UPDATE (March 16th): ESL One Birmingham has become the fastest-selling ESL Dota 2 Major ever.
Tickets went on sale on Thursday March 15th at 11am, with 1,000 tickets selling within the first five minutes, and the whole pre-allocation of tickets selling in six hours.
ESL senior product VP Ulrich Schulze said: “No Dota 2 event has ever sold tickets faster for us than ESL One Birmingham. Currently discussing an adjustment of the venue and stage layout to allow more seats since we are almost at capacity already.”
— ESL Dota2 (@ESLDota2) March 15, 2018
Original article (March 13th):
ESL One Birmingham, powered by Intel, has been confirmed as the first $1m Dota 2 Major and ESL One ever to be held in the UK.
Following a fierce pitch between three ESL territories that have never hosted Dota 2 Majors before, ESL One will be held at Arena Birmingham from May 25 to 27th 2018.
12 world-class Dota 2 teams will battle it out for their share of 1,500 qualifying points for The International 8, plus a prize pool of $1m. Six of the 12 teams will be directly invited to participate, while the other six teams will be selected through online qualifiers open to teams in North America, South America, Europe, CIS, Southeast Asia and China.
Thousands of passionate UK Dota 2 fans have previously travelled abroad for European ESL One events, making the UK the second largest visiting region. Arena Birmingham, in the heart of Birmingham city, will host the event – with some of the country’s best Dota 2 talent involved.
The open qualifier dates are April 14th and 15th, closed qualifiers are April 19th to 22nd, and the group stages (played backstage) will take place from May 23rd to 24th.
The talent line-up has yet to be revealed, but Dota 2 has a host of UK talent from the likes of ReDeYe to ODPixel, PyrionFlax and more.
ESL One Birmingham will feature a wider festival celebrating Dota 2, as well as opportunities for fans to get involved in making the major special. More details will be coming soon.
ESL has also set up a supporters page for fans to share their views on the news.
“This is a dream come true for the ESL UK team and a fantastic win for the UK scene,” commented 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. We look forward to being an integral part of the success of this event, and to the potential of having ESL One back in Birmingham next year.”
“It’s tremendous news for the city to be playing host to such a prestigious international esports event”
Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands
Birmingham has already hosted other ESL UK events, including the ESL Arena, the largest esports activation ever held in the UK to date, held at EGX 2017 at the Birmingham NEC.
“It’s tremendous news for the city to be playing host to such a prestigious international esports event,” added 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 UK’s first Dota 2 Major adds to the city’s fascinating history.”
Ian Congdon, Head of Venue Sales – Arenas, NEC Group, commented: “We are thrilled to have been selected to host such a prestigious event for Dota 2.
“Our award-winning Arena Birmingham is one of the busiest and most well-connected large-scale indoor venues in Europe. With our unique canal-side location, in one of the UK’s most vibrant cities, it’s the perfect place to bring the gaming community together.”
Tickets for ESL One Birmingham 2018 go on sale Thursday March 15th, and range in price from £19 to £139. To register your interest in tickets visit www.esl-one.com/dota2/birmingham-2018/tickets
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
A keen League of Legends and World of Warcraft player, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He works as full-time content director for the British Esports Association and runs ENUK in his spare time.