However, the company was harshly criticised by fans, players and talents alike for not revealing any information on how this money will be used in the competitive scene. There are no exact dates for the DPC to resume, and all tournaments in the past months since the COVID-19 outbreak were hosted by third-party tournament organisers, such as WePlay! Esports, the ESL or Beyond the Summit.
The Dota scene still struggles financially
As a result, many esports organisations who operated in Dota 2, as well as free stacks, face financial struggles. With no perspective of a real competitive scene returning in the near future, sponsors have backed out. Various teams in different regions have had to disband or shut down, the latest example being CR4ZY who played in North America. The region now only has one sponsored team left, which is Evil Geniuses, who are currently playing in Europe.
Valve supports the South American scene
Valve have now taken the first measures to support the scene financially again, as Wykrhm Reddy shared this Friday on Twitter. The South American scene is supported with a prize pool of $45,000 for the upcoming Movistar Liga Pro Gaming tournaments by Live Media Esports Entertainment.
Season 6 of the league will receive the first part of the financial support from Valve. The tournament features a $25,000 prize pool and is divided into two divisions, the upper and lower division.
Valve will help Movistar Liga Pro Gaming produce two tournaments this year in South America with $45,000 USD in prizes to help the Dota scene in the region during this down time. Read more info here: https://t.co/tTVTze5D7f pic.twitter.com/XTsN7aypG5— Wykrhm Reddy (@wykrhm) October 9, 2020
On top of that, an edition called Final Series will be supported with the remaining $20,000. There, the seven best teams from the upper division of Season 6 and the winner of the lower division will compete against each other.
The tournament is open to all teams from the South American region. Qualifiers will be opened on the FirstBlood.io esports competition platform. You can find more information on the official homepage of Movistar.
¿QUERÍAN DOTA?🔥— Movistar Liga Pro Gaming (@MovistarLPG) October 6, 2020
Regresa en octubre la Movistar Liga Pro Gaming powered by @LenovoLegion con $45,000 de prize pool.
Serán 2 torneos para cerrar este 2020:
✅MLPG Dota 2 Season 6
✅MLPG Final Series#Dota2 #esports #MLPG #MDeportes pic.twitter.com/mm6KmwRleo
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