Valve Accidentally Reveals Tournament Organizers for DPC 2023 Qualifiers in China, EEU and SEA
With the Division II Open & Closed Qualifiers slowly edging in, there was little to no information on who would be the tournament organizers for the upcoming qualifiers. The 2022/2023 DPC (Dota Pro Circuit) season will begin in January, but the Division II open & closed qualifiers are set to begin soon on 11th December & 19th December respectively.
It seems that the first three companies have been unintentionally announced by Valve in the Dota 2 game client. While the three companies will only be handling the qualifiers for now, many believe that these three companies will be handling the regional DPC leagues for the upcoming season.
Three out of six tournament organizers confirmed for Division II qualifiers
Valve has unintentionally announced the first three tournament organizers that would be handling the Division II open & closed qualifiers for DPC 2023 in Eastern Europe (EEU), Southeast Asia (SEA) and China (CN).
According to information that appeared on the Dota 2 game client, the Division II open & closed qualifiers in SEA will be organized by Epulze, a Swedish based company well known for its specialization in tier monthly online cups.
In the Chinese region, Perfect World will continue its operations of handling the region’s qualifiers for Division II. For those unfamiliar with the company, Perfect World is Valve's Chinese partner that publishes Dota 2 in the region and it is also a major tournament organizer for Chinese-based tournaments.
As for the Eastern Europe region, this year’s qualifiers will be handled by newly established German-based company Paragon Events. Many were hoping for well-known tournament organizers Beyond The Summit (BTS) to assist with the qualifiers as it did during this year. However, BTS co-founder David "LD" Gorman announced that the company will not be producing any DPC leagues for the upcoming season due to a lack of communication between the company and Valve.
According to rumors, many believed that Paragon Event was a new iteration of Epic Esports Events. However, Paragon Events’ CEO Aleksander Zavoloka dismissed the allegations on the Liquipedia Discord chat.
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As of now, it is believed that the aforementioned companies will be handling their respective regional DPC leagues for the upcoming season. The basis is further confirmed by Aleksander’s statement above, saying that the company “will be running the EEU DPC”.