GRID and WePlay Esports expand partnership for Dota 2 AniMajor

Berlin-based data platform GRID Esports and tournament organiser WePlay Esports have announced that its data partnership will include the WePlay Esports AniMajor tournament in Kyiv, Ukraine.

According to the release, GRID will deliver visualisations and statistical storylines powered by live server data directly from the game.

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Credit: GRID / WePlay

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This month, eighteen teams compete for the chance to claim part of the tournament’s $500,000 (~£353,000) prize pool. The tournament, which runs from June 2nd – June 13th, is the final chance to qualify for Valve’s The International 2021 to be held in Stockholm, Sweden.

The AniMajor is WePlay Esports’ first Dota 2 Major tournament and the fifth Major overall to utilise GRID’s data platform, per the release.

Due to the conditions of the pandemic situation in Kyiv, the LAN-tournament will be held live without spectators, commented a WePlay Esports representative.

The anime culture-themed AniMajor features recognisable partners such as gaming chair company SecretLab, gaming merchandise retailer Frag Store, and PC hardware manufacturer INNO3D, among others.

Valentyn Shevchenko, Business Development Lead at WePlay Esports, commented: “WePlay Esports is ecstatic to be hosting the AniMajor this year and being able to once again bring the top talent and teams to our fans.

“Our cutting edge production and GRID’s ability to bring data storytelling to life will make this major one to remember.”

WePlay Esports and GRID first announced their exclusive partnership in March, in a bid to support ‘fair and open play’ for the TO’s tournaments. WePlay Esports teased in the announcement that ‘it may expand the partnership to other games and future projects’.

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“Between their commitment to integrity to their unrivalled experience in hosting major events, WePlay Esports is a powerhouse in esports,” added Charlie Hanley-Nickolls, VP of GRID Esports. “Every chance we get to pair our fan engagement products with their events is always something to look forward to.”

Esports Insider says: GRID continues to deepen its data integrations into esports broadcasts. By providing many different broadcasters and TOs with professional player data points to power on-screen narratives, GRID has seemingly become the go-to data platform across the esports industry.

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