Event organiser DreamHack has extended its content partnership with German sports network Sport1 to cover two Dota 2 events.
As part of the deal, Sport1 will broadcast DreamLeague Season 13 on January 24-26th and a yet-to-be-announced event later in the year on eSports1.
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Taking place at DreamHack Leipzig, DreamLeague Season 13 is the first Major of the 2020 Dota Pro Circuit season. The event will have a $1,000,000 (£776,005) prize pool and offers teams an opportunity to gain DPC points towards qualifying for The International 10.
Marcus Lindmark, Co-CEO of DreamHack commented on the extended deal: “We’re proud that SPORT1 has chosen to continue working with DreamHack and to broadcast our content to their many viewers in 2020. The broadcast of DreamLeague Season 13, the first Dota 2 DPC Major of 2020, on eSPORTS1 will make it accessible for all German Dota 2 fans that can’t attend the event and help further increase the hype around the tournament.”
In the first year of the deal, Sports1 broadcast five Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Rocket League events from DreamHack live on its eSports1 channel.
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Daniel von Busse, Board Member of Sport1 GmbH said: “We have been working with DreamHack this year and continue our successful partnership in 2020 – with DreamHack on board as an experienced content partner at eSPORTS1.
“The Dota 2 Major in Leipzig will be a highlight with a prize pool of one million dollars starting on Friday, January 24th – a special date as our esports channel eSPORTS1 celebrates its first anniversary on this day. In addition, we were also able to extend our media partnership with DreamHack Leipzig and will again report on one of the largest national gaming festivals in 2020.”
Esports Insider says: Since the deal has been renewed, it seems safe to say that the partnership went well in its first year. The reduction in the amount of events covered this time round may not seem like a good thing, but picking major Dota 2 events seems like a trial run to see which titles perform best on the network.