video gaming, with the sports developing in several countries at a rapid pace:
- The Philippines
Meanwhile, Japan’s own esports industry has grown 13 times in 2018, worth a total of $42 million, and further expansions planned along the way. Australia is pushing strongly in favor of collegiate and high-school esports, with similar initiatives beginning to shape up in South Korea.
China will play host of two important Dota 2 events in 2019, including the controversial Chongqing Major, which was <a TNC Predator's player KuKu be ousted of the race by Valve, the organizers and the Chinese community.
Later in 2019, China will also play host to The International Dota 2 Championship, reuniting the world’s top teams.
Even though the Mars Media Macau gig won’t be part of the Dota 2 Pro Circuit, as in its past edition, the competition promises to reunite a top crop of talent and pit everyone in a fight for the $300,000 cash prize.
Asian competitions have been gaining much traction. Organizations such as Paris Saint-Germain, a soccer team have partnered with Chinese powerhouses such as LGD. The Mercedes-Benz arena in Shanghai is also the result of an expanding partnership to the east.
In Malaysia, the government and Razer, the gamer’s lifestyle brand, vowed nearly $5 million in esports investment for 2019.