Valve has finally lent a helping hand to the professional Dota 2 scene after a lot of players and talent condemned them for their continued silence on the issue. Movistar Liga Pro received an amount of $45,000 from Valve to keep the South American Dota 2 scene active. This financial support from Valve will be used to hold two tournaments in the SA region.
South America Gets a Healing Salve From Valve
Valve, in a statement on September 4, had mentioned about its intention to host online leagues in collaboration with various third party organizers.
But with time, there seemed to be no official announcements regarding any upcoming events. As businesses have been impacted globally due to the coronavirus crisis, Dota 2 rosters also started to disband, citing reasons such as the uncertainty of DPC and lack of online leagues. More and more questions and statements started arising each day, criticizing Valve for its negligent behavior.
After this announcement by Movistar Liga Pro Gaming, it looks like Valve might have finally started to help the Dota 2 professional scene.
Movistar Liga Pro Gaming which is produced by Live Media Esports Entertainment revealed that two tournaments will be held by them by the end of this year.
“By the end of the last quarter of the year, the Movistar Liga Pro Gaming of Dota 2 will produce Season 6 with 25 thousand dollars in prizes and two divisions, Upper and Lower Division. In addition, an edition called Final Series with $ 20,000 prize pool, to which the 7 best teams from the Upper Division of Season 6 and the winner of the Lower Division will classify.”
The tournament will also offer an opportunity to amateur players in the South American region who can get in through the open qualifiers.
Movistar Liga Pro Gaming Season 5 which was held in July-August 2020 featured a total of 16 teams with a prize pool was $10,000 USD. It had only one open qualifier spot in the tournament. So, this iteration of the league which will be Movistar Liga Pro Gaming Season 6 features a 1.5x increase in the total prize pool, an extra $ 20,000 Final Series tournament and four open qualifier spots.
Luis Carrillo Pinto, CEO of Live Media, stated:
“Dota 2 is the second most popular esport in Peru, with audiences that can even exceed professional soccer in some cases. This contribution from Valve is a demonstration of their interest in growing Dota 2 in our region and that they have appreciated the great effort we have made over these almost three years to professionalize the local scene. Our entire staff is preparing all the production details to create the best audiovisual and content experience for the enormous legion of esports fans in our country. ”
Certainly, one can expect more announcements from various third party organizers about any upcoming events in collaboration with Valve. Regions of North America, South America and Southeast Asia desperately need a solid boost and this announcement, hopefully, will kickstart the massively disrupted professional scene.