Dota 2 tournaments are rapidly expanding at all levels, while The International is set to cross another psychological threshold this year. It is likely that the flagship event from Valve will greatly exceed the previous record worth $20 million. In 2018, Valve intends to expand the role played by third-party events in deciding the names of teams to participate in The International 2018. This marks a steep departure from the qualifying system used for this year’s edition and a signal for what the future will bring.
More Money on the Table for Dota 2 Players
The fact that Valve will reduce its involvement in organizing qualifiers shouldn’t have a deterring effect on players. There won’t be less money on the table, quite the opposite, as the prices are expected to go up. Major events will need to have a guaranteed prize pool of at least $500,000 while minor competitions need to offer a minimum of $150,000. It will also be mandatory for organizers to run qualifiers from all six regions. This will ensure the fact that players from North America, South America, Southeast Asia, China, Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States will have a shot at qualifying.
Dota 2 players who have high expectations for 2018, should know that Valve will be using a new qualifying points system. They will scale up for both tournaments and major events, so each victory in a big tournament will count towards securing a place at The International 2018. Everything will be transparent because the company intends to make the data public, so anyone interested will be able to check out the leaderboard.