South American esports tournament host Movistar Liga Pro Gaming has announced two upcoming tournaments with $45,000 USD in prize support from Valve Software. This is the first time Valve has been involved in a Dota tournament since StarLadder Dota 2 Minor S3 in March 2020.
On September 4, an official blog post from the Dota 2 team
acknowledged the lull in competitive Dota caused by the pandemic. In the post, the Dota Team said they’ve “started reaching out to many more tournament organizers to offer help and financial support in order to be able to create increased coverage globally for the remainder of the year.”
The blog post went on to apologize for Valve’s delayed response to the pandemic. They also acknowledged how the cancellation of the Dota Pro Circuit had negatively affected regions with less third-party involvement like North and South America. This is the first sign of Valve’s involvement and the community response so far has been very positive. The next season of the DPC is still slated for early 2021.
Can prize funding revive the Americas?
Multiple esports organizations have been forced to bow out of Dota since the beginning of the pandemic. Quincy Crew, 4 Zoomers, and ex-CR4ZY are three top-tier North American stacks that are currently unsponsored due to a lack of competitive events.
The first partnership has been made public 35 days after the initial announcement and only covers two tournaments in South America. The South American scene has enjoyed some amount of competition between OMEGA League, BTS Pro Series, and Movistar Liga’s own competitive circuit, which ended its fifth season at the end of August. $45,000 will go a long way towards revitalizing SA Dota in the pandemic. Future announcements of Valve partnerships for South America and other regions are highly anticipated.