Singapore to host first Major of 2021 Dota Pro Circuit in March

(Photo: ONE Esports)
(Photo: ONE Esports)

Singapore will be hosting the first Major event of the 2021 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC), ONE Esports announced on Friday (5 Feb).

The tournament organiser revealed on their website that they will be hosting the ONE Esports Singapore Major from 27 March to 4 April as an in-person LAN event. There has been no word regarding plans to have a live audience during the event, however.

The tournament will have a US$500,000 prize pool and is the first of the two Majors in this year’s DPC leading up to the International 10 (TI10) in August.

The Major will feature the 18 best teams from the six regional leagues of the DPC in Europe, China, Southeast Asia, CIS, North America, and South America.

The top two teams from each regional league will be directly invited to the event, with the top team of each league getting directly seeded into the playoffs while the second-placed team will start in the group stage.

The Major will also have a wildcard stage featuring six teams. The wildcard teams will be comprised of the third and fourth-placed teams in the European and Chinese regional leagues as well as the third-placed teams from the Southeast Asian and CIS leagues.

The Singapore Major was originally planned to be the last Major of the 2020 DPC, but it was cancelled along with the rest of the circuit by the coronavirus pandemic last March.

For 2021, ONE Esports has again partnered with esports production company PGL and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) to host the Singapore Major.

ONE Esports and our partners, PGL and STB, are proud to announce the ONE Esports Dota 2 Singapore Major Presented by PGL,” said ONE Esports CEO, Carlos Alimurung, in a statement posted on ONE Esports’ website.

“We’re excited to host this world-class competition with the world’s best Dota 2 teams, award US$500,000 in cash prizes, and showcase Singapore as one of the global epicenters of esports.”

“We are pleased to come back to Singapore for another great tournament after the Dota 2 Singapore Invitational 2019. PGL is honored to present the first Major of Winter 21 DPC, which will take place in one of the safest places possible – Singapore,” said PGL CEO Silviu Stroie.

“We are proud to host the first Major of the Dota Pro Circuit 2021 and we look forward to welcoming all qualifying teams to the Singapore Major safely. The return and reimagination of esports events is a strong testament to Singapore’s attractiveness as a leading tourism and business destination, as we gradually resume activities in line with the public health situation and prevailing travel policies,” added Jean Ng, Executive Director, Attractions, Entertainment & Tourism Concept Development for the STB.

The Singapore Major will be the second high-profile esports event to be hosted in Singapore this year. The republic notably hosted the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) M2 World Championship last month, with Filipino team Bren Esports claiming the championship.

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