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ESL FACEIT Group (EFG), the leading esports and video game entertainment company, has today revealed details of the brand new ESL Pro Tour (EPT) for Dota 2 that debuts in April 2023.

The ESL Pro Tour combines EFG tournaments in a specific game title into a dedicated open circuit where teams battle their way up to ultimately compete at a Championship event. The exciting circuit for Dota 2 gives players, fans, and partners the opportunity to enjoy more cross-regional competitions between the best Dota 2 teams in the world.

The EPT for Dota 2 features seasons of DreamLeague powered by Intel®, during which 16 of the world’s best teams will compete online for a total of two weeks. While the DreamLeague will be produced from EFG’s Stockholm Studios in Sweden, the participating teams will face off remotely from all around Europe.

Teams will qualify for a DreamLeague Season via the EPT Ranking System and will each season battle for a share of the $1,000,000 total prize pool. Furthermore, the best-performing teams will directly qualify for the Group Stage of the EPT Championship event – Riyadh Masters.

The first season of the ESL Pro Tour for Dota 2 includes two DreamLeague Seasons:

  • Season 19: April 9-23, 2023
    • The winning team will qualify directly for the Group Stage of Riyadh Masters.
  • Season 20: June 7-25, 2023
    • The winner and runner-up will both qualify directly for the Riyadh Masters Group Stage.

*Regional Assigned Slots may change between DreamLeague Season 19 and Season 20.

The epic conclusion to the first EPT season will take place at Riyadh Masters in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on July 17-30, 2023. At the live EPT Championship event, 20 of the best teams will compete for a share of the $15,000,000 total prize pool and the title of EPT Champions. The three directly qualified teams from DreamLeague Season 19 and 20 will be joined in Riyadh by 17 more teams, five of which will be determined via the highest average placings across both DreamLeague seasons. Riyadh Masters takes place at the Gamers8 festival. Please check out the official Gamers8 website for more information.

Over the past couple of years, we’ve already seen the success of the ESL Pro Tour and the structure it brings to a game’s esports ecosystem,” said Shane Clarke, Director Game Ecosystems – Dota 2 at EFG. “Now, we are thrilled to expand it into the wonderful world of Dota 2 and thereby give players, fans, and partners – both existing and new – the opportunity to enjoy the best of the best that Dota 2 esports offers. Moreover, with the valuable Riyadh Masters competition functioning as the EPT Championship event, the circuit promises lots of electrifying moments and tier 1 action.

Both DreamLeague seasons will be broadcast on the DreamLeague Twitch and the ESL Dota 2 YouTube channels, and via dedicated broadcast partners. For more information about the ESL Pro Tour for Dota 2, head to the official website.

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