Dota 2, one of the most popular esports titles of all time, will see an all new tournament titled ‘Omega League’ starting in August. The tournament, jointly hosted by Russian tournament organiser Epic Esports Events and Ukrainian esports organiser WePlay! Esports has just entered its open qualifier phase on July 20th, and a total prize pool of $550,000 has been announced.
A ‘first large-scale initiative towards a more sustainable Dota 2 scene’, Omega League aims to ‘provide the top level of competition, production and content,’ to the Dota 2 community. The league will feature a total of twelve teams, split into two groups of six teams each. Ten of which are invited and the rest two teams will be selected through the qualifiers.
Ten top tier organisations- Ninjas in Pyjamas, Team Liquid, Virtus.pro, FlyToMoon, Evil Geniuses, Team Secret, Alliance, Nigma, Natus Vincere, and OG Esports 2018 & 2019 are featured in the League playbill.
Omega League: multi-region Dota 2 tournament with a $590,000 prize pool
The tournament will be split into two regions: the ‘Europe Immortal Division’ and the ‘Americas Divine Division’. The prize purse for the European region is, $550,000, while the same for the American region is $40,000. The first, second, and third teams will be awarded $200,000, $125,000 and $60,000 respectively, with the rest of the prize pool spread accordingly.
The group stage of the tournament will run from 10th to 26th August, followed by the playoffs, scheduled from 28th August to 5th September. All matches of the group stage and playoffs will be played in a best of three format, while the Grand Final will have a best of five format.
“We are excited about the opportunity to work on interesting ideas, and very curious about the reaction of the community,” said Vitaliy “Nexius” Bozhko, Lead Esports Manager at WePlay! Esports.
“Our team and colleagues from Epic Esports Events are giving this event everything that we have. I really hope the audience will enjoy the results. The event takes place on the dates when we are used to seeing The International, and that impacts the level of responsibility we feel about OMEGA LEAGUE,” Nexius was quoted by the official Omega League website.
“OMEGA League is a unique product. We are extremely thankful to the teams and our partners at WePlay! for working together on the vision of what an Online event can and should be,” Mark Averbukh, representative of Epic Esports Events stated, “We hope that this event will set the benchmark in the level of production and provide the fans many hours of premium content.”
Omega League will be broadcasted in English by WePlay! Esports, and in Russian by RuHub.