Dota 2 continues to develop. As the Kuala Lumpur Major has just wrapped up, new Minor Events, part of the professional Dota Pro Circuit, have been announced
In the Wake of Kuala Lumpur – Two Dota 2 Minors
Following the intense 11-day tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Dota 2 is getting more Minor Events along its professional pro circuit, which will allow aspiring teams to break into the competitive scene and carve a name for themselves. It’s not going to be easy, for sure, with Virtus.Pro and the rest of the Major teams dismantling all opposition, but in the very least – aspiring pros will not be in any shortage of opportunities.
— Toby Dawson (@TobiWanDOTA) November 17, 2018
The first half of the competitive 2018/2019 season will see a Minor hosted in Croatia from April 22 through April 28 and then another one hosted in Ukraine by StarLadder, from June 10 through June 16. The two events complement the Dota circuit, revealing almost the full list of events. Just one Minor remains unannounced, but the good news is that players already can start working on arranging their visas and schedule travelling plans.
Although the unknown minor has not been announced, reports have surfaced that it would most likely run ahead of one of the majors, at the beginning of March.
The Minors, Majors, and the Crowds
With so many events returning to the pro circuit, it’s easy to find a way to either attend or watch the games for yourself. However, live audience wasn’t so great at the Kuala Lumpur, perhaps occasioned by pricey tickets. Even Tobiwan, a popular caster in the Dota 2 community, tweeted that the crowd in Kuala Lumpur was a bit on the thin side.
However, the European huts promise to be full of excitement and deliver fans with outstanding opportunities to attend in person. The Bucharest and Stockholm Minors are going to be exclusively offline affairs, with fans from the regions flocking to attend.
— StarLadder Dota 2 (@StarLadderDota2) October 23, 2018
Now, hosts are trying to experiment with monetizing from the events, whether through the sale of tickets, merchandise, or broadcasting rights. It’s not been easy for streamers to show the events, given the hefty prizes to buy a slot, too, although the official channels have always been the most populated in any event.
Another suggestion is to have Minors held behind closed doors, letting teams compete between each other, with just the results being announced at the end. This way, funding can be dedicated to the majors, which is not an entirely bad idea, although it would deprive fans from an opportunity to follow every step of their teams’ progress.
Valve have not taken an active stance on the Minors, in a sense leaving it up to the organizations willing to host these events to deal with them. StarLadder is now having quite a bit on its plate, hosting both a Minor and a Major in the 2018/2019 season.
While it would be a good idea to see Minor Events on the screen, it may be worth relocating funds to the Majors instead.