Some of the top Dota 2 teams in the Western Scene together with Epic Esports Events and WePlay! Esports has launched an online Dota 2 tournament called Omega League. The tournament features a $550,000 prize pool and will kick off on 1st August 2020.
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The Omega League will be organized by WePlay! Esports and Epic Esports Events. It will feature four separate divisions, with European and North American leagues divided into two divisions each.
10 teams have been invited to the Immortal Division, including teams like:
Two additional teams will also qualify the main league through a closed qualifier.
Despite being a team from NA, Evil Geniuses are confirmed to be competing in the European Division of the Omega League.
Team Owned Leagues have become a feature of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) Tournament Circuit with the ESL Pro League (Louvre Agreement) and Flashpoint being two of the biggest leagues which are owned in part or in full by a host of top esports organizations.
Many of these organizations also have teams in Dota 2. The statement which was made by a coalition of various esports organizations alongside this tournament announcement indicates that Dota 2 is moving in the same direction.
“The suspension of the DPC has thrown our competitive scene into a sort of twilight zone populated by an array of small tournaments making it very taxing on players, and hard for fans to engage emotionally.
We decided to work together as a coalition of organizations, driven by our commitment to the fans, our love for this game, and the will to create a more sustainable competitive ecosystem around DotA 2. OMEGA LEAGUE is the first tournament coming from this partnership and everyone involved has poured their hearts into making it worthy of those mythical weeks in August.
We've found fantastic partners in Epic Esports Events and WePlay! Esports, both willing to commit to the higher level of integration that's required to reach the quality fans have come to expect from Major-level tournaments. OMEGA LEAGUE is our first large-scale initiative towards a more sustainable DotA 2 scene. Together we hope to breathe new life into the highest tiers of DotA 2 competition, and we can't wait to show the world what we've been building.
We are excited about the future of the DPC, and we're committed to supporting Valve and the rest of the ecosystem in their efforts to make competitive DotA better for fans, players, and partners alike. ”
- Alliance, Liquid, NAVI, Nigma, NIP, OG, Secret and VP
The Omega League will take place from 20th July to 6th September, with the main event kicking off on 1st August 2020.