Dubai-based esports organisation Galaxy Racer has revealed the GAMERS GALAXY: Dota 2 Invitational Series Dubai 2022.
The tournament, which is set to take place March 2nd – 6th, will feature 10 Dota 2 teams battling it out for its AED 1,000,000 (~£199,984) prize pool.
The participating teams include Nigma Galaxy, Fnatic, Team Spirit, Virtus.pro, Team Secret, Nigma Galaxy SEA, OG, Tundra Esports, TSM FTX and BOOM Esports.
The tournament format will feature two groups of five teams competing in a round-robin group stage. A total of six teams will advance to the best-of-three double-elimination playoffs.
The GAMERS GALAXY: Dota 2 Invitational Series Dubai 2022 will be played as a LAN competition without a live audience in Dubai Studio City. The series will be broadcasted worldwide, with more details regarding the broadcast yet to be announced.
According to the release, this marks the first high-tier Dota 2 tournament to be held in the MENA region this year. Moreover, the event seeks to help highlight the country as a growing hub for global esports.
Galaxy Racer also recently announced it will sponsor the Canadian National Cricket Team and bolstered its presence within the Southeast Asian market through a projected investment of around $10m (£7.38m) into the Malaysian esports ecosystem.
Paul Roy, Founder and CEO of Galaxy Racer, commented: “We are thrilled to announce the GAMERS GALAXY: Dota 2 Invitational Series Dubai 2022 and to help reinvigorate the Dota 2 esports scene in MENA.
“We have a lot of exciting elements planned for the tournament and I’m proud we are able to have the best teams globally compete against each other in Dubai.”
Esports Insider says: This is great news for MENA esports as a tournament of this scope will surely help promote the region as an esports destination. Moreover, it reflects the Galaxy Racer’s commitment to investing in the future of MENA esports.