Several Dota 2 fans have vented their frustration on Reddit and other media about the cost of the Bali Major tickets. There are just two ticket options available for the three days of the tournament that will be played in front of a crowd, according to IO Esports, the tournament organizer in charge of the Bali Major, who verified this on May 24.
A basic pass costs USD 388, while a VIP one costs USD 888, granting admission to “an exclusive afterparty.” The pricing has drawn criticism on Reddit and social media. Many have argued that the tournament is intended more for foreign tourists than for local supporters because the tickets are priced in dollars. The Ayana Estate, an opulent five-star resort, will host the Bali Major. Features 18 of the world’s top teams competing for $500,000 in prize money in the third and final Major of the 2023 Dota Pro Circuit.
In Jakarta, the wealthiest province in Indonesia, the minimum monthly salary is 4.6 million Indonesian rupiah (USD 310), according to Indonesian technology company Cermati. The entire cost far exceeds what the average Indonesian can afford when travel, food, and lodging costs are included.
Bali Major ticket costs infuriate Dota 2 players
A thread titled “Bali Major’s unreasonably expensive ticket tiers (and seat map)” was soon created and attracted dozens of comments on the official Dota 2 subreddit shortly after the tickets went on sale. Also, one person responded, “As an Indonesian, I f**king hate this,” referring to the fact that the concert doesn’t appear to cater to local fans.
According to some users, fans will have to spend more to watch the Bali Major live than they did for last year’s The International, the biggest competition on the Dota circuit, in Singapore. The daily price of the event’s playoff stage tickets was USD 64, for a total of $256 for the phase. The cost for people to watch the two-day Finals was USD 361. As it is the nearest to us in Australia, a couple of my friends were interested in Bali Major, but when they saw the ticket price, they decided against it. “The ticket for my friend’s trip to TI in Singapore last year was less expensive than this Major, Ridiculous.”
Many users also praised the 2016 Manila Major’s reasonable ticket costs, ranging from P50 ($0.90) to P400 ($7.19 USD) every day. Ticket availability for the Bali Major soon sold out, frustrating many fans. Also, some customers complained they could not finalize their purchases and questioned whether scalpers bought tickets in large quantities. Is a bot scraping the content? Just four minutes after the sales began, it’s not accessible, one user tweeted.
The Dota Pro Circuit rating, which determines which teams will compete at The International, will be determined by the teams’ performance at the Bali Major, which will be their final opportunity to collect points. The annual event this year will run from October 10 to 29.
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