Earlier this week, Twitch Rivals ran a two-day short Dota 2 event for Twitch Partners and Affiliates. It was Twitch’s second venture in the Dota 2 field and unfortunately, it felt like a rushed tournament with an inflated prize pool.
Twitch Rivals: Dota 2 Showdown had four teams competing in Americas and only two in Europe and CIS. Peter “ppd” Dager got involved in trying to organize the NA and SA portion of the event, asked, as he mentions in a recent rant video about the event, at the last minute. The teams participating in the event were decided by captains who did a schoolyard pick to create the roster.
ppd explains that he did the best he could to give a chance to as many as possible semi-pro players to compete. “This is kind of your group of North and South American players who are right on the fence of being professional Dota 2 players and still not making money. These guys don’t get a lot of opportunities to compete for $50,000 unless there are a bunch of pro teams in the way”.
The total prize pool was $100,00 split between the two major regions. While in Americas, the winning team took $25,500, about 5k for each player, the fourth placed team earned $6,500 for their efforts, a bit more than one thousand dollars for each player.
In Europe and CIS however, the competition was comprised only by two teams, in what was supposed to be a EU versus CIS Showdown with the same $50.000 prize pool. The EU team had the biggest two streamers in the region, Janne “Gorgc” Stefanovski and Henrik “AdmiralBulldog” Ahnberg, joined by three unknown guys, allegedly Divine ranked player, while the CIS team had a mix of pro players, former TI winners, and a Russian streamer, with Oleksandr “XBOCT Dashkevych in the captain seat.
The whole EU vs CIS affair lasted about two hours, with XBOCT team’s taking home $40,000 for their 3-0 sweep, leaving $10,000 for the losing team.
“This is wrong, straight up,” ppd said in his rant video. “I love people in Dota making money, I think it’s important and obviously it’s nice, but to me, this honestly just looks like somebody at Twitch just doesn’t know what they are doing,” he explained.
In true ppd fashion, the NA retired legend tried to give as much feedback and he wishes that Twitch will take the video as a positive criticism action. “I would hate for them to say, “Oh, Dota 2 is too complicated” or “Dota 2 is a miss,” because it doesn’t have to be that way,” he said. “I think if you just put a little more effort in, and a little more thought, maybe connect with someone in the community, they can help you put on a quality show that will not only leave the viewers entertained, but also keep the community engaged and grateful for the opportunities you’ve brought them.”