Top European and CIS teams unite their efforts and together with WePlay! Esports and Epic Esports will keep the Dota 2 community needs for quality competitive Dota 2 happening in the month of August satisfied.
The month of August is associated by all Dota 2 fans with The International. Unfortunately, this year, the event can’t happen due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the current situation, OG, Alliance, Nigma, Team Liquid, Team Secret, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Virtus.pro and Natus Vincere have come together to create OMEGA League, an event which will run from July 20 to September 6.
OMEGA League will include both Europe and CIS as well as North and South America divisions, giving a chance to a total of 42 teams to compete for a share of the $600,000 total prize pool.
WePlay! Esports will be in charge of the English broadcast while the Russian stream will be handled by RuHub.
JMR Luna, CEO of OG esports, representative of EU Teams:
“We decided to work together as a coalition of organizations, driven by our commitment to the fans, our love for this game, and the will to create a more sustainable competitive ecosystem around Dota 2. OMEGA LEAGUE is the first tournament coming from this partnership and everyone involved has poured their hearts into making it worthy of those mythical weeks in August.”
Vitaliy “Nexius” Bozhko, Lead Esports Manager at WePlay! Esports:
“We are excited about the opportunity to work on interesting ideas, and very curious about the reaction of the community. Our team and colleagues from Epic Esports Events are giving this event everything that we have. I really hope the audience will enjoy the results. The event takes place on the dates when we are used to seeing The International, and that impacts the level of responsibility we feel about OMEGA LEAGUE.”
Each region will feature two divisions with the biggest portion of the prize pool going towards Europe and CIS competition, $550,000.
EU and CIS teams will compete in Immortal and Divine Division with 12 teams starting in the Immortal group stage. Besides the hefty prize pool ensured for the EU and CIS competition, what also catches the eye is Evil Geniuses’ presence among the invited teams to this portion of the event.
EU and CIS Immortal division invited teams:
- Team Secret
- Team Liquid
- Team Nigma
- Ninjas in Pyjamas
- Evil Geniuses
Europe and CIS closed qualifier participants:
- Team Empire
- Team Unique
Americas portion of the event will feature a total of $40,000 prize pool split into Divine and Ancient divisions. A total of 10 squads will start in the Divine division while the Ancient division will host eight teams. The official announcement doesn’t include any direct invites for the Americas competition, but more details about the whole event are to be released soon.
OMEGA League open qualifiers are set to begin next week, on the 20th of July for Europe and CIS and on August 6 for North and South America.
OMEGA League dates:
Europe and CIS:
- July 20-30: Open Qualifiers
- August 1-9: Closed Qualifiers
- August 10-29: Group Stage
- September: 2-6 Playoffs
- August 6-16: Open Qualifiers
- August 17-26: Group Stage
- August 28-September 5: Playoffs