One Esports cancels Singapore Major and Bang Bang Invitational
In what will come as a disappointment—but certainly not a shock—to Dota 2 fans, ONE Esports has announced the cancellation of Singapore Major. The PGL-presented event, which was to have taken place at Singapore Indoor Stadium June 20 to 28, had a prize pool of US$1 million, and had been the last Dota Pro Circuit event left on the calendar after the postponement of the International 2020.
ONE Esports didn’t exactly have a choice in the matter. As it pointed out in an update posted to its website, “the Singapore government has announced that gatherings of more than 250 people have to be suspended until June 30.” And for that, we can thank our old friend COVID-19.
In a related development, the ONE Esports Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Invitational (MLI), which had been slated to take place in Jakarta, Indonesia, from July 1 to 5, has been postponed, with new dates still pending. Once again, ONE Esports and Moonton, the creator and publisher of the game, have had this decision made for them in the name of safeguarding public health, with the government of Indonesia having suspended the issuing of event permits back in March.
“ONE Esports is committed to delivering top-notch experiences for Dota 2 and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang,” ONE Esports CEO Carlos Alimurung said in a statement. “These changes were tough to make, but they were necessary. We place great importance on the health and safety of our esports athletes, staff, and fans.”