Dota’s ONE Esports Singapore Major to proceed with a small hitch

Don't be in a rush to book your plane tickets

Those who spend 23 or 24 hours a day glued to MSNBC, CNN, and Al Jazeera might suggest that after 12 straight months or so of sheer hell there’s light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel. New vaccines are being approved daily and then rolled out in countries across the globe. And, not only that, Texas and Mississippi have both decided that things are going so swimmingly on the pandemic front that facemasks are no longer required and every business can return to 100 percent capacity. All of which makes one wonder what’s going on with the Dota Pro Circuit’s upcoming ONE Esports Singapore Major.

First, the good news. The competition is going ahead, with 18 DPC teams from six global regions competing for US$500,000 in cash, and valuable Pro Circuit points. Dota 2 players will battle things out at the Fairmont Singapore from March 27 to April 4.

But here’s the downside—obviously organizers haven’t heard about what’s going on in Texas. Or maybe we’re talking an upside if you’re an esports fan who quite understandably remains hesitant to get on a plane when COVID-19 continues to be a small problem.

No fans will be allowed to attend the season-concluding major Dota 2 LAN event, which will be the first since the world went to heck in a flaming handcart.

Dota 2 fans can tune in on the web!

According to ONE Esports Singapore Major organizer PGL however, fans will be able to watch in 4K on YouTube, and tune in for HD broadcasts on Twitch and Facebook.

“Having an on-site event during this period is a major accomplishment, and we’re delighted to run this fantastic event which will set the stage for the best teams in the world,” said PGL CEO Silviu Stroie. “The Dota 2 community deserves a top-notch tournament, and we want to assure everyone that we’ll do our best to provide an amazing experience for the viewers. We will take all the measures needed to have a safe tournament in a healthy environment. We would also like to thank Singapore for having us, the only place where running such a large international tournament is possible.”

Teams that will be participating in the ONE Esports Singapore Major include Europe’s Team Secret, Alliance, and Team Liquid. Evil Geniuses and Quincy Crew will make the trek from North America, and Beastcoast and Thunder Predator coming from South America.

Here are some of the major players that will be participating.

  • Kasumi “sumichu” Yogi
  • Owen “ODPixel” Davies
  • Ioannis “Fogged” Loucas
  • Benjamin “Bkop” Kopilow
  • Dominik “Lacoste” Stipić
  • Admir “lizZard” Salkanovich
  • Dominik “Black^” Reitmeier
  • David “GoDz” Parker
  • Neal “tsunami” Khandheria
  • Johan “Weppas” Westberg
  • Rikard “skrff” Holm Melin

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

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