In an interview with PCGamesN, ESL UKs managing director James Dean said that while the UK has been positioning itself in order to win a major event, we hadnt expected something to come so quickly. Dean says Birmingham, which is the UKs second-largest city, was chosen as a venue due to the ease and cost of travel and accomodation, but also because I think wed be hard pushed to justify why it should be in London, as [the capital] already gets a huge lions share of what does happen in the UK.
ESL One will take place in the city centre, at Arena Birmingham, between May 25-27, and twelve teams will compete for their share of 1,500 International qualifying points and a $1 million prize pool. Six teams will receive invitations to the tournament, while a further six will be selected through online qualifiers.
Dean is confident that the tournament could mark the start of a greater UK involvement in international esports – if this is a success, then theres no doubt that it will come back, that ESL One will come back, in the UK, and in Birmingham, for next year.
Tickets for ESL One Birmingham will go on sale on Thursday March 15, ranging in price from £19 to £139. You can pre-register you interest in tickets here.
If youre a UK Dota 2 fan whos never had a chance to attend a major tournament – due to, you know, them all being held elsewhere in the world – then rejoice! This years Dota 2 Major is coming to the UK for the first time, and ESL one Birmingham is taking place at the Arena Birmingham on 25-27th May 2018.
The event will see 12 of the top Dota 2 teams fighting for their share of 1,500 qualifying points for The International 8, plus a prize pool of US $1 Million. Six of the twelve teams will be directly invited, while the other six will be selected by taking part in online tournaments for players in North America, South America, Europe, CIS, Southeast Asia and China.
This is a dream come true for the ESL UK team and a fantastic win for the UK scene, says James Dean, managing director at ESL UK. Dota 2 was the very first tournament we ran just after starting up in 2012. We are honoured to have this opportunity and hope to make the Dota 2 community extremely proud.
Birmingham has previously hosted ESL events, including ESL Arena at the NEC. The Brummies are so happy about this one though that even the mayors pretending to know what a Dota is.
Its tremendous news for the city to be playing host to such a prestigious international esports event, says Andy Street, mayor of the west midlands. Birmingham is renowned for major sporting events such as the World Indoor Athletics Championships and Commonwealth Games, so we very much look forward to welcoming the Dota 2 community. As the second largest city in the UK, Birmingham has a huge amount to offer and hosting the UKs first Dota 2 Major adds to the citys fascinating history.
Does it now! Cant fault the guys optimism. The ESL One will also be accompanied by a wider Birmingham-based festival celebrating Dota 2, with details on exactly what this involves to follow.
The press release also included some notes to editors which are rather amusing, because someone in the office has clearly been given the job of coming up with facts about Birmingham. It starts off pretty banal but by the end is so desperately scrabbling for anything vaguely related to the midlands that you cant help but smile.
Birmingham is a city in the West Midlands, England Birminghams population is estimated at 1,124,600, second largest in the UK Birmingham is a major transport hub for the UK, with fast and frequent train services to London and other UK cities. Flights from Birmingham International Airport offer over 150 destinations around the world ESL UK ran a Dota 2 tournament online launching OD Pixels career who is originally from Leicestershire The first offline Dota 2 event was an invitational held at Epic.LAN 12 in Kettering hosted by Machine and casted by Pyrion Flax and Durka
Who knew that OD Pixel is originally from Leicestershire! I wonder where hes from now.
Anyway, the tournament looks like it will be pretty huge, so this is a great chance to see some large-scale eSports up close. Tickets go on sale Thursday at 11am UK, and range in price from £19 to a whopping £139. You can find more information and book tickets here.