The Riyadh Masters, a $15 million competition conducted as part of the Gamers8 festival, will mark the conclusion of the inaugural season of the ESL Pro Tour for Dota 2 by the ESL FACEIT Group (EFG). Since EFG aims to establish a more significant presence in the esport, the ESL Pro Tour, which unites all ESL tournaments in CS:GO, is expanding to Dota 2.
Seasons 19 and 20 of the DreamLeague, an online league operated by EFG’s DreamHack, will be included in the inaugural Dota 2 Pro Tour. There will be 16 teams competing each season for $1 million in rewards.
In addition, for the Riyadh Masters, the championship tournament of the inaugural EPT season, the winner of season 19 and the top two teams from season 20 will be eligible. Also, in the Saudi capital, they will compete in a two-week competition with 17 other teams to win $15 million. “During the last few years, we’ve already saw the success of the ESL Pro Tour and the structure it brings to a game’s esports ecosystem,” said Shane Clarke, EFG’s Director of Game Ecosystems for Dota 2.
“Today, we are excited to expand it into the fantastic world of Dota 2, giving players, fans, and partners – both existing and new – the chance to enjoy the best that Dota 2 esports has to offer. Moreover, the track promises plenty of explosive moments and tier 1 action with the significant Riyadh Masters competition as the EPT Championship event.
Gamers8 starts to reveal the details of the 2023 festival
The Saudi Esports Federation-sponsored Gamers8 video game and esports festival will include the Riyadh Masters from July 17 to July 30. (SEF). Also, according to the event’s organizers, Gamers8 will provide a total prize pool of $45 million across several esports competitions, making it the highest in esports history.
The EPT ranking system, an elo-based ranking system with six zones, allows Dota 2 teams to qualify for DreamLeague (Western Europe, Eastern Europe, North America, South America, China, and Southeast Asia).
The inaugural season’s official dates for Dota’s ESL Pro Tour are shown below:
- June 7-25 – DreamLeague Season 20
- July 17-30 – Riyadh Masters
- April 9-23 – DreamLeague Season 19
Finally, by defeating Team Spirit in the championship match, LGD took home the top prize of $1.5 million, or over half of the $4 million prize fund.