Dota 2 Singapore Major Will Happen In-Person, But With No Audience

ONE Esports Singapore Major 2021, the first major of the 2021 Dota Pro Circuit season, will be held from March 27 to April 4 at Fairmont Singapore. Due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be held without fans in attendance, though the competition will be livestreamed in 4K on YouTube and Full HD on Twitch and Facebook.

This marks the first DOTA 2 Major held since January 2020. The last 4 teams (CN) to qualify will be announced in the next two weeks. The prize pool for the tournament is $500,000 USD and 2700 Pro Circuit Points.

There are currently 14 participating teams out of a total of 18 that have been confirmed for the event, including:

  • EUROPE – Team Secret | Alliance | Nigma | Team Liquid
  • CIS – Virtus.pro | Natus Vincere | AS Monaco Gambit
  • SEA – Fnatic | Neon Esports | T1
  • NA – Evil Geniuses | Quincy Crew
  • SA – Beastcoast | Thunder Predator
  • China – TBD | TBD | TBD | TBD*

*Qualified teams from China will be announced in mid-March.

ONE Esports has also confirmed the participation of the following:

  • Jorien “Sheever” van der Heijden
  • Kasumi “sumichu” Yogi
  • Owen “ODPixel” Davies
  • Ioannis “Fogged” Loucas
  • Benjamin “Bkop” Kopilow
  • Dominik “Lacoste” Stipić
  • Admir “lizZard” Salkanovich
  • Dominik “Black^” Reitmeier
  • David “GoDz” Parker
  • Neal “tsunami” Khandheria
  • Johan “Weppas” Westberg
  • Rikard “skrff” Holm Melin

 

“Having an on-site event during this period is a major accomplishment, and we’re delighted to run this fantastic event which will set the stage for the best teams in the world. The DOTA 2 community deserves a top-notch tournament, and we want to assure everyone that we’ll do our best to provide an amazing experience for the viewers.

“We will take all the measures needed to have a safe tournament in a healthy environment. We would also like to thank Singapore for having us, the only place where running such a large international tournament is possible,” ONE Esports, a tournament organizer from Singapore that was founded in April 2019, said in a statement.

Dota 2, a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game developed and published by Valve, is a sequel to Defense of the Ancients (DotA), a community-created mod for Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and its expansion pack, The Frozen Throne.

Dota 2 is played in matches between two teams of five players in which players collect experience points and items for their heroes to defeat the opposing team’s heroes in player versus player combat. A team wins by being the first to destroy the other team’s “Ancient,” a large structure on their base.

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Mark Lugris is a Contributing Writer at TheGamer. After graduating from the University of Connecticut, he’s worked as a lifestyle and technology writer and editor for the past twenty years in Boston, Madrid and Zurich. Now, he’s chosen the less stressful life of freelance writing at home with his dog, where he can focus on his pop culture passions like film, television, games and sports.

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