Dota Pro Circuit 2018-19 Detailed, Multi-Team Ownership Addressed
- Details on the Dota Pro Circuit for the 2018-19 season have been released.
- Changes include a paired Major/Minor system, removal of direct invites, an open roster system, and rules disincentivizing multi-team ownership.
- The current DPC season finishes with this summer’s The International 2018, which looks to feature the biggest prize pool yet in esports.
Valve has released key details for the upcoming Dota 2 Pro Circuit 2018-2019, culminating in next year’s The International 2019. Notable among the changes includes a new rule about multi-team ownership:
“In cases where one organization or person has ownership in multiple teams, only one of those teams will be eligible to compete in The International, regardless of DPC qualifying points. All teams can participate in the Pro Circuit Majors and Minors leading up to next year’s TI, but all ownership conflicts will need to be resolved prior to TI Regional Qualifiers. This includes cases in which players have financial ties to other teams.”
Other changes include an open roster system, removal of direct invites to events, and a paired Minor/Major framework that turns Minors into a place where teams that didn’t get into Majors can compete against each other.
DPC’s new format is being hailed as a solid move towards sustainability.
DPC’s new format is being hailed on Twitter and Reddit as a solid move towards sustainability for the game’s pro scene. Of course, Dota 2‘s premiere event, The International, remains a monolith across the esports industry, with a prize pool currently sitting just over $13M.
The new Minor/Major linking should succeed in supporting newer or weaker teams, giving them a place to develop and earn a share of the circuit’s prize pool. The multi-team ownership rule should also have significant effect—particularly in China, where most Dota 2 teams are contracted to the Association of Chinese Esports, a governing association that functions similarly to FIFA. This financial tie could violate the above rule.
Despite pending complications, these changes promise to preserve the Dota 2 esports scene. Combined with a successful TI event later this summer, they should propel the game firmly into 2019 and beyond.
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