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ESB and Qatar Esports Federation forge partnership to launch Dota 2 League with $2.6 million prize pool

Posted : 05 February 2024

Esports production company ESB and the Qatar Esports Federation have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a Dota 2 league, featuring three events with a combined prize pool of $2.6 million. The league, set to commence in 2024, will see 10 teams compete in tournaments scheduled for April (Doha, Qatar), July (Lima, Peru), and November (Doha, Qatar).


 Additionally, marketing agency SPORTFIVE has been named the league's media rights partner, while Qatari esports organization Quest Esports will serve as its MENA regional partner. The MOU outlines a three-year vision, including the creation of an open circuit for amateur players.


As part of the agreement, ESB plans to establish its new international operations in Doha, hosting two of the three events in the Qatari capital. The company also aims to expand into new esports titles in the future, although specific details were not disclosed.


This initiative follows Valve's decision to discontinue the Dota Pro Circuit, prompting organizations like ESB and the Qatar Esports Federation to establish their circuits, such as the Dota 2 ESL Pro Tour operated by ESL FACEIT Group.


Gonzalo Velasco, CEO of ESB, expressed enthusiasm for the league's creation, emphasizing the potential for innovation and community engagement not only at the competitive level but also regionally and among amateur players.


The decision to establish the global hub in Qatar is influenced by the country's experience in hosting major sports events, its strategic location, and robust infrastructure. However, the involvement of government-linked esports entities raises concerns within the esports community due to existing restrictions in Qatari laws on LGBTQ+ rights, women's rights, and freedom of expression.


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