DreamHack and ESL to host Dota Pro Circuit Leagues for European and CIS Regions

DreamLeague S14 DPC EU and ESL One DPC CIS will Commence in January, Offering Points for Majors and The International

New Announcement Sees DH & ESL Host Two of The Six DPC Regions

STOCKHOLM/COLOGNE/NEW YORK — ESL Gaming, the world’s largest esports company, has today announced that it will host the all-new Dota Pro Circuit leagues ESL One DPC CIS powered by Intel® for the CIS region and the DreamLeague Season 14 DPC EU powered by Intel® for the European region. The DPC leagues will precede the Dota 2 Majors and The International 10, which will return following a year off in 2020.

Commencing on January 18th, the DPC leagues will occur online and will run for roughly six weeks with each region consisting of a full best of three Round Robin format. Each region’s league has an upper and lower division consisting of eight teams, and will have three competition days per week. The broadcasts of both regions will be produced out of Stockholm, Sweden, while the leagues will be localized in several languages, including Russian and Chinese, with more to be confirmed at a later date.  

The direct invites to the Upper Division of the ESL One DPC CIS are Virtus.pro, Natus Vincere, Team Spirit, and Live to Win. Directly invited to the Upper Division of the DreamLeague S14 DPC EU are OG, Team Secret, Team Liquid, and Team Nigma. A closed 8-team decider tournament starting January 8th will decide who will fill-up the Upper or qualify into the Lower Division. The final slots for the Lower Division will be determined by Open Qualifiers starting on January 5th.

DPC points will be awarded in the leagues and contribute towards qualification for The Majors and The International, meaning that teams will need to perform to their best level in the DPC leagues in order to progress across the season. Both the European and CIS region’s league will have a prize pool of $280,000.

From the six global DPC leagues, the 18 best performing teams will progress into the Majors, with then the best 12 teams from the Majors going on to compete in The International 2021.

Michael Van Driel, SVP Game Management at ESL Gaming, said: “Alongside the rest of the Dota 2 community, we’ve been eagerly awaiting the return of the Dota 2 Pro Circuit, we’re very excited to kick off the DPC season and provide some thrilling matches for fans to tune in for worldwide!”

For more information on the ESL One DPC CIS head here, while fans can also get updates on LinkedIn, Twitter and at about.eslgaming.com. For the DreamLeague S14 DPC EU head here or visit us on Twitter

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ABOUT ESL GAMING

ESL Gaming is the world’s largest esports and gaming lifestyle company. Since 1994, the company has been shaping the industry and leading esports and gaming innovation on a global scale across the most popular video games with numerous online and offline esports competitions, and through premier gaming lifestyle festivals. The company operates high-profile, branded international leagues and tournaments under the ESL Pro Tour, including ESL One, Intel® Extreme Masters, DreamHack Masters, ESL Pro League, and other preeminent, stadium-size tournaments. ESL Gaming also produces and hosts DreamHack Open tournaments, ESL National Championships, grassroots amateur cups, matchmaking systems, and DreamHack’s gaming lifestyle festivals — which feature everything gaming under one roof. ESL Gaming is part of MTG, the leading international digital entertainment group. More information is available at about.eslgaming.com

ABOUT DREAMLEAGUE 

Founded in the fall of 2013, DreamLeague is one of the longest-running Dota 2 tournaments in the world. Celebrating ten seasons in November 2018 by hosting its second DPC Minor, and hosting DPC Majors in the past, DreamLeague is a prestigious tournament run by the experienced crew from ESL Gaming. Find out more about DreamLeague on dreamhack.com/dreamleague.