PGL to host Singapore Major in March

By Chelsea JackFebruary 5, 2021
The Major, taking place March 27 - April 4, is scheduled to take place in Singapore.
With $500,000 on the line, the Major will also award 2,700 DPC points to the 18 teams that compete at the event. Teams will earn their spot at the Major via the Upper Division leagues in each region. Four teams will attend from each of (Western) Europe and China, three from Southeast Asia and CIS (aka Western Europe), and two from each of North and South America.
While some LAN events have happened in China since the beginning of the pandemic, this will be the first international Dota LAN event since the early months of 2020, marking a full year of online tournaments. The last Valve Major to occur was DreamLeague Season 13 in January 2020, which Team Secret won.

Why Singapore?

PGL has a history of running events in Southeast Asia, including the Kuala Lumpur Major in 2018 and the Manila Major in 2016. The organization is currently hosting the Southeast Asian branch of the DPC. It makes a certain amount of sense that they would extend that into a Major in the region.
As per the press release, the event will be "organized in partnership with ONE Esports and Singapore Tourism Board (STB)."
The latter gives us hope that the qualifying teams and a group of casters will be able to attend. Currently, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Singapore has had limited entry to the country primarily to citizens and a business travel scheme called the Reciprocal Green Lane. The country has largely coped with the pandemic through a lockdown period that lasted through June 2020, followed by strict measures aimed at limiting the virus's spread, including restrictions on foreign visitors. This has resulted in low numbers of COVID cases through the end of 2020 and early 2021 but may make it a difficult travel location.
That said, it seems possible that the Singapore Tourism Board will work in cooperation with PGL and the teams to enable travel to the LAN event. With most regions wrapping up their Upper Division events at the end of February, there will be nearly four weeks to untangle travel requirements for the 90 players and their associated coaches and managers.
The Singapore Major will conclude the first season of the 2021 DPC. This event should be followed by a second season and second Major. The DPC points awarded across all four of these components of the DPC year will determine which teams are directly invited to The International 10.
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