Esports tournament organizer WePlay! has announced a non-profit tournament to fill the void left in Dota 2 esports after Valve canceled the fourth Dota 2 Minor and Major events.
The OGA Dota Pit Minor and the EPICENTER Major will no longer take place as Valve has canceled these events following the covid19 coronavirus outbreak.
After careful consideration of the current state and trajectory of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the health risk that this presents to competitors, staff and fans alike, we have made the difficult decision to cancel to the 4th minor and major tournaments of the DPC season.— DOTA 2 (@DOTA2) March 15, 2020
The covid19 coronavirus outbreak has affected esports tournaments globally with tournaments such as the ESL Pro League, IEM Katowice 2020 and ESL One Los Angeles either canceled or moved online.
The outcome of the cancelation of the Dota 2 Major and Minor is still unknown. With fewer events for the DPC 2019-20 Season, teams that have already won tournaments will have a better chance of qualifying for The International. However, at this stage, with the uncertainty surrounding the containment procedures for the covid 19 coronavirus, The International 2020 seems to be in doubt.
WeSave Charity Play tournament is a twenty-four team Dota 2 tournament to combat the covid19 outbreak, the esports way. The tournament will feature a prize pool of $120,000 and there will be four teams from each of the six Dota 2 regions.
The entire pot, including donations from sponsors and viewers, will go towards fighting the coronavirus outbreak. The WeSave tournament will take place from March 20-26, 2020.
There will be twenty-four teams participating in the WeSave! Charity tournament. WePlay! has already confirmed a few participating teams for the upcoming tournament.
With more people staying home, people are playing video games to pass their time. CS:GO recently crossed a million concurrent players while the Steam platform recorded over twenty million concurrent users.
At the same time, online esports tournament are showing new viewership records. IEM Katowice 2020 featured the highest non-Major CS:GO viewership numbers, while ESL Pro League Season 11 has the highest viewership of all seasons in the past.
While playing video games is a great way to pass the time, players should also regularly follow the hygiene guidelines to prevent the outbreak of the covid19 coronavirus.
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