The long-rumored Paris Dota 2 Major has now finally been confirmed.
Mars Media confirmed the event on Thursday via an official statement on Facebook. In it, the China-based company stated that they will partner up with Disneyland® Paris to bring the fourth Dota 2 Major of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit.
The Paris Dota 2 Major will serve as the first Dota 2 tournament of its stature ever held in France.
Zhang Yu, CEO of Mars Media, had this to say:
“We are very excited and proud to bring our own MDL to France thanks to Aymeric Magne and his team at Disneyland® Paris. We couldn’t have hoped for a better place and partner to host the very first MDL outside of China. We are looking forward to collaborating with Disneyland® Paris which marks our first, but not last, foray into the western esports market.”
Similar to the three other Dota 2 Majors this season — the Kuala Lumpur Major, the Chongqing Major, and DreamLeague Season 11 — the Paris Dota 2 Major will feature 16 teams fighting over a $1 million prize pool and 15,000 DPC points.
The Paris Dota 2 Major will run from May 4 to May 12 as the Major follow up to the AMD SAPPHIRE Dota Pit Minor on April 22-28.
Bringing Dota 2 to the Happiest Place on Earth
Mars Media has had the privilege of hosting multiple Dota 2 tournaments over the years. Outside of their regular online leagues in China, Mars Media were one of the co-organizers of the first ever Dota 2 Asia Championship back in 2015. MDL also hosted the MDL Macau Minor and MDL Changsha Major for the 2017-18 Dota Pro Circuit.
For this season, the Paris Dota 2 Major will serve as MDL’s first official DPC event following the success of their non-DPC tournament, MDL Macau 2019.
Disneyland Paris are not foreign to hosting esports events themselves. They gave a presentation earlier this year at an Esports BAR explaining their reason behind their increased interest in esports. Also, last year, Disneyland Paris hosted the Riot Games Open Tour France.
More and more tournament organizers are taking huge leaps when it comes to bringing Dota 2 to new countries. Last year, ESL hosted a Dota 2 Major in Birmingham, which was met with resounding success. They have since doubled up on this by announcing ESL One Mumbai 2019, the first big Dota 2 tournament ever held in India, and ESL One Birmingham 2019.
With that said, it’s great seeing MDL and Disneyland® Paris working together to bring Dota 2 to France with Valve’s backing.
We should expect the arena to sell out tickets not long after MDL and Disneyland® Paris make tickets available.
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