ESL has declared they’re facilitating a Dota 2 Major in Birmingham this May, the first run through a competition of this scale for the amusement will occur in the UK.
The ESL One will be held at Arena Birmingham between 25-27th May 2018, which will see twelve world-class Dota 2 groups fight it out for an offer of 1,500 qualifying focuses for The International 8, alongside a prize pool of $1 million (£719,100). Six of the groups included will be welcome to take an interest, while the other six openings will be chosen through online qualifiers open to groups in North America, South America, Europe, CIS, Southeast Asia and China.
Birmingham has beforehand facilitated other sizeable esports occasions, including ESL Arena at EGX 2017 which saw 80,000 gamers run to the Birmingham NEC for competitions crosswise over League Of Legends to Counter Strike: Global Offensive.
ESL One Birmingham
Announcing #ESLOne Birmingham – the first Dota 2 Major in the UK!
— ESL Dota2 (@ESLDota2) March 13, 2018
James Dean, managing director at ESL UK, stated the tournament is an opportunity for fans of Dota to rejoin and celebrate in the UK, saying: ‘What this really presents is an amazing opportunity for a community meet-up. ‘In esports, the viewing experience is largely better at home.
“We are thrilled to have been selected to host such a prestigious event for Dota 2,” said Ian Congdon, Head of Venue Sales – Arena, NEC Group. “Our award-winning Arena Birmingham is one of the busiest and most well-connected large-scale indoor venues in Europe. With our unique canal-side location, in one of the UK’s most vibrant cities, it’s the perfect place to bring the gaming community together.”